Easter Eggstravaganza: Repurpose a T-shirt to DIY Tie-Dye Easter Eggs

You may already know that I’m partial to tie-dye (remember my Tie-Dye Ribbon Wreath, Tie Dye Duct Tape Wreath and Tie-Dye Bulletin Board?). Given my history with tie-dye, it may be no surprise that one of my favorite creative ideas for decorating Easter eggs are these Tie-Dye Easter Eggs by Kathleen George. Love these! And it all began with a tie-dye t-shirt from the Goodwill. So dig through your drawers or make a quick trip to a thrift store and see how you can repurpose a T-shirt to make these Tie-Dye Easter Eggs. Fun!

How to use an old t-shirt to make tie-dye Easter eggs

creative ways to decorate Easter Eggs with tie-dye

Tie-Dye Easter Eggs by Kathleen George.

To make a Tie-Dye Easter Egg, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” egg
  • T-shirt to repurpose
  • Coordinating trims: rick rack, ribbon, cord, etc.
  • Small gold craft pins
  • Felt and/or button flowers and pearl head pins (optional)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; measuring tape; rubber bands; sharp pencil; table knife with thin blade

To make a Tie-Dye Easter Egg:

1. Mark the top and bottom of the egg with the pencil, and using these points, center a rubber band around the egg from top to bottom. Using a sharp pencil, score a line around the egg, using the rubber band as your guide.

2. Move the rubber band and repeat, dividing the egg into four equal quarters.

3. Carefully score the lines again, to be sure you can clearly see the grooves.

4. Using the pattern, cut out fabrics for each section. Attach fabric to the egg:

  • Center a fabric piece over the corresponding scored section on the egg.
  • Position the knife blade on the fabric directly over a scored line.
  • Keeping the knife as straight as possible, gently push the fabric seam allowance straight into the surface of the ball.
  • Use the tip of the knife to smooth out the fabric.
  • Repeat till all sides are tucked into the egg.
  • Add the other fabric pieces in the same manner.
  • When egg is covered, use small scissors to carefully trim away any excess fabric and threads.

6. Cut a length of ribbon, ric rac or other trim to fit along the seam line. Glue and pin the trim along the seam. Pin flowers onto egg (optional).

how to repurpose a t-shirt and make tie-dye Easter eggs

Even the ric-rac is tie dyed (purchased already tie-dyed at Jo-Ann Stores).

The Easter Eggstravaganza continues through March 10, so don’t miss a day. And, every time you leave a comment each day, you’re entered in our Easter Eggstravaganza giveaway:

  • One dozen eggs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
  • The winter issue of Stitch Craft Create (this issue includes the French Post Eggs from earlier this week)
  • TWO (yes, two!) chocolate bunnies – milk chocolate and dark chocolate.

    win the Easter Eggstravaganza!

    You might win the winter issue of Stitch Craft Create; one dozen eggs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam; and TWO chocolate bunnies — one milk chocolate and one dark chocolate.

Happy Easter egg crafting!


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17 Responses to Easter Eggstravaganza: Repurpose a T-shirt to DIY Tie-Dye Easter Eggs

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  4. Donna O'Neil says:

    Another fantastic idea!

  5. Angie Dyer says:

    Love the tie-dyed look! Did not realize that Joanne’s had rick rack in such pretty colors. Using small buttons to make flowers is a sweet touch too.

  6. Jane says:

    OH,MY GOSH…I have to find the time to make these and send out to my son and his family in Southern California…..Huntington Beach…..just makes me think of times gone by….1970’s, Beach Boys!!!! Lots of fun to visit out there!
    Seems endless the ideas for Easter Eggs….not just Easter Eggs—all year-around eggs. Last year saw (think it was in Family Living magazine) scub diver eggs….maybe I can find the picture and download it to you Sharon. You might have seen them. They even had snorkels made out of straws….

    • Sharon says:

      Indeed, these are a bit of a throwback, aren’t they? And fun — like southern California. I remember seeing the snorkeling eggs — very cute! Who knew eggs had so much potential? Sharon

  7. Sharon says:

    Really interesting. Thanks again.

  8. Debbie Kaste says:

    Cute eggs! What a unique idea. Thanks for the tutorial:)

  9. Nancy P. says:

    So many ways to paint the tees for this technique. Great ideas, thanks so much

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Nancy. I picked up this shirt at the Goodwill, already tie dyed. But you are so right — you could custom tie-dye to get the colors and look you’d like. Have fun with it. Sharon

  10. annehaun says:

    Another great idea – you are amazing.

  11. LisaM says:

    What a fun look. They look so soft. Nice!

  12. love chocolate, love crafts, what else is there?

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