Easter Eggstravaganza Week: Repurpose girl’s tights to make Easter eggs (& an idea for old ties, too)

Do you plan to wear your Sunday best on Easter? These Best Dressed Easter Eggs do because this Easter egg craft is made with girl’s patterned tights. If you have a pair of fancy tights with a hole in them, don’t throw them out – repurpose them to dress up STYROFOAM eggs. If you don’t have a spare pair, you’ll find them at Target and several discount store chains. Because it’s Easter Eggstravaganza Week, I have one more repurposed Easter egg craft to share today, so read on!

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Easter egg craft ideas

One pair of little girl's tights will make several eggs. You can use a smaller size of egg, but be sure your tights are smaller, too, so you don't have too much fabric.

To make a Best Dressed Easter Egg, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 5” egg
  • Pair of girl’s tights, the more colorful, the better
  • Chopstick or wood skewer
  • Twist ties
  • Thick white craft glue
  • Optional: Felt to match tights
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins
How to decorate easter eggs

If you like, you can embellish your eggs with felt cut-outs.

To make a Best Dressed Easter Egg:

1. Using the chopstick or wood skewer, make a large hole at the top and bottom of the foam egg. Rotate your tool to make the hole at the top wider.

2. Cut the foot off one leg of the tights.

3. Holding the egg in the palm of your hand, pull the tights up and over your hand and arm till the egg is covered. Remove your hand, leaving the egg behind.

4. Wrap a twist tie around the cut end of the tight. Pull the fabric smoothly over the egg and firmly close the other end with a twist tie. Trim each end just beyond the twist ties.

5. Remove the twist ties. Squeeze glue into one end of the egg. Using the chopstick or skewer, firmly push excess tights down and into the hole. If needed, use straight pins to help hold the fabric in place. Let glue dry.

6. Repeat with the other end of the egg, making sure fabric is tight and smooth from one end to the other. Let glue dry.

7. Optional: Decorate egg with felt flowers and leaves.

Here’s another idea for a repurposed Easter egg craft – next time you’re cleaning out closets or going thrifting, put aside a few beautiful silk ties to make Recycled Tie Eggs. Beautiful silk eggs for free or just a few dollars — perfect!

crafts made with old ties

Recycled Tie Easter Eggs by Kathleen George.

I’m curious, what have you repurposed in your crafts? Tell us about it for a chance to win our Most Eggsellent Prize Package. Be sure to visit every day this week for more Easter Eggstravanganza inspiration, and another opportunity to win our prize package.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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19 Responses to Easter Eggstravaganza Week: Repurpose girl’s tights to make Easter eggs (& an idea for old ties, too)

  1. buggalcrafts says:

    My latest re-purposing “find” is an old wool green plaid jacket that was on the trash pile at my favorite little “junk” place. I got it for free and I am going to cut it into fabric strips. I will use these to cover candy canes for “Fabric Wrapped Candy Canes” and shower curtain rings for my “Fabric Wrapped Shower Curtain Ring Wreaths”.

    http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-9-paper-bag-cookie-cutter-shape-ornament/

    http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/mini-fabric-wrapped-button-wreath/

  2. Peach Lee says:

    I like to Recycle Wood Mounts and am going down a huge list of project ideas that I am creating with them. These wood mounts are the blocks that rubber stamps are permently adhered to. To conserve space, many crafters have been unmounted the stamps and storing them in CD cases for use with interchangeable clear acrylic mounts. Often, these solid maple wood mounts get tossed in the trash or fire pit. I’m trying to share what can be done with them. In addition, I am a big fan of Altered Bottle Art & anything that has to do with tin or metal. I call this my Tin Can Alley art, which includes altering tin cans, altoid tin, silverware, and etc. xOx Peach

  3. Peach Lee says:

    Wouldn’t someone like to find those tight covered eggs in his/her basket? I’ll take the tie-coved eggs in mine, please! x0x Peach

