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Happy Easter – Silk Tie Dye eggs, easter poppers

The Easter bunny came by today and left surprises along his way.

Colorful eggs are all around. With baskets in hand we search the ground.

Hiding in places here and there Easter eggs are everywhere.

Lots of fun things today:

For a quick way to get to what your wanting to do, click on the word below to take you to your interest – That is if you don’t want to read the whole post – And don’t forget… for some Witchy magic, read one of my books.

Recipe

Game

Egg Dying

  • No-bake Cookie Nests

    yield: 30

    prep time: 20 MINUTES

    cook time: 12 MINUTES

    INGREDIENTS:

    DIRECTIONS:

    1. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add white chocolate chips and stir to melt. Turn off heat and stir in milk, oats and coconut.

    2. Place rounds of mixture on waxed paper, about 2 tablespoons each.

    3. Create a small well in the center of each cookie and add candy eggs. Let sit 15 minutes on counter until solid, or put in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set. Serve.

    Pro Tips:

    1. Not a fan of coconut? Try using your favorite cereal as a substitute.

    2. Use a small ice cream scoop to simplify portioning the mix into cookies!

  • DIY Egg Poppers

The Easter bunny came by today and left surprises along his way. Colorful eggs are all around. With baskets in hand we search the ground. Hiding in places here and there Easter eggs are everywhere.

Supplies:

  • Large Plastic Eggs
  • Fine Crepe Paper (This
  •  is what I used. It’s the thickness of crepe streamers, and you can purchase it at many party stores.)
  • Twine
  • Double Stick Tape
  • Scissors
  • Candy, for filling!

Form a long loop with your twine, pulling both ends through the holes in one half of your egg and tying a secure knot inside. Repeat this with the other side of the egg. I also tied a knot on the outside for extra security!

Fill your eggs with candy or other goodies. My set of eggs came with one golden one, and I thought it would be fun to fill that one with an extra special treat for the lucky “popper”!

Close up your eggs and put strips of double stick tape along each side of the egg’s opening.

Cut your crepe paper to size, this will depend on the size of your eggs. My paper ended up being 8.5″ by 12″. Then lay your taped eggs atop the crepe paper and roll it up. Grab another piece of twine and tie the crepe paper together at each end of your wrapped egg.

Voila! Now make as many of these as you need…

Egg Dying

  • Silk Tied Dyed Easter Eggs
    You need 100% silk for this to work. Make sure to check the labels to make sure you’re not buying polyester, which can look similar. I grab old ties at the thrift store where they’re usually pretty cheap. And remember: when it comes to ties, you may not want ugly ones on your man, but ugly ties do make pretty eggs! You could also use silk from an old blouse, a scarf, or whatever.  So if you’re rummaging through a thrift store, check out some other areas as well.I try to find an assortment of colors and patterns. Usually dark blues, purples, and reds work the best, but it’s fun to experiment with all kinds of things. The interesting thing is that you never know how much of the color and pattern will transfer to the eggs. Sometimes ties I think will be awesome really disappoint, and ones I didn’t think much of make the most beautiful eggs. Here’s some of the ties I grabbed from my local thrift store:

    Usually it will tell you if it’s 100% silk right on the main label of the tie, but a lot of them don’t, and if that’s the case, check that little tiny end, it’s usually hiding there.

    The first step is to deconstruct the tie. Snip the seams and remove the lining so you are just left with the silk. (And yes, this old Christian Dior tie, which I love, was only 50 cents at the thrift store!  If it was a skirt, I would totally wear it.  I have gotten many angry comments about the fact that I destroyed a Christian Dior tie.  Honestly, for 50 cents I really don’t care who’s name is on it.  Get over it, people!)

    Next you cut a piece large enough to cover an egg. Wrap the egg with the right side of the fabric making contact with the egg. The right side is the printed side, or the side that would be on the outside of the tie. You want to try to wrap the fabric as tight as you can without breaking the egg of course. The more direct contact the silk has with the egg shell the clearer the imprint of the pattern. Where there are folds in the fabric you’ll get kind of a swirly water color effect. I love those parts- it adds to the charm. Once wrapped, tie with a piece of string or a twisty tie. (Do yourself a favor and go with the twisty tie!)

    Now, notice how I tied the eggs in the above photo- with the tie on the top of the long side of the egg.  If you do this, the opposite end of the egg will have the best pattern.  If you are going to be sitting the eggs upright in an egg cup, this is the best way to wrap them.

    However, if you want the best part of the design on the wide side of the egg, you’ll want to wrap them horizontally, like this:

    Just wrap them as smoothly and tightly as you can for the best transfer.

    I wish eggs came like this at the grocery store.  I would probably buy a lot more eggs if they were dressed up in their silky best.

    After the eggs are wrapped in silk, you’re going to wrap them again with a light colored light weight piece of fabric. An old pillowcase, sheet, or thin dish cloth is perfect. If you go to the thrift store to get ties, you may want to grab a pillowcase too. Otherwise you might get impatient at home and just take one from your kid’s room. Don’t tell my husband I did that.

    Put all those little guys in a pot and cover them with water. Add 1/4 C vinegar and bring it to a boil. After about 20 minutes you can remove the eggs and set them in a colander or on a towel to dry and cool. Once they’re cool enough to handle you can remove the fabric.
    This is my favorite part. I get so antsy waiting for them to cool. It’s always a surprise to see what went on in that little package.

    Below are some of my results. I have to say that the first one is probably my favorite egg of all the ones I’ve ever done. I can’t believe how clearly those flowers transferred and how bold the colors turned out. Incredible!

    Here are some older photos, but still fun to look at.  I absolutely love the cool stripy, swirly thing going on in this one

    This is one of the disappointments I talked about. I was so excited for a green tie and I thought the pattern was cool (ya know, for an egg) but it turned out super light and muted. Still pretty though, kind of like water colors.

    I almost didn’t buy this blue tie because it looked boring, but I’m glad I did. Remember: bad ties make good eggs!

    Try this out and let me know how it goes. Everyone will wonder how on earth you did it! Just tell them you’re a genius.  Or give them our website.  Your choice.

    Here you can see the opposite sides of where I tied the silk, they get kind of a swirly watercolor look:

    And here are the sides where the silk made the most contact:

    If you want to add a little shine, just put a little vegetable oil on a paper down and give them a light rub.

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