So this project occurred simply because I got duped by a bogus pin on Pinterest. If you’re here then you’re the type who likes to cook or craft or DIY and chances are that you have also been duped by a pin and know exactly what I’m stepping in here.
The pin took me to a site that declared if I wrapped real chicken’s eggs in foil with embroidery floss clippings that I would have fantastically dyed eggs. Deciding I wanted to kick it up a notch I did a good handful of eggs with the strings wrapped around so that I wouldn’t just get abstract colors, but perhaps awesome lines of color.
But guess what? I boiled these suckers and only the TINIEST bit of blue from the turquoise I used transferred. I had a whole bunch of boiled eggs with absolutely nothing special about them. Womp, womp.
But as I was unwrapping them, Rob and I marveled at how pretty they were all dressed up in their floss. So while I might have gotten duped, I did get some super awesome (totally fake) Easter eggs that are mod, colorful and just what I was hoping for (and I don’t have to worry about poisoning anyone with embroidery thread dye!)
For this project you will need:
For this project I used every day Tacky Glue and it was pretty perfect. Now I’m pretty sure you could use this full strength if you really wanted to but it’s not necessary…
…a little Tacky Glue goes a LONG way! Add a good squeezin’ into a tiny bowl of water (this is for sauces) and mix well.
Go through your flosses and find 2-3 colors that work well together.
Cut a length of 1-3 feet of each color. I used more length for the bottom color and less for the top so that all colors would be easily visible.
Carefully drop your floss straight down into the glue water. It will kind of coil up in the water and that’s perfect.
Pull the thread straight up and run the excess glue water out in between 2 pinched fingers.
Wrap your first color around and around. Feel free to shoot for a pattern but I just went a little nuts.
Continue with your second and third colors, first dipping in the glue water, running the excess out with your fingers and then wrapping it around the egg.
Dip the whole egg in your glue water making sure it covers every area. Make sure that your final piece of string is pushed up against the egg well and set out to dry. I placed mine on non-stick aluminum foil and that worked super well.
I selected 10 colors of floss that I loved together and worked from those to wrap and decorate my eggs so no matter the colors they would all coordinate together fairly well.
With that final dip in glue water, the threads are pretty dang sturdy and should hold up well if handled with a bit of care. That’s to say that you can totally peel this stuff off if you choose, and knowing most little kids they will choose. :)
In the end I guess I’m more happy with these guys than the boiled versions that totally flopped. I mean, I can keep these forever :)