Monday, April 2, 2012

Isn't it hard to believe that this weekend is Easter? Every year my mom and sister and I exchange egg ornaments that we have decorated. I usually make an Easter tree out of pussy willow branches to display them but with the unusually warm weather that we had a couple of weeks ago, the pussy willows came and went before I even noticed. I was so mad- it was mid March for crying out loud...that is just unheard of.  
The tutorial from last year is HERE

Blue and White Porcelain Eggs | Seasonal

These hand painted porcelain eggs at Wisteria had me thinking. It might be fun to try. I could use a blue sharpie for the outlines and fill in with watercolors.
Some other ideas that are inspiring me are these.

Easter eggs decorated with Sharpie doodling
My thirteen year old, Dominic, whose becoming a talented artist in his own right, was the first to tell me about zen doodles. I hadn't realized that this so called conscious doodling had actually become such a popular art form. It's pretty cool. I like the eggs in black and white- just grab a black sharpie!

 I'm trying to come up with that perfect blend of pretty but quick and easy.

It's Eggsibit Day!  Make your own beautifully lace decorated eggs!

These lace eggs are quite lovely and very simple. Just wrap lace around an egg and secure it with a rubber band before dying them. A very pretty alternative to hand decorating.

Of course just spray painting is easy. These look so very elegant.

DIY Silk Tie Dyed Easter Eggs Tutorial
At the other end of the color spectrum are these vivid silk tie died eggs. Come to think of it, my husband has a few silk ties that are sooo ugly- I'm sure he wouldn't mind! I'm going to try this right now!

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Oh my gosh...I can't wait to show you! 
That was soo easy!!!

Because I'm making egg ornaments, I blew out the eggs that I used. 
Tutorial for blowing out the eggs HERE. You could also do this using whole eggs.

Seriously, he is not wearing this tie! 
1.) Start with a silk tie and some eggs

2.) Cut the tie into pieces large enough to wrap around the eggs and secure with a piece of string.

3.) Wrap a piece of white cotton around the silk covered eggs and secure that with a string. You could use an old t-shirt or pillow case torn into smaller pieces.

4.) Put the eggs in water (I used about a quart of water and about 3/4 cup white vinegar). 
Bring to a boil and boil for 20 minutes. Since the eggs were hollow they wanted to float. I weighed them down by laying a lid on top of them.

Then I rinsed the hot eggs under cool tap water and carefully unwrapped them. I really was shocked!
Now I'll just add a ribbon to hang them and voila! I'm still going to try and do the blue and white ones and maybe even the zen doodles but these were just so quick- I can't wait for the kids to get home so we can do more.
You've got to try these!


  1. That's awesome - I've never seen that technique before but it's a keeper. And a great way to recycle those tired ugly ties. I bet my husband has a few of those I could use too. And the art talent runs in the family I see with your son next up - that's so cool.

  2. I am so going to try these eggs! I never thought of the vinegar making the dye from the silk to transfer and what a great idea. I can't wait to try these I just hope the husband doesn't notice I cut up one of his silk


  3. What a sweet and lovely tradition to have. I love that you do that every year!

  4. I love the silk tie dyed eggs. I just saw this on another blog and thought wow! They are the prettiest looking eggs I've seen.

    Happy Easter!


  5. Those are fabulous! I'm heading to check out the tie rack! :)

  6. Those eggs are amazing! And that is super simple! I'm always up for fun ideas for holidays (c: