Thursday, April 01, 2010

Eggs to dye for

Last week, Amy and I got our craftiness on and decided to literally tie-dye some eggs for Easter. We both had seen this idea on various crafty websites and took the plunge since we had a few hours to spare.

Go to the website for step-by-step directions, but the gist is that you dye an egg with a silk tie wrapped around it. It's pretty amazing.

A few things we learned:
  1. Thrift stores have awesome ties and they're CHEAP.
  2. Thrift stores are well-stocked with tacky Christmas sweaters this time of year. We are both well prepared for Ugly Christmas Sweater Brunch 2010.
  3. Lines at our local thrift store tend to be amazingly long at 11:00 on Thursdays.
  4. Crazy and ugly ties make cool dyed eggs.
  5. This project took longer than we thought, but it's our fault, not the project's fault.
  6. You can get two eggs dyed per tie.
  7. Although we didn't have a glass or enamel pot to boil our eggs in, it worked just fine.
  8. Next time we should make sure the vinegar is evenly distributed in the water BEFORE we dunk our eggs. (Yeah, duh. But I think that's why they didn't dye very evenly.)
  9. Go to the bathroom before you try this project.
Wanna see pictures? Here you go!

Amy's egg wrapping skillz:

About to be wrapped again and dunked:

Amy was getting a little jealous that the eggs were getting all the attention:
Relaxing in the hot tub:

All of the finished eggs... prettier in real life. :(

Our favorite! (I don't have a scrap of the tie to compare to it)

The black on this one was cool!

Wild design, but turned out fun!

This one is so pretty, but I wish it had been more vivid.

We're tempted to go for round two, and I'm thinking we'll have much better results! Let me know if you try it - I'd love to see what you end up with!


  1. Very impressive!!!

    I only have one kiddo who's into the whole egg dying thing. [Makes me sad]. I think we're going to try making these speckled eggs this weekend.

  2. Wow- that is amazing. So freaking cool!

  3. That is......WOW!!! I am soooo going to have to try year :-)
    Cool eggs Angie!!! I hope your girls liked them.

  4. These are gorgeous! I'm too pregnant to make it work for this year (33 wks + 38 yo body = too pregnant!), but I'll definitely try it for next year!
    What a great idea!

  5. Those turned out beautiful!!!! I've always wanted to try that, so it's fun to see that it worked for you guys!
    Here's another fun idea....Carson did this in school this week, and I'm pretty sure he got all the directions right: cut up a yellow onion, boil it with some water in a pot. Place a small leaf or herb against an egg and wrap it in nylons, tie it off, just like you guys did, then let it sit in the hot onion water for about 15 minutes...then unwrap your creation and see what it looks like....very cool. :-)

  6. oh my gosh! these are gorgeous!!! very cool idea. i don't think my boys will be able to sit still long enough to do this project with me. :( can i borrow emma and addie for an hour or two on saturday? ;)

  7. Too cute! What a great idea!

  8. I have never seen this! We haven't done eggs b4, but this might make me try it!

  9. I saw this last year & totally forgot about it!!!! DARN IT!!! We dyed eggs last night. I hope I remember this for next year. Great job, they turned out awesome!

  10. I saw this last year & totally forgot about it!!!! DARN IT!!! We dyed eggs last night. I hope I remember this for next year. Great job, they turned out awesome!

  11. Here I thought I was doing good just buying the regular ol' dye! :) We're dying eggs at YOUR house next year!

  12. This is awesome! I can't wait to try it!

  13. They look great! A drop of olive or other vegetable oil rubbed into the shell over the dying process would make them shiny and enhance the colours too. And in case you are wondering who on earth I am, I was originally hoping to have your blog name for myself, but discovered your delightful blog in the process so call by occasionally. Thought I'd say 'Hi'.


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