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DIY Silk Tie Dyed Easter Eggs Tutorial

in DIY / Tutorials, Family, General

Silk tie dyed Easter eggs are so much fun to make and way less messy than buying a dying kit or using vinegar and food colouring!

silk tie die Easter eggs

First you’ll need to start with 100% silk ties. Right now we’re on skiing vacation, so rather than rid Mr. MK of a few duds laying around in his closet, I picked up a few from a thrift shop in Banff. It’s a good thing we were buying them to destroy, because the pickin’s were slim and ugly (unlike me … ahahaha).

silk tie dye Easter eggs

A good looking tie doesn’t necessarily mean a good looking Easter egg, so go ahead and use whatever you can find. Generally, I’ve found brighter colours turn out the best, but the results are always a bit of a surprise and what make this so much fun.

silk tie dye Easter eggs

Go ahead and open up the ties by removing the stitching up the middle. Most likely you’ll find that there is a white liner inside the tie. Set this aside to use later on.

silk tie dye Easter eggs

Wrap your egg in the silk fabric and tie it up at one end. We used dental floss, mostly because we are on holiday and I didn’t bring any sort of string. Just call me McGuyver … or not!

silk tie dye Easter eggs

This is where you can get creative. You can use one large piece of fabric or several small strips. We found it was easier for small hands, if the fabric was wet when it was wrapped around the egg.

silk tie dye Easter eggs

In addition, through trial and error we discovered that you don’t get large white spaces on your finished Easter eggs if you wrap the egg many times over with the string.

After you’ve wrapped the egg in silk you’ll need to wrap it in a clean white cotton. Normally, I’d cut up an old pillowcase, but our holiday accommodation doesn’t come with old pillow cases, so we used the white liner that was removed from the tie earlier.

silk tie dye Easter eggs

Boil the eggs for 20 minutes in water and a 1/4 cup of white vinegar.

silk tie dye Easter eggs

My kids are impatient, so I have a bowl of cold water waiting for the cooked eggs. I remove them from boiling water and let them sit in the cold water for 10 minutes.

silk tie dye Easter eggs

The kids love unwrapping them! Every one is different.

silk tie dye Easter eggs

Enjoy :)

MK xo
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92 comments… add one

  • Madeline April 3, 2010, 5:26 am

    Beautiful! I so need to get around to trying this some day.
    .-= Madeline´s last blog ..Well, You Know How Bunnies Are… =-.

  • jafer April 3, 2010, 6:17 am

    Wow, that is fabulous. I don’t know where you find out this stuff, but I wish you’d been my mother :)
    .-= jafer´s last blog ..And so this is Easter =-.

  • Angella April 3, 2010, 7:27 am

    Those are beautiful, Kim! Thanks for the tutorial. :)
    .-= Angella´s last blog ..What You Don’t Know Won’t Hurt You =-.

  • Robbie April 3, 2010, 8:53 am

    Gorgeous eggs, I am going to the Thrift store right now to look for ugly ties. A great craft to do with the grandkids tomorrow while waiting for the turkey to cook. Thanks.

  • Jenn B April 3, 2010, 9:44 am

    E-mazing! Seeing ad I already boiled my eggs & bought the paas set, too late for this year but hoping I remember it for next year!
    .-= Jenn B´s last blog ..Ryan’s Tweets for 2010-04-03 =-.

  • Trouitre April 4, 2010, 5:11 am

    Thanks you for your article.
    Nice informations ;)
    .-= Trouitre´s last blog ..Paris sportifs gagnants : La référence des stratégies de paris sportifs =-.

  • Heidi April 4, 2010, 12:51 pm

    Love this idea! Since we are moving we didn’t do up any eggs this year, but I’m going to have to remember this for next year.

  • lace April 5, 2010, 9:36 am

    I need to try this sometime.

    I love the pebble placemat/runner.

  • Joanne April 5, 2010, 10:50 am

    That is so stinkin’ cool. I think I’m going to give this a try. I can’t wait to show the kids.

  • Rory April 5, 2010, 4:01 pm

    I love how intricate it looks. Just wondering how the design got transferred to the eggs?
    .-= Rory´s last blog ..New Zealand Via Road & Rail – A Journey Through Natural Splendour =-.

  • Jenny, Crash Test Mommy April 7, 2010, 1:58 pm

    Are you stinkin kidding me? Those are GORGEOUS. I will definitely try that next year.

    Wow.
    .-= Jenny, Crash Test Mommy´s last blog ..I am titling this one “SPRING! IS! HERE!” which has nothing to do with the post, but deserves to be screamed from the rooftops because Spring? IS. HERE. