Sunday, April 11, 2010

easter eggs

While looking up a recipe for sloppy joes, the week before Easter, I saw this post.

Looked cool and sounded right up my alley.
except, we don't have too many old ties lying around
and no Goodwill to hit up.
plus my kids won't even eat hard-boiled eggs

I'm really good at not following recipes (substituting here and there)
and I thought I'd give it a try- my way.

I'm converted. No mess, great results. No more PAAS for me.

First, we blew out a bunch of eggs so we could decorate and keep empty, intact egg shells.
Asher loved this part and helped with my little novice photo tutorial.

(before you begin, I recommend washing all the eggs)
  1. carefully poke hole in top of egg (we used a push pin from our bulletin board)
  2. poke wooden ka-bob skewer through hole in top and carefully out the bottom. (poke around a little inside to try to break up the yolk)
  3. place mouth over hole and blow egg contents into a bowl.
  4. once egg is out, clean egg again and set to dry. Whip up something yummy with all those eggs. We made a yummy green chili quiche recipe to come.

then we grabbed some silk, cut it up, and wrapped the eggs.
My friend lives among lots of the fabric/ textile stores, so I asked her to see what she could find on her way to my house. She wasn't able to get any scraps, but she spent about $5 on a yard of bright, detailed floral silk. It ended up being perfect! I love it.
(sidenote: they do sell PAAS egg dying kits at our grocery store, for more money than the silk)
All the eggs are dyed from the same piece of fabric. We probably used 1/2 yard to dye 15 eggs.

  1. wrap each egg with the printed (shiny) side of silk facing touching surface of the egg. wrap again with a layer of plain cotton sheeting (don't know why, I just followed directions) don't use rubber bands- we tried that and they broke upon hitting hot water. We used string.
  2. place eggs in pot of hot water mixed with vinegar (I didn't measure) place something (like a smaller sized pot lid) on top of floating eggs to keep them under the water- leave 20 minutes (again- don't know how long is really necessary, but it worked)
  3. remove eggs with tongs. carefully (it's hot) unwrap to reveal the magic!
  4. TA- DA!! Can you believe it?!? I was maybe even more giddy than the kids when I saw such beautiful results.

I think I might dye our eggs this way every year.
I loved the results and the kids really enjoyed the reveal of each egg.
oh and no mess


  1. Oh my goodness - those are phenomenal! I really hate dying eggs, but I'm kinda wanting to try that!

  2. I had seen a few tutorials on this, but I think your eggs turned out the cutest, probably because you weren't using ugly old ties, so fun. We'll have to try this next year.

  3. Those turned out awesome! Definitely worth a try, especially after our eggs took a long bath in the dye and barely came out colored at all.

  4. these are the most beautiful eggs i've ever seen!

  5. Those are really cool. You'll have to post this again next year before Easter so I can remember and give it a try.

  6. Toria, so cool! WHEN you move back to the bay area, be sure to bring lots of cheap silk :)

  7. This is absolutely fabulous. I LOVE the improvisation Toria...nice work!

  8. Cute-I love it!

    Thanks for the well wishes--we're very excited.

    PS--the only sloppy joe recipe worth eating is from Lance's mom:

    Try it!

  9. Wow. Beautiful. Will try next year. Smart to just find some neat silk fabric instead of ties.

  10. Those rock! I want to have a party now, just so I can make some of those.

  11. These are amazing! Thanks for sharing!