Tie-dyed Easter eggs. With a real tie. Very cool.

When my sister and I were little, we used to color Easter eggs by melting down crayons and literally painting on the color. Now, they make it so easy to color and decorate Easter eggs that all you need to do is drop it in a bowl of colored liquid and put a bunch of crappy stickers on it. Where’s the hardship? Where’s the pain and agony? Let’s get back to basics.

Truthfully though, these aren’t that hard. And they turn out super cool!

Here’s the one thing I know about this: It’s all trial and error in the beginning. So, buy a bunch of eggs.

Materials and Tools
Small- to medium-size raw white eggs
Glass or enamel pot
Twist ties
3 tablespoons of white vinegar
Warm water
Vegetable oil
Paper towels
Tongs or spoon
Silk ties, blouses, or boxers, cut into pieces large enough to cover an egg
White sheets (or pillowcases or old tablecloths), cut into pieces to cover silk-wrapped eggs

Note: You do NOT need to start raiding your husband’s closet or tearing apart his underwear. Hit up a thrift store and you can buy some funky neckties and shirts for cheap.

Silk Tie Easter Eggs How-To
1. Cut silk into a square (or a piece) large enough to wrap around a raw egg.
2. Wrap a raw egg with a piece of silk, making sure the printed side of the material is facing the egg. Silk can still be used if it doesn’t fit perfectly around egg.
3. Place the silk-wrapped egg in a piece of white sheet, pillowcase, or old tablecloth and secure tightly with a twist-tie.
4. Place the egg(s) in an enamel or glass pot. Fill pot with water to cover eggs completely. Then, add three tablespoons of white vinegar.
5. Bring water to a boil, turn heat down, and simmer for 20 minutes (longer if you plan on eating the eggs).
6. Remove eggs from water with tongs or spoon and let cool.
7. Remove silk from cooled egg.
8. For shiny eggs, wipe with vegetable oil after completing step 7.

These instructions are compliments of marthastewart.com. Here’s a great step-by-step video.

Looking for some additional tips and tricks? Click here for another tutorial and secrets to egg dying success.

Here are the ones my sister did. Sweet!

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