Eggs to Dye For

Silk-dyed eggs have been all over the internet for the past few years. It was a technique I always wanted to try, but I never had excess silk, ties or scarves hanging around. Then, when Brian and I started cleaning out our closets we found some real gems. And by gems, I mean hideous ties. They had to go, and I knew just what to do with them!

Tie-Dyed Eggs by

Tie-Dyed Eggs by

The project was pretty simple, but it is time-consuming. We ran into some trouble with two of the ties we used; I suppose they turned out not to be 100 percent silk, which is necessary. The ones that did work, are quite unique though. We’ll definitely be giving this another shot next year, too.

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Tie-Dyed Eggs

  • white eggs
  • 3 nails, each one slightly bigger than the last
  • mallet
  • straw
  • 100 percent silk ties
  • scissors
  • twist ties or rubber bands
  • white cotton cloth
  • large nonreactive pot
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • tongs

1. First blow out your eggs. To do this, slightly hammer the smallest of your nails (the smaller the better) into one end of your egg. Remove the nail, then work the next larger nail into the same exact spot. Finally, finish with your largest nail. Repeat this process at the other end of the egg, so you have a hole on the top and one on the bottom. Take your longest nail and poke it into each hole several times, carefully moving it around to help break up the yolk. Place a straw over the top hole and blow into the opposite end of the straw. If saving your eggs, do this over a bowl. If not saving your eggs, it helps to do this over the sink with running water. Once all of the whites and yolk have come out of the egg, rinse it under running water and set it on a towel to dry. Repeat with remaining eggs.

2. Carefully take your ties apart, starting with the back seam. Cut squares large enough to wrap around the eggs, with a bit extra on each side.

3. Wrap the fabric, top-side-in, around each egg. Secure each end as tight as you can with a twist tie or rubber band.

4. Cut your cotton cloth into squares large enough to wrap each egg in. Wrap the eggs and secure with a twist tie or rubber band.

5. Fill a large nonreactive pot with cold water and add the vinegar. Place the wrapped eggs inside the pot. If eggs are floating, top with a heat-safe plate (to help keep the eggs submerged). Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes. Turn heat off and let eggs sit in water for 30 minutes. Use tongs to remove eggs, let cool, then unwrap.

SWWU Tip 1: Wrap your eggs as tightly as possible. Any spot where the fabric is not touching the eggs will result in the pattern not being transferred. It also helps to wet the silk a bit before wrapping your egg in it. 

SWWU Tip 2: Any type of silk should work for this project. In addition to ties, look for scarves or scraps of fabric at thrift stores. 

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