How to Make Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs
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100% Silk Ties
Pipe Cleaners or Plastic Twist Ties
Scissors and/or Seam Ripper
Tongs or Spoon
1. Cut ties into 7 to 8 inch segments — each tie yields approximately 6 segments. Open along the back seam using scissors or a seam ripper. Remove and discard tags and lining.
2. Wrap a raw egg with a piece of tie silk, making sure the front printed side of the material is facing the egg, and secure gently but tightly with a twist tie or a short length of pipe cleaner. The silk does not need to fit perfectly around the egg.
3. Wrap the silk-wrapped egg in a square of muslin fabric and secure gently but tightly with a twist tie or a short length of pipe cleaner.
4. Place the wrapped eggs in a non-aluminum pot and fill with enough water to cover completely. Add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar to the water.
5. Bring the water to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the eggs with tongs or a spoon and set aside to cool.
6. After the eggs have cooled, undo the twist ties and unwrap the eggs.
• Vintage silks ties can easily and inexpensively be purchased at thrift stores.
• Silk blouses or scarves will also work beautifully.
• Instead of purchasing muslin for the outer wrappers, you can also repurpose old t-shirts — which can then be used as cleaning rags after the project.