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I have to admit I was a bit dubious about this craft when I first came across it, I really didn’t think that it would work. Not to give too much away, but it did, and it is pretty awesome. EC and YC were really happy with how they turned out.
You will need:
- Silk tie or scarf
- White eggs
- A big saucepan
- Cheese cloth*
- String or cable ties
*A lot of blogs that have this craft call for cheese cloth (which you can get cheaply on Amazon), but Martha Stewart says that you can use any white material like an old pillowcase. We used a cheesecloth, so I can’t actually comment on how well other materials work.
Before you start either have a clear out of any old silk ties or scarfs that you may have. If you don’t have any that you are willing to part with, then I suggest that you head to your local charity store. I am positive that they will have a selection that you can choose from.
To begin with cut your ties/ scarfs up into squares that will completely cover your egg.
Place your egg in the middle of your fabric, with the right side of the fabric touching the egg. Gather the fabric together so that it is tightly wrapped around the egg, then using string or a cable tie to secure it.
Next put the silk covered egg onto a piece of the white cloth and again secure it in place.
Place your eggs into a saucepan and completely cover them with water.
Add about 3 tbls of vinegar (I just guess-timated) and it to the boil.
Simmer for about 20 minutes, and then take the eggs out.
Leave them to cool and then carefully undo all the wrapping.
I found that you need to leave them to dry after this on a piece of kitchen towel. If you start to handle it too much the print starts to come off. Once they have completely dried this wont happen.
We were all really surprised that not only did it work but that you could see all the details of the tie on the egg.
These eggs will now make up the centrepiece for my charges Easter lunch.
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