This Easter, I wanted to find an alternative to the pre-packaged egg dying kits found at the store. I did some searching online and there are so many great ideas out there, from natural dyes, to painting, to marbling. The one idea that really caught my attention was silk dyeing eggs. I didn’t even know you could do this! It is so easy and inexpensive and I’d love to show you how to dye your own eggs!
What you need: 100% Silk ties, an old white pillowcase (or fabric), uncooked eggs, scissors, rubber bands (or twist ties), water, vinegar, a large pot.
The first step is to get some silk ties (scarves would work too). They must be 100% silk. I was looking for ones with interesting patterns, and I tried to stick to a floral theme, although good floral patterns were hard to find. I purchased each of these four ties at thrift stores and estate sales for $1 or under.
When looking for ties, I checked tags to make sure they said “All Silk” or “100%” Silk.
I used some scissors to cut open seams and take out all of the inside fabric in the ties, basically, you want only the silk part left. Each tie can dye 2-3 medium eggs.
The next step is to wrap the eggs with the silk. You want to wrap them pretty tight so that the fabric is touching most of the eggs surface. You also may want to strategically place patterns on the egg like I did above.
Use a rubber band or twisty tie to secure the silk.
Make sure that the “pretty” or “right” side of the fabric is touching the egg. That is the side that the dye was printed on the fabric.
After you have all of your eggs wrapped in silk. Take some white fabric (I just used an old pillowcase) and wrap each egg again in some white fabric. This is to help make sure the colors don’t bleed from one egg to another.
Secure the white fabric with a rubber band too.
Gently place the wrapped eggs in a pot and cover them with water. The water should be about 2 inches above the eggs.
Pour in a little bit of vinegar, about 1/4 cup.
Place the pot on the stove over medium heat and let simmer for 40 minutes.
Then let the eggs cool. I ran some cold water over them for a bit.
The most exciting part is unwrapping the eggs to see your designs! Below are the eggs with the original fabric that was wrapped around them.
Aren’t they so beautiful? I really loved the way they turned out!
I especially loved this floral pattern!
Here are the sides that had the rubber band on them, so not all of the fabric was touching the eggs here.
This might just become a new Easter tradition! Thanks for reading! 🙂