Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs

A few years back I used a natural way of dying my Easter Eggs with things such as leaves and juices with varying results. (you can review that by clicking the hyperlinks). This year I went a whole new direction after I saw a video on the Internet on how to dye eggs with silk ties. (I’d post the video but I don’t know how to link it from Facebook. If you can find it outside of that leave the link in the comments).
It worked, but the desired results need a little work. Here’s what you have to do.
Your supplies are: Patterned silk ties that you don’t mind cutting up, string, white cotton fabric.

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First cut the ties into square pieces (mine aren’t exactly square for the first time but I wanted to make sure it would wrap around completely).

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Wrap the silk around the egg with the right side, bright side, pattern side on the inside.  Then generously wrap it up with string.  This will hold the material tightly to the egg.

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Then cut a square of white cotton and wrap that around as well and tie. 

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Take 4 cups of water and 1/4 cup of vinegar in a pot. Place the eggs in the water and bring to a boil then simmer for 30 min.

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This is what my eggs looked like when I unwrapped them. The pattern DID transfer. Some not very dark and not always smoother but I was satisfied and would call it a success.

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Happy Easter! !!

Easter Egg Decoration Ideas Part 2: The Results

The results of my Easter Egg Decoration Project are mixed.

 

Organic Dyes- Fail

Tie-Dye- Decent Enough

Leaf Silhouettes- Pass

(Left)using red ingredients (Right)Spinach dye

First the Organic dyes did not produce what I would consider acceptable for what I wanted. Perhaps I don’t know enough about the process to make it work properly or didn’t give it enough time.  But for what I paid at the grocery store in ingredients, I was disappointed.  I knew the color would come out faded, but some I really had to look hard to see if the egg had even turned. 

 

Red Cabbage

 

The blue-ish gray egg on the left was put in with the red cabbage.  Then I added cranberry juice, chili powder and paprika, soaked for about an hour, and it didn’t even look red.  The green one was the result of soaking in canned spinach. 

The Yellows I used delicious apple and lemon peals.  Same with the orange. I boiled orange peals and carrots.  The eggs didn’t even change.  I put them in a cup with the Paas tablets and colored them regular.
 

 

 

 

 

Second try was the Tie-Dye.

The only things that I have to report are that you should probably wear gloves and when you re-wet the paper towel, don’t do it too much.  It will cause the colors to fade too much.  Also, on the paper towel, I had the food color close together. Well it didn’t spread that well and I had white spots showing. 

Food Color (first step) on the paper towel

 

 

 

 

The egg wrapped in the paper towel before spraying water on it.

 

 

 

The tie-dye egg result

Lastly- the leaf silhouettes were my favorite and turned out the best.  These are the leaves that I picked out.  I didn’t think of it at the time I picked them in the park, but they shrivel fast so I would press them in parchement paper in a book as soon as possible.

Leaves selected- use them right away or press them flat in a book

I would definitely try this again.  (I used the Paas dye).

These are the eggs after soaking in the dye for 30 min. Stil in wrapped in the nylons to dry.

I tried to see if I could put a leaf on either side, but was not able to because when I pulled the nylon it would scrunch it.  I placed the leaf on the egg.  Put my hand inside the nylon and grabbed the egg, then pulled the nylon off my hand from the top.  The type of leaf that was on the yellow egg.  It didn’t make a good imprint.  Think of that when selecteing what type of leaf to use. 

Easter Egg Decoration Ideas

Cute bunny-rabbits, chocolate, games and peeps.  It’s time to get out the Paas tablets and gold wire egg dippers.  Easter weekend is nearly upon us!

As a child, Easter was always one of my favorite holidays.   I loved hunting all over the house for the eggs- it was so much fun that I would start looking forward to it weeks in advance.  (Except, of course, when my sister would get up early and map out where all the eggs were.  I’d start crying because she got more eggs and then our parents would yell at us for fighting).  

This year I plan on trying three new in the ways of dying Easter eggs instead of the Paas dissolvable tablets.  I haven’t tried them yet, so I don’t have any photos to share or testimonials, but these are part of the plan for Friday afternoon’s project. 

1.

Trying to be a good citizen of earth and doing my part to both recycle and compost, I am going to keep my egg decorating on a natural level.  I’ve seen ideas on TV to use vegetables and other food products to create dye colors. 

I put together this color chart.  In the food required column, you don’t need all of them such as blueberries and red cabbage and grape juice.  Just choose from the list what you might have on hand.  However, I would probably try a combo to get a richer color.

Color

Food Required

Lavender

Purple Grape Juice Red Teas (i.e. Zinger)

Violet Blue

Red Wine

Blue

Canned Blueberries Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled) Purple Grape Juice

Green

Spinach Leaves (boiled)

Greenish Yellow

Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)

Yellow

Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled) Carrot Tops (boiled) Chamomile  or Green Tea

Brown

Strong Coffee (needs to soak overnight) Black Walnut Shells (boiled) Black Tea

I left off the popular onion skin boiling procedure because from the videos I’ve seen Martha Stewart do, I don’t like the end result.  The brown eggs are spotty and not uniform.  If you want a brown egg just buy a brown egg or go with coffee

Orange

Cooked Carrots Chili Powder Paprika

Pink

Beets Cranberries or Juice Raspberries Red Grape Juice Juice from Pickled Beets

Red

Canned Cherries with Juice Pomegranate Juice Raspberries

2.

Tie-dyed Eggs (Groovy !!)  The steps involved in this are definitely not far out, but rather relatively easy.

–      First take a paper towel (make sure you have a strong paper towel that wont rip) and wet it.  Ring out excess water to make it just dampened.

–      Next put several drops of food coloring close together in the center of the towel.  Note: protect your counter with a cookie sheet or plastic.

–      Wrap the egg in the paper towel tightly.  Then remoisten the paper towel.  This will cause the food coloring to spread.

–      Remove paper towel and dry.

3.

Lastly I am going to make an egg or two that have nature made silhouette type impressions on them.

(I found this picture on Pinterest)

 

       Gather items from the garden like a few leaves, or flower petals. (I’ve heard stickers  with interesting shapes work to such as castles or hearts) –      Wash the hard boiled eggs with vinegar first.  It cleans the shell for even dying.

–      Next take a q-tip (or brush if you have one) and paste the leaf to the egg shell using the egg white from another egg.  It’s important that the leaf is completely flat and tight against the egg or the dye will bleed underneath ruining the impression.

–      Place the egg inside an old pair of nylons, twist it tightly and tie the end with a rubber band.

–      Dip into your dye mixture for a minimum of 20 minutes if not longer.

–      When done dying, remove and dry completely with the nylon still on the egg.

–      When it is completely dry remove the nylon only.

–      Make sure the egg is completely dry before peeling off the leaf.

I’ll update this post with photos after I have completed my projects regardless of pass or fail on these techniques.  I just wanted to get it posted before Easter in case anyone else wanted to try something new.