  4. Sar Tann says:

    Jeans to make pot holders from. They last and last and no burns. lol Wax from old candles to make greeting cards. Wine corks for a wreath and place card holders. Scraps of ribbons to make name tags for straws for parties, Old boots and shoes for Halloween decorations, Pill bottle advent calendar. lol Buttons for pins and hair bow. Garland and wire coat hangers for a x mas tree. I can go one forever. Re purposing is fun.:)

  5. Melle Eldridge says:

    We actually made our eggs this year using Rep eggs that we blew out. My homeschooler saw that technique and went bananas for it! I had to stop him at 6 eggs! (Then he had to eat them! Lol!) We used old ties from my husband’s pre-married and my wife dresses me better days and cut them sleeves. We them rubberbanded them around the eggs and dropped them.in boiling water. It left the prettiest prints from the ugliest ties on the eggs.

    We’re also a huge fan of Mason jars. I dobavlot of my own canning every spring and summer, and as the year goes by, we end up with a LOT of jars to store. We live in an 1895 farmhouse tho, so storage isn’t something we have a lot of. So our jars become our drinking glasses, our vases, our pencil cups, and most recently, I took pint jars, added ribbons that unchanged according to season, and they sit as a permanent centerpiece on our giant table holding spoons, forks, knives, straws, and napkins. We are also going to take jars and repurpose them into pendant lights in the kitchen! I’m so excited about that! I just.can’t tell you!

    • Melle Eldridge says:

      Oh! And we have been collecting flannel shirts, old blue jeans, 100% cotton sheets and everything else. I’m making raggedy quilts for my family for.Christmas this year. My Kidlet’s is denim and flannel. And old flannel and cotton sheets supply a lot.of 5 inch squares for not a lot of money! And freecycle, the salvation army, and goodwill have tons of them for free or cheap!

  6. Brittany says:

    So cute! I’ll never get rid of old tights again! :)

  7. Jennifer H says:

    Oh gosh! I think I repurpose everything!! The most recent was turning my late father in law’s flannel shirts into 2 quilts! :-)

  8. ambjer s. says:

    I don’t really repurpose materials as much as I would like to.
    but one thing I like to do is instead of going out and buying new buttons for a project, I will go through old clothing that would have been thrown away and use the buttons from it.
    I also re-use the ribbon that comes wrapped around on throw blankets and such that I buy.

  9. Mary Lou says:

    If I am not the queen of craft repurposing, I am at least a princess :} Lets see, odd socks, used frames, cork hot pot pads, cork coasters, buttons off of dead clothing and the list goes on. I even repurposed a hand mirror that had seen better days into a mirror toy for a baby(my design idea)

  10. Cookie17 says:

    Ahhhhhh,you have best ideas,Thank’s,,,,,

  11. I repurpose old shirts all of the time in crafts! I like to make flowers to embellish headbands and accessories using old shirts.

  12. Plaid Crafts says:

    Love these repurposed eggs. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Geri Johnson says:

    At work every year we used to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I made candles to sell & donated the proceeds. I asked my co-workers to donate any empty candle containers they had lying around even if they still had candle residue or soot in them. I got a whole bunch of them! They varied from little $1 store votives to nice candle store apothacary jars with or without lids. I guess people hate to throw them out because they know they can be reused but they don’t know how to clean them up. I also bought drinking glasses from the Goodwill store to use – the Old Fashioned size glasses make the perfect size candle but don’t tell anyone so they don’t go out and buy up all my supply! I also used a few pretty little ceramic planters I had on hand and a little ceramic box with a lid — but I ended up keeping them for myself!

    We live in Texas but most of my family lives in Arizona & one year when we went to visit we had a gift exchange that was limited to something we made or something we re-gifted. The gift bag I donated to this gift exchange had a box of 100 Christmas lights in it, a Christmas tree garland and six wire hangers in it. My sister took each item out of the bag and looked at them and then said “Ok, I give up. What is it?” I told her I would use those items to make her a pretty little table top Christmas tree. She didn’t believe me until I produced the tree. The look on her face was priceless!

  14. annehaun says:

    I love to repurpose old blud jeans. They can be used to make darling bags and clutches. I have also used them to make a quilt with a matching pillow. I hate to throw them out as the fabric is usually good except for the knee area!

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