Published on April 17th, 2011 | by Julie Finn25
How-to: Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs
I don’t know about your kids (or you!), but my kids want to dye Easter eggs every day. Seriously, everyone is required to eat at least two hard-boiled decorated eggs for lunch every day, and we’re still not getting through them as fast as they’re getting made.
It’s my opinion, however, that repetition encourages creativity, in that everyone has long since grown tired of simple vinegar + food coloring preparations, and we’ve launched into the wide world of more unusual egg decorating projects. We’ve dyed eggs with silk scarves, blown them out, decorated them with stickers and Sharpies, and added wax to the mix.
Tie-dyeing eggs is another simple decorating activity, since the only materials that it requires over and above the dye are some rubber bands and some stash fabric just about ready for the compost heap (Yay, stash-busting!).
I’m really fond of the unusual color application that tie-dyeing your eggs results in, however. Yes, they really do look tie-dyed when you’re done. And here’s how to do it:
Any medium-or light-weight natural fabric will suffice for your purposes. I’m using an old flannel bedsheet that I’ve already cut just about every usable part off of–it’s otherwise destined to be shredded with scissors and sent to live in the compost heap.