How to make Silk “Tie” Dye Easter Eggs

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I can’t believe Easter is almost here… April 8th!  Are you ready yet?  I’ll be honest – I am SO not ready.  I ordered the girls personalized baskets from Thirty-One, but have nothing to put in them yet.  But even though I am not ready concerning Easter baskets Dilly and I had some fun making Easter eggs today.  Ya I know it’s a bit early to make Easter eggs, but if we didn’t do a batch now how would I share this awesome tutorial with you guys?

Silk “TIE” Dye Easter Eggs

Supplies:
eggs
100% Silk Neck Ties
White Sheet or Pillow Case
String / Twisty Ties / Dental Floss
Large Pot
White Vinegar

1.)  Gather up some 100% silk ties.  You could raid your hubby or dad’s stash of ties that you would rather die than see them wear in public, hehe.  Or you could hit up your local thrift store which is what Dilly and I did today.  Make sure to pick out a variety of colors and patterns, but most importantly check the tag to make sure they are 100% silk.

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2.)  Now it’s time to destroy the ties!  Turn them over and using scissors snip apart the stitching that runs down the center of the tie.  There will also be some lining that you can rip off and throw away.  Once you are done disassembling the ties you will be left with a pile of silk ready for some eggs.

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3.)  Next cut a piece of silk from each tie that is big enough to completely cover an egg.  Wrap the egg in the silk with the good side facing inward making sure the silk is as smooth as possible. Tie the silk tightly.  I also wrapped lots of dental floss around the egg to ensure the silk would stay against the egg to avoid as many white spots as possible.

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4.)  Once all of your eggs are tied in silk it is time to cover them with the white sheet or pillow case.  I also grabbed a cheap pillow case while at the thrift store today.  Cut the pillow case into pieces large enough to cover the entire egg so that no silk is showing.  This layer does not need to be as tight as the silk layer so when tie at the end will work perfectly.

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5.)  Place the eggs in a large pot and cover them water.  Add 1/4 cup white vinegar – bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes.  After they are done boiling you can be patient and wait for the eggs to cool down… or you can be like me and dunk them in cold water so that they cool down fast, hehe.

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6.)  Once the eggs are completely cooled down comes the exciting part!  Carefully snip the string or dental floss… peel away the fabric and be surprised by all the beautiful designs!  You can also rub a tiny bit of vegetable oil on the eggs to give them a nice shine.

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It’s really interesting how some ties that are rather ugly give you amazing results, but ties that you think would look awesome are rather disappointing.  Below you can see the before and after of each tie I used….

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So what are you waiting for?  Gather up some ugly silk ties and have some fun!  Let people be wowed by your amazing Easter eggs – you don’t have to tell them how simple it was, hehe.

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21 Responses to How to make Silk “Tie” Dye Easter Eggs

  1. That is so cool!! I love that idea. We will definitely have to give that a try!!

  2. I’ve never heard or seen anything like this! What an awesome idea – thanks for the tutorial!

  3. that is a awesome idea!!!

  4. Rachel says:

    Great idea! Are the eggs emptied first?

    • Hi Rachel – No I didn’t empty them… though you could probably do that so you could keep them forever…. though they might crack when you boil them bc they would be very fragile. It’s worth a try though – let me know what happens if you do it. 🙂

  5. Very cool idea! Just to make sure, you are using raw eggs, right? I assume the 20 minutes is plenty to hard-boil them, but I would worry about cracking an egg when wrapping with the floss if using raw. Thanks!

    • Yup Amy they are raw…. just gotta be careful not to apply to much pressure 🙂

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  6. Kellsey Galart says:

    that is so cool. too bad scot doesn’t have any ties lol well not ones i could cut up…

  7. Amy says:

    I think i may be going to look at the thrift stores to see if I can find any silk ties! That is so cook on how it worked.

  8. This is awesome! I think I want to try this! It looks really fun and quite easy really! 🙂

  9. Mimi says:

    Ok, that’s brilliant!! I have no ties around here, but I bet I could find some at a used clothing store!!

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