Here is another fun Easter project to do just in time for Easter Egg Hunting! Whether you celebrate Easter or not, this is a beautiful and easy project to do with friends and family. I also found that this is much less expensive than buying ties for their silk at thrift stores or department stores. With silk ends, cut offs, scraps or small cuts it allows for a beautiful look and an inexpensive craft. With new silks this project will cost between $3-$5 !
Tools & Materials:
**Note: I did Blow Out Eggs (eggs without the yolk) so the eggs would last longer. If you would prefer to do hard boiled eggs skip to step 1-6 in the instructions. You will not need materials 6-11 if boiling the eggs.
Silk cuts, no smaller than .1 of a meter by 150cm (this is enough silk for 3-4 eggs)
.3 meters of 114cm Broadcloth or Scrap Cotton Fabric. (This fabric should not be heavy)
White Eggs (As many as you are going to die)
Elastic bands equal to the amount of eggs you’re dying
Twist ties equal to the amount of eggs you’re dying (elastics can be subbed or yarn, but it can be trickier)
Small Metal Spoons Equal to amount of eggs being used
Large Metal Spoons Equal to the amount of eggs being used
A straight Pin
Scotch Tape or Masking Tape
A large crockpot or cooking pot (stove top safe)
Pure White Vinegar
Metal tongs (safe with boiling water)
Old dish cloths, or paper towel
All Silks can be used for this. Digital prints, chiffons or solid silks. Be sure to choose colourful patterns or smaller designs, these transfer for the most beautiful looks!
DO NOT Boil the eggs ahead of time for either method.
Step 1: Blown out eggs last much longer than their hard boiled counter parts, so if you’re looking to keep the eggs for display this is a relatively easy project to do.
Take your egg and put Scotch Tape or Masking Tape on both ends of the egg. Make sure the egg is dry, or the tape won’t stick well.
Step 2: Take your Straight Pin and with equal pressure poke a hole through the top of the egg where the tape is. The tape will keep the egg from cracking around the pin hole. Move the pin in and out of the hole a few time, widening it slightly. This will be the smaller of the two holes.
Be sure to do this over a bowl to catch any spills.
Step 3: Turn the egg around, and at the bottom of the egg where the tape is Prick another Hole with the Straight Pin. This hole will be slightly larger. Move the pin in and out of the hole; while it is in the hole move the pin in a circular fashion to widen the hole more.
This hole will be where the yolk will come out.
Step 4: Take your paperclip and bend it straight. Take the paperclip and insert it into the larger hole. Stir the paperclip around gently, so as not to widen the hole too much, but in order to break up the yolk. Gentle but swift motions will break the yolk and mix up the egg to make it easier to blow out.
Step 5: Remove the paperclip and turn the egg around. Wipe off any excess yolk that might be around the smaller hole. Over a bowl put your mouth to the small hole and begin to blow out the yolk of the egg.
If you do not want to put your mouth on the egg you can use a syringe to push the yolk out. I personally have not tried this method, but it has been suggested to me before.
It might take a bit of time to blow the egg out, and if you’re finding that the bottom hole gets clogged be sure to stop and use the paperclip to stir the egg gently again before continuing. Do not blow so hard you pass out! Take your time.
Step 6: Once the yolk has been removed rinse your egg under gentle running water and remove the tape. Some water may enter the egg, that’s okay. Simple blow the egg out again in the sink to remove any excess water.
I actually ran my egg under the water so water could enter the egg and wash out any excess yolk stuck inside.
Step 7: Dry off your eggs and cut your silk. Your Silk should be just enough to cover the egg and create a 2-3” tie above the egg. This will make it easier to tie the silk onto the egg later. I found that was about 12” in length for me.
Step 8: Be sure your eggs are dry and place the egg in the middle of your silk strip. Fold the silk carefully, but tightly, around the egg so you have as few folds and creases as possible. Tie off with the twist tie. I twisted the tie one way and then folded it over and twisted again. You can also use an elastic band here, but it can be a bit tricky to get it close to the shell.
Be sure the Right Side of the fabric is touching the egg shell.
If there are any creases or fold, the silk will not make contact with the egg and you will not get a colour transfer. This may be a desired look for you, but if it is not be sure to smooth out these creases.
Step 9: Once your eggs are all tied up in silk take your Broadcloth and cut into strips slightly larger than the silk cuts. Tie these around the eggs overtop of the silk. Tie off with elastic bands.
You should have a rather pretty parcel by now!
Step 10: Fill your Large pot with water close to full and add ¼ cup of Vinegar to the water. DO NOT BOIL THE WATER YET.
Since I used such a large pot of water I actually needed more Vinegar. I ended up using ¾ cups of Vinegar in my pot. You should add ¼ of Vinegar per every 6-8 cups of water and go from there.
Step 11: If you are doing Blown Out Eggs attach the spoons to either side of the elastic band on the top of the eggs. This will ensure that they will sink and remain submerged in the pot. It does end up taking up a lot of extra room in the pot so you might need to do two batches. Regular eggs should sink on their own.
Step 12: Place the eggs in the pot of water and turn the stove on High Heat. Cover and let the water boil. Don’t let it rolling boil or it might crack your eggs. Be sure the water is about 1-2” above the egg, allowing ample room for soaking.
Step 13: Once the water is boiled turn heat down to a simmer and let the eggs sit at this temperature for 20 minutes.
Step 14: Once your time is up use your tongs to remove the eggs from the water. Place them on an old dish towel or paper towel. The colour from the silk may run onto the towels so be aware that these can stain wood or nice clothes.
Let the eggs cool.
Step 15: Once cooled you can remove the Broadcloth and the Silk from the eggs. With the blown out eggs water may be trapped inside. Take your eggs to the sink and repeat blowing out the excess water like you did before. This will get a squeaky clean egg. You should now have beautiful coloured eggs!