Silk Tie Easter Eggs
There are so many ways you can dye Easter eggs, but this method, in my opinion, is the most awesome technique out there. We bought these ties at the Good Will in Valencia. Each silk tie was no more than $2. You need to find the ugliest ties you can find and the paisley ties work best.
Silk-Tie Easter Eggs
What You Need
One dozen eggs
Glass or enamel pot (you cannot use a metal pot)
Silk ties, scarves, shirts, or boxers
White sheets, white cloth napkins, or white socks to cover the silk wrapped eggs
Little rubberbands or twist ties
6 tablespoons of white vinegar
1. Take your silk ties and cut up the backside of them until you get a large flat piece of silk. Discard the tie "filling" and cut the silk into squares so the pieces are large enough to cover one raw egg and tie at the top.
2. Wrap the raw egg with a piece of silk, making sure the darker printed side (the nicer side) is face down to the egg.
3. Tie all eggs with a twist tie or rubber band.
4. Insert silk wrapped ties into the white baby socks. (Or whatever white material you are using. If using tablecloth squares you must rubber band again at the top.)
5. Place all wrapped eggs in your enamel pot and cover with water and add your vinegar. Bring water to a boil, turn the heat down, and simmer for 20 minutes.
6. Remove eggs from water with tongs and let drain/cool on a rack.
7. Remove white wrapping and silk from eggs. Pretty cool huh?
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I eat the eggs since they are hardboiled?
You can technically eat the eggs once they are cooked. Martha Stewart did this craft before as well and she recommended cooking the eggs for 25 minutes instead of 20 if you were planning on eating them. I am not sure what dyes are used in the dying process of the silk ties but if Martha gave the go-ahead I'm assuming she did some research : )
Can I use the same piece of silk over and over again?
No, you can only use the silk piece once, but you get about 3 pieces out of every tie.
Can I use other matierals besides silk?
No, so far only silk has worked for me.
Can I use other silk items besides ties?
Yes, silk scarves, blouses, boxers etc. All good choices.
Do I have to use raw eggs?
No, you can blow out your eggs and that way you can save them year after year. Just use a metal strainer to press down the hollow eggs when they are in your pot of boiling water so they don't float to the top.