Traditional egg dying is a fun way to add some color to your Easter baskets. But instead of the old solid color fun, use some old silk ties for designs that will amaze!
The Easter season is full of bright pastel colors, sunshine, and of course - eggs. Whether they're hard boiled or filled with candy, they seem to be everywhere this time of year. So after a quick trip to a local thrift store for some old silk ties, we decided to try a different method to egg dying:
The most important component to successful silk-dyed eggs is getting the right fabric. You need 100% silk, otherwise you wont get the proper color transfer to the eggs. You can find the fabric material information on the back of the tie - usually on a small tag. Cut through the stitching on the back of the tie to get your flat material, then cut into pieces large enough to cover the whole egg.
When wrapping your eggs in silk, determine how you'll want them presented after they're dyed - either laying down or standing up, and wrap them so the exposed face is the smoothest area. Wrap the eggs with the right side of the tie (the side that faces outward). With an old cut up tshirt or similar material, wrap the egg and silk to prevent the silk from bleeding out. Use a twist tie to keep everything in place during the boiling process. You might need to rewrap a couple if they aren't as tight as you'd like. For best possible results, the silk needs to be flush with the egg and as tight as possible.
Place eggs in a large glass or enamel saucepan, and fill with water to submerge the eggs. Add three tablespoons of vinegar to the pot, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and wait 20 minutes. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and allow to cool.