Every Easter, we host a big Easter egg hunt at our house. It’s something we love to do and kids and adults alike really enjoy looking for the delightfully colored eggs and of course, there’s one golden egg hidden somewhere for a lucky little one to find.
We have the egg coloring process down to a science. Six-dozen eggs colored in 20 minutes. The secret is using large bowls. With these said colored eggs, I like to go a little above and beyond and make our guests do a double take.
If you’ve been following my blog for even five minutes, you know that I love pattern, so naturally I’m going to apply this to eggs. And of course I would; I’m the DIY Dutchess. The process is relatively easy, and with the help of a little silk fabric, you can have ornately decorated eggs that the adults will be clamoring to find.
The key is silk; no other fabric will work. Trust me on this, I’ve tried. I picked up some silk ties and a scarf at Goodwill for about 50 cents each. The first step is to deconstruct the tie. Cut the seams and take out the lining. Cut a piece of fabric large enough to cover an egg and wrap the egg with the right side (or the printed side) of the fabric making contact with the egg. Once wrapped, tie with a twisty tie or a piece of wire. This works the best.
The next step is to now wrap the egg with a piece of white cotton fabric. This step will keep the colors from running together while the eggs cook. Now, put all of the eggs in a pot of water along with ¼ cup of distilled vinegar. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the eggs and place in a colander until cool enough to handle. Once cooled, remove the fabric and check out your beautiful eggs. Some designs will turn out better than others and some eggs that weren’t wrapped as tightly may look swirly, but personally, I love the look of those just as much.
These ornate eggs may look like they took hours to create, but now we know otherwise. I would like to add, I wouldn’t recommend eating these eggs, but rather just keep them for display until your Easter show is over. The dye in the fabric may not be safe to eat. A word from the wise.
Happy egg decorating everyone. And, Happy Easter.