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Project

Lace Eggs

This Easter, take hard-boiled eggs to new heights by embellishing them with lacy patterns. Once the eggs are dyed and dry, pile them in a large bowl to use them as a centerpiece.

Materials

  • Eggs
  • Standard egg dye
  • Rubber bands
  • Rubber bands
  • Inexpensive lace trimmings (or scraps from a curtain or tablecloth)
  • Scissors
  • Foam board fitted with flathead pins

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut lace into strips long enough to wrap around eggs and still have extra to form a sash for holding. Wrap eggs, securing lace with rubber bands.

  2. Step 2

    Dye eggs according to dye package instructions. Lift out, cut off rubber bands, and unwrap lace. Let dry on foam board fitted with flathead pins.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, March 2008

Reviews (22)

  • 10 Dec, 2013

    nice
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  • 10 Dec, 2013

    I found the solution! Paas ( or other manufactered egg dyes ) will more times than not, be obsorbed by the lace and leave no print behind. I tried every lace I could find,,,to no avail.. I just tried food coloring and presto!, what is this?
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  • 9 Apr, 2011

    While you make your lace eggs, let small children dye eggs "mess-free " by sliding the egg inside a wire wisk. Less dye stains on little fingers! Blow your eggs 1-2 days AFTER dying, otherwise, you'll be frustrated by floating eggs. Also, I bought 2 inexpensive lace cloths for Easter dinner, one for the table and one for dying lace eggs. I used colors to compliment my dinnerware.

  • 8 Apr, 2011

    After weeks of trying to make lace eggs, I found the solution! Paas ( or other manufactered egg dyes ) will more times than not, be obsorbed by the lace and leave no print behind. I tried every lace I could find,,,to no avail.. I just tried food coloring and presto!! works beautifully Just try to minimize the bunching when wrapping the lace.

  • 12 Mar, 2011

    THE TIES WERE AMAZING!!! I used a dark teal, dark pink with gray as well. I wish I could show you a picture! I will make it my head shot!

  • 12 Mar, 2011

    THE TIES WERE AMAZING!!! I used a dark teal, dark pink with gray as well. I wish I could show you a picture! I will make it my head shot!

  • 12 Mar, 2011

    Trying the silk tie now. Added vinegar to water. I will let you know how it goes. I would have tried the silk, don't have any and negative comments. Martha, could you come over and show me, please? Still boiling!

  • 10 Mar, 2011

    +Amazing+idea+easy+to+do+great+result+%0AThank+you+and+your+team%0A

  • 8 Apr, 2010

    This seemed so promising - a little effort, and great results. I used handmade cotton-thread lace, but the color just went through. I tried keeping the eggs in the dye for a shorter period of time, which helped a little but not a lot. I just wish to know how come theirs turned out so great, how come the dye did not go right through the lace, even after keeping the eggs submerged for 15 minutes?! Anyone have any ideas?

  • 3 Apr, 2010

    I tried to make the lace pattern eggs and the pattern was not coming out. The color was bleeding right through the lace. We were using stretchy lace, which did not work too well. Any suggestions?

  • 15 Mar, 2010

    after you wrap the lace around the egg, overwrap with a 4" square of nylon.(i cut up a new pair of white pantyhose and use it over and over.) stretch the nylon over the egg and secure the 4 "ears" with a twist tie. dip in the dye. hot water works best. unwrap the egg and set on paper towel rings to dry. when you take off the lace you'll see the design. if you don't have stockings you can use a mesh produce bag.(onions,avocados) good luck!

  • 13 Mar, 2010

    God Bless you Martha, you are great.

  • 17 Mar, 2009

    I think using a stencil made from shelf paper or tape would work better..the adhesive would block out the dye very effectively..cut the stencil on a piece of mylar ..then peel off and apply to eggs..should be fab.Like the adhesive dots but more interesting.

  • 12 Mar, 2009

    I would just dye the eggs then brush the lace with white paint and use it as a "stamp." I think that would work better. i'll try it and let you know.

  • 23 Mar, 2008

    This worked great but I used stretch lace

  • 23 Mar, 2008

    I saw this on Martha's television show and was very excited to try it out this morning. I did not view the comments on this webpage as I well should have. The night before, I took a very nice pair of expensive lace panties and cut it into strips to cover the eggs with. It was a complete disaster. There was no pattern at all, and we ruined a perfectly good dozen eggs. We did get a lot of laughs out of it - mostly because I was stupid enough to cut up a pair of underwear for coloring eggs.

  • 22 Mar, 2008

    This is harder than it looks. I am glad that I did not go out to buy lace. I had six different kinds of lace on hand and none of them worked. I am dissappointed. I would like to try this again with more precise instructions. Please reply.

  • 22 Mar, 2008

    We made these eggs today. Traditionally we have colored eggs at my mother in-laws house for years. Almost 26 years and 11 grandchildren. We are always looking for something new to do with the eggs. We had fun with this project. Some of the eggs turned out beeeeee-utiful (I know I spelled that wrong) just like Martha said. Some eggs weren't all that great. The best eggs were done with lace that covered the entire egg and were wrapped tightly and secured with a rubberband. A new tradition!

  • 22 Mar, 2008

    I used egg dyes, I used food coloring. Nothing works.

  • 22 Mar, 2008

    Commenting on the previous comments -- one thing that Martha said and did on her show was to use food coloring dyes, rather than traditional Easter egg dyes. Also, she mentioned that they should sit for 15 min. or more. Maybe this will help to get the intensity you are looking for.

  • 22 Mar, 2008

    I also followed directions and was disappointed with the results.

  • 22 Mar, 2008

    I followed the instructions in the magazine, with inexpensive lace from the local fabric store. The results were very disappointing, our eggs did not look like the picture.....what did we do wrong......HELP!!!!!!