By Jessica Schoner - Interactive Media Coordinator, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin & Metropolitan Chicago
We love craft projects that are unique, fun and allow the kids to get involved. This one meets all those requirements. And it’s super simple, which makes it a must-have! Goodwill is a great place to find colorful arrays of men’s ties, but save the suited look for later, because we’re transferring the tie to your Easter eggs!
- 3-5 men’s silk ties in vibrant patterns
- White vinegar
- White cotton fabric – shirt, dish towel or pillow case
- Hair ties or kitchen twine
- Enamel pot
- 6-10 raw eggs
- Olive or vegetable oil
Start by taking a trip to your local Goodwill! Look for an array of silk men’s ties in bright colors with fun patterns. (I found that small patterns transferred best.) Don’t forget that certain colors of tags are 50% off every day at Goodwill, too; look for ties with that color of price tag to save even more on this craft!
Cut off the large end of your tie, and remove all the “inside parts” so that you’re left with the scrap of silk.
Cut your white fabric into a piece similar to the size of your tie.
Wrap the silky side of the tie around your egg, then wrap the cotton fabric around that. Secure with your hair tie or kitchen twine.
Repeat steps 2-4 for all your ties. You can reuse the scrap of tie up to two times, so don’t worry if you have more eggs than pieces of tie.
Place 3-4 eggs inside your enamel pot and fill with water until your eggs are covered. Add ¼ cup of white vinegar.
Heat your water until boiling. Once it reaches boiling, turn the temperature down and simmer for 20 minutes. Simmer for slightly longer if you plan to eat the eggs.
Remove eggs from the water carefully, and allow to cool.
Remove the fabric from around your egg and gently rub with oil to help seal the colors.