I am super excited to share this post with you today! This post is all about dying Easter Eggs with men’s silk ties.
If you don’t know this about me, I love thrift stores, estate sales, and the thrill of the hunt, so this project was right up my alley.
I first saw this on Pinterest and thought it looked easy enough to try, so I went to thrift me some silk ties.
The Supply List For Dyeing Easter Eggs
- It would help if you were sure your ties are 100% silk. But, of course, you can also use silk scarves, a silk blouse, or anything 100% silk.
- One large piece of white fabric ( I cut up an old sheet)
- Water to cover the eggs
- 1/4-1/2 C white vinegar
Step By Step Instructions for Dyeing Easter Eggs
1. Double-Check Tie Materials
The funny thing was, all of my ties said they were 100% silk, as there is a small tag on all ties that tells you the material’s content, so I was sure to double-check, however…… I think somebody fibbed, as a few were not silk!!!
2. Chose Your Colors And Patterns for Dyeing Easter Eggs
I try to find an assortment of colors and patterns. Usually, dark reds, blues, and oranges work the best. But keep an open mind, as it is fun to experiment with different colors and patterns.
It is fun, as you never know which fabrics will transfer the best and which ones bomb! So have fun and give it a try.
Here are some ties I picked up from my local thrift stores.
3. Time to Deconstruct the Ties
Deconstruct your ties and remove the inner lining and any labels that may be sewn to the back of the tie.
I loved this sweet tie that was designed by a 6-year-old boy! and must have been a fundraiser, and the egg this pattern created was one of my favorites.
4. Wrap The Eggs With Your Ties
Next, you want to cut a piece of silk large enough to wrap around the egg and tie it up at the end.
The more direct contact the silk has with the egg, the clearer the imprint of the pattern will be, but be careful not to wrap too hard, or you will break the egg, which is a raw egg.
You also want to be sure that the right side of the material is against the eggshell.
You’ll get a swirly watercolor effect or some white lines where there are folds in the fabric.
There is nothing perfect about these eggs, which gives them their beauty and individuality.
I tied my eggs at the point of the egg as I wanted the larger end to show the most pattern as I would put my eggs in egg cups.
If you want your pattern to be more on the side of the egg, wrap it horizontally instead of vertically.
5. Wrapping The Egss With White Fabric
After wrapping all your eggs in their Sunday best, it is time to wrap them in the white fabric.
6. Preparing The Eggs To Get Colorful
Now put all your eggs in a pot and cover them with water. I put 1/4 cup of white vinegar in every 8-10 eggs.
Once the water comes to a boil, cook for 20 minutes.
7. Cooling The Eggs
Now is the hard part: you must let them cool before unveiling their beauty. ( this is the hardest part for me, I like instant gratification )
It is like Christmas when you open them up to see what you get!!!
Here are my results.
The End Result
I started with 18 eggs, and six bombed, so I ended up with a dozen.
You can see how the eggs match up with the silk prints on the right. It is quite exciting, I must say!
Delighted to share that this creative project ranks among my all-time favorites! For a lasting keepsake, you can carefully remove the egg’s contents before adding a splash of color. Watch out, though. These delicate eggshells need some extra tender loving care while handling.