Sunday, April 17, 2011

The New Easter Egg

The Less Mess Easter Egg

Easter is another holiday opportunity that can bring the family together. While recently pondering this coming Easter I reminisced about coloring/dying Easter eggs when I was young. I had a blast, but it didn't come without the consequence of a mess and multi-colored fingers. The alternative? An easy, less messy, better looking, and tasteful decoration. I had heard about this trick several years ago but had forgotten until recently. Here is what you need and how to do it.

1.Cheap silk tie, silk boxers, or silk handkerchiefs. Cut into a large enough square to cover the egg.  (Thrift stores always has some silk ties or you might have some old silk material around the house. I wouldn't spend a lot of money.)
2. White cotton shirt (old used ones are fine), cut into squares large enough to cover the silk wrapped egg. The cotton square should be a little larger than the silk one.
3. Rubber bands or bread ties.
4. Raw eggs
5. Water, enough to cover eggs by 1 inch
6. 3 Tbsp White vinegar

Cut your silk and white cotton shirt into squares large enough to cover your egg. Wrap your egg with the silk print FACING the egg. (If it's a tie, the print is the part that people see.) Then wrap your white cotton shirt over the sik covered egg. Use either a rubber band or a bread tie to hold the fabrics on. (The rubber band will work a little better, but be careful because it is a raw egg.) Next, place your eggs in a large enough pot so that they are not on top of each other. Fill with enough water to cover the eggs by about an inch. Add 3 Tbsp of white vinegar. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes. Carefully remove eggs with a pair of tongs. Allow them to cool for a minute and then unwrap the fabrics. You should be left with a newly decorated Easter eggs. To add a little shine, just rub on a little vegetable oil.  

 Happer Easter to you and your families!

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