DIY: Silk Dyed Easter Eggs
A few years ago, on Martha Stewart I saw this demo and I have loved this technique ever since! It’s much more trendy and cute than those neon liquid cups that makes a huge mess, plus it gives you an excuse to rid your man’s closet of ugly ties.
Here's the down low:
You need 100% silk for this to work. Make sure to check the labels to ensure you’re not using polyester, which can look pretty similar. I like to pick up ties at my local thrift store where they’re usually inexpensive. And remember: ugly ties equals beautiful eggs! I always say, the uglier the better (for the eggs, not on my man!). Anything silk will work, silk from an old blouse, a scarf....be inventive! And keep your eye out while at the thrift store.
I try to find an assortment of colors and patterns. Dark Reds, Purples (my fav) and deep blues work the best, but it’s fun to experiment with all kinds of designs and color combos. You never know how the color and pattern will transfer to the eggs, so it's kind of a thrill! You may think a tie pattern will turn out wonderful on an egg, but then end up disappointed. Then on the other hand, a tie you think will just be OK, turns out fab!
What you'll need:
- Eggs (raw, not hard boiled)
- Silk Ties (check the labels to make sure they are 100% silk)
- Old white sheets or pillow cases
- Twist Ties or Rubber Bands
Cut the silk tie into a portion so it's enough to cover the egg
Wrap silk around the egg (make sure that the silk is making contact as much as possible with the egg)
Secure with a twist tie or rubber band (I prefer twist ties)
After the eggs are wrapped in silk, wrap them again with a light colored light weight piece of fabric (old sheet or pillow case) and secure.
Put in a pot and cover with water.
Add 1/4 C vinegar and bring it to a boil.
Boil 20 minutes, remove the eggs and set them in a colander or on a towel to dry and cool.
Once cool enough to touch, can remove the fabric.
Photo from www.apartmenttherapy.com