Friday, April 15, 2011

Bashful Bunny Blog Hop! - Tie Dyed Eggs

Over at the CMB one of the swaps I'm in is a secret sister "Bashful Bunny Swap." In the course of getting to know each other through 2 swaps now we decided to do a blog hop with Easter projects. If you came here from Scrap Occurs, you are in the right spot! If you came to my page and have no idea what I'm talking about, start here. There are lots of wonderful projects and even some Blog Candy on many blogs (including here!).

On to the project! I got this idea from one of my favorite sites. It is the coolest (and super easy!) way to dye eggs. One of the reasons I love it because my 2 year old can help and we don't have egg dye all over the table, chairs, floor, clothes, etc...Here we go:

First off, you'll need eggs (do I really even need to say that?) and silk ties. Yes, ties. Men's silk neck ties. You can get them for about $1 at Savers, GoodWill, Salvation Army or wherever. If the hubby has some ugly ones, just grab those  ask if he minds that you use them. Just make sure that they are 100% silk (there should be a tag and surprisingly, most ties are silk) - other fabrics don't give up their color as well. 

Once you have your ties, cut the seam in the back and pull out the white interfacing stuff. This is the most tedious part. Especially if you are like me and decided that if 10 ties is good, 30 is better... 

A pile of my ties all cut up

Once you have all your ties cut up, wrap them around your eggs. You'll want the "right" side toward the egg (the side that was showing when your ties were still ties and not just a pile of fabric). Get the fabric nice and tight around the egg so you don't have many gaps. If the fabric isn't touching the egg, the color won't transfer. You can secure the fabric around the egg with string or even just a twist tie.

Seriously. How cute is this??

 After that, you'll want to cover them in a light colored cotton fabric. (I just cut up an old pillowcase and used that). Then put them in a large pot, cover the eggs with water. Then comes the magic - add 1/4 cup vinegar and boil for 20 minutes. This will both hard boil your eggs and dye them at the same time.

I have to say it's a little weird putting fabric on the stove...
 Then when they are all done, you get to unwrap them like little presents (after they cool of course - not that I would have tried before that or anything...) and this is what you get:


Here are some pics of the eggs on top of the tie they were wrapped in. How you wrap it will depend on where you get the "bunched" pattern.

This one didn't turn out as cool as I thought it would.

I thought this one was cool because I didn't even notice
the texture of the tie until it was on the egg

My favorite one. This was the "bunched" side (where the tie was tied)

This was the other side of the above egg. 


Another one I thought would be better. Still neat looking though.
The white splotches are a good example of what happens if the fabric isn't
tight around the egg.








All together in a cute basket!
You can also blow out the eggs before you boil them so they last longer. But since they'll float when you boil them you just need to put a colander on top to keep them in the water. If you make them this way then you can do stuff like make cute ornaments out of them and hang them from an easter tree. 

Now for the blog candy! If you want to be entered for the blog candy, all you have to do is leave a comment below. For another entry, follow this blog and leave a comment saying you are a follower. And, lastly, if you are one of my fellow Bashful Bunnies, add a comment below saying that for a third entry.  Here is a pic of what you can win:

2 packs of Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type and 1
pad of Studio 112 tags

Keep on hopping on the bunny blog trail! Off to Two Hands Creating!

Here's the full list: 
Terri - Planlady19
Cammi - Cuttin-Up
Lisa - Cuttle Fairies Express
Janice - My Little Craftin Corner
Elia - DivineScrapper
Sheri - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Amy - Cove of Creativity
DeeAnn - Scrap Occurs
Cindy - My Lazy Crafternoon <--------You are here!--------
Heather - Two Hands Creating
Heather - Paper Crafter’s Anonymous
Jana - ~Simply My Crafts~

35 comments:

  1. SUPER cute idea for the eggs!! I never knew you could do that. I had to show my daughter and granddaughter. Thanks for the idea!

    Diana
    aka Doodles

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  2. I'm a follower!!

    Diana
    aka Doodles

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  3. I am a fellow Bashful Bunny!!! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!!

    BTW, I still can't get over the great egg dyeing idea!! I can't wait to try it!

    Diana
    aka Doodles on the Cricut MB

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  4. Wow! I did not know you could do this, now I have a new way to dye eggs. My youngest is going to love this! That has to be the coolest way to dye eggs I have ever seen!

    Donna aka ScrappinMT at CMB

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  5. I'm a follower!

    Donna aka ScrappinMT at CMB

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  6. I'm also a fellow Bashful Bunny!

    Donna aka ScrappinMT at CMB

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  7. OMG!! I wonder how many of us will be doing that to dye our eggs?!? I think I will. I may try to blow the eggs because those are so pretty, I would have a problem loosing them.

    I am a bashful bunny and a follower

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  8. Ok, I just put it all in one post but am thinking it was supposed to be separated.

    I am a bashful bunny

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  9. OMG, what a great idea, I had never seen this technique before...a must try!

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  10. Hi Cindy - I'm a Bashful Bunny follower!

    I LOVE THESE EGGS!!! Yep, you get the 'Enabling' award for the day - we're headed to Salvation Army later today for some ties! My husband did the hop too (he's cute like that), and he specifically mentioned that he liked your idea, so THANKS for the inspiration and for participating in our hop! Great pictures too!
    -JulieClawser

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  11. I Love the egg tie idea. I might have to go raid some cupboards for pillow cases and pass this idea along to my sister in law who does Girl Scouts. This would be great for them.

    I am also a follower.. can't wait to see what is next..
    Heather

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  12. I am so excited that I am able to leave a comment just to tell you that I LOVE that you are part of our CMB Bashful Bunny group!

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  13. Ok this has to be one of the best ideas today.. I love the eggs.. i am so glad that we had this bb blog hop because i have learn a lot of new ideas from everyone ...i

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  14. Thanks for sharing! This is great!
    vegeater@gmail.com

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  15. What a clever idea on dying eggs!!!!!!!!! OMG..they are even prettier this way...THANK YOU for sharing.

    You are a talented crafter..love your ideas
    hugs
    rhonda

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  16. OMG, love this idea! You are so creative! Who would of thought that ugly old ties could be used for something so neat? I love your sense of humor also - makin' me laugh along the bunny trail!!

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  17. AND a fellow bunny! (ok enough comments for now!)

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  18. That is the coolest thing I've ever seen! Who would have ever thought of that?! Thanks for sharing. I just became a follower!
    Kim aka coyotekim

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  19. wow what a great idea..... i just became one of your followers.... TFS

    Dalia (scrappinbutterflies)

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  20. Oh my gosh!! what a great idea!!
    Bette
    scrapbooks1953@sbcglobal.net

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  21. Oh, almost forgot! I'm a follower!!
    Bette

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  22. Hubby needed ties at his old school, but we are not a tie kind of school where he is now. He has a bunch of ties. I was in Goodwill one day and they were on sale 5 for $1. I bought him 20 that day. I am so doing this! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. wow.. and wow.. those are just too cute... that for the tech..

    Blessings

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  24. Cindy that is ADORABLE! Now I have to ask how many eggs did you break while tying them up? That would be my issue. Super cool patterns though!

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  25. Cindy, those eggs turn out really pretty! I can't wait to find some ties and give that a try! Thanks for sharing it! I love your blog. So much interesting stuff!!
    grandmaj

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  26. I am now a follower of this great blog!

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  27. Very cool technique! Tfs :)

    Tanya
    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com
    http://scrappylandusa.blogspot.com

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  28. Following :) Thanks for the chance to win your blog candy!!

    Tanya
    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com
    http://scrappylandusa.blogspot.com

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  29. That is such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing

    Renee
    LittleMissCountry

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  30. I have been scrolling through your projects and they are all so creative!! I am now following and can't wait to 'lift' some of your ideas! hehe Thanks for your comments on my blog [[hug]] Now I think I will mosy through your hop.

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  31. OMG Cindy what a cool project. I have never seen that technique before. Your work is amazing.

    RockinRobin1 on CMB.

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