-100% Silk Ties
-Twine/Jute or Yarn
-Pillowcase or white fabric
To start off, I ran to Goodwill and picked up the brightest and most colorful ties I could find, all under $3 a piece.
(We found that the ties that do not have black in them produce better colors and yellow does not come out as vibrant as we had hoped.)
Step 1: Deconstruct the ties, removing the tags and the backside layer.
Then cut the silk into large pieces, big enough to wrap around the egg completely.
Step 2: Wrap the egg in the silk, keeping it as smooth as possible (we found that wetting the silk helps it to stick and smooth a bit better.)
After wrapping the silk around the egg, wrap it with your white fabric and tie it off with jute/yarn.
Step 3: ADD 1/4 cup of white vinegar to large pot of water.
Place your wrapped egg-babies in a pot of water, making sure there is enough water to cover them entirely.
Put the lid on the pot and bring the water to a rolling boil.
Step 4: Once the water is boiling, turn off the heat and set a timer for 16 minutes.
Step 5: When the timer goes off, remove the wrapped eggs with tongs and place in an ice bath. Let sit until cool.
(Placing them in the cold water will help prevent the yoke inside from turning grey.)
Step 5: Unwrap and see all of the pretty designs!
These are so much fun, relatively easy to make and very impressive!
My brother had asked how long they took to paint, haha.
If you try this project, I’d love to see how your eggs turn out!
Also – I was curious as to how and why Easter Eggs became a tradition in today’s world.. After a bit of research, here’s what I found out:
Decorating of the eggshell is an ancient practice, pre-dating any Christian traditions. However, the custom of the Easter egg originated with the early Christians of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red as a symbol of the blood of Christ that was shed at His crucifixion. The Christian Church officially adopted this custom, regarding the eggs as a symbol of the resurrection in 1610 A.D. when Pope Paul V declared the following prayer,
“Bless, O Lord! we beseech thee, this thy creature of eggs, that it may become a wholesome sustenance to thy faithful servants, eating it in thankfulness to thee on account of the resurrection of the Lord.”
My prayer is that everyone will come to know the gift of His great forgiveness. Happy Easter, everyone!