Learn how to Decorate, Dye or Color Your Easter Eggs with Silk Ties
What a clever way of making gorgeous, unique Easter Eggs by printing on them with beautiful Silk Ties? I don’t know who came up with this idea but it’s become a super popular way of coloring Easter eggs.
I’ve been on kind of an Easter Egg dyeing kick lately. There are just so many fun ways to decorate them with the dye tablets, melted crayons and shaving cream (I still have to try that one).
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When I was a kid, all we had were the Paas dye tablets or we made natural Easter egg dye with onion skins. That’s all we ever did. Well, now the sky’s the limit. You can paint them, decoupage, wrap and crackle them. Turns out you can also print on them with colorful silk ties.
I knew you could print a silk scarf with a silk tie but I had no idea about coloring Easter Eggs with silk ties.
What are Silk Tie Easter Eggs?
Basically, they are eggs where the dye pattern from a silk tie has been transferred to the eggshell by simmering in boiling water.
I’m not sure what the chemistry is that makes this process work … I do know that silk is a protein fiber which has to be dyed with acid dyes. And, since egg shells are also made of protein, it makes sense that the dyes would then transfer. If you have a better explanation for why the silk ties print on eggs, I’d love to know!
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Easter Egg Dyeing Supplies:
*** Since I don’t know what kind of dye was used on the silk ties, I boiled my eggs in an old pot, no longer used for cooking. You can pick one up at the thrift store for a couple bucks. Better safe than sorry!
Wrap the Eggs with Silk Ties
Next, place one of your eggs in the middle of a square of silk fabric. Then, take a length of thread and wrap it around the excess fabric of the bundle several times to secure the egg snugly. You want the silk print to make good contact with the egg shell.
Now, you need to wrap the same egg again with a square of your scrap fabric. Tie off as before. Repeat the above steps to wrap all of your eggs in the silk and the scrap fabrics.
Boiling the Easter Eggs
Add about 1/4 cup of white vinegar to your cook pot. Now, carefully place your wrapped eggs in the cook pot and add enough water to cover the eggs.
Bring the water to an easy boil and just simmer for about 20 minutes. Turn off the stove and remove the pot from the heat. You need to let the eggs cool completely. I know, this is the hard part! The waiting to unwrap your printed Easter eggs!
Unwrap the Printed Easter Eggs
Now comes the fun part! You get to unwrap your cool Easter Eggs.
Aren’t they beautiful? Two of my dyed Easter Eggs were much paler than the others. Upon inspection, I noticed that those silk ties were labeled “Stain Resistant”. This means they’ve been treated with something to keep them clean.
Consequently, it also means those ties did not release the dye as well as the non-treated silk ties. I must say though that those Easter Eggs are also lovely. By the way, to make your Easter Eggs shiny, rub them with a little vegetable oil.
Are Silk Dyed Easter Eggs Edible?
Eggs which have been printed with silk ties are probably NOT safe to eat. Silk ties are usually dyed with chemical acid dyes which are definitely not edible. And, since eggshells are naturally porous, the dye may seep through the shell to the egg itself.
How to Blow Out an Egg
Finally, if you want to keep your beautifully decorated Easter Eggs indefinitely, you may want to blow them out. Meaning, blow out the egg white and yolk so all you’re left with is the shell. Here’s a step by step tutorial showing you how to blow out an egg for dyeing.
What’s your favorite way or Coloring Easter Eggs? Please share in the comments.
If you’re interested in more ideas for coloring Easter Eggs, you may like my Wool Felted Easter Eggs, Decorating Easter Eggs with Yarn and the Natural Easter Egg Dye with Onion Skins. I also made a roundup of various egg dyeing ideas at 15 Cool Easter Egg Decorating Ideas.
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Natural Dye Easter Eggs using Onion Skins
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DIY Easter Eggs Decorated with Yarn
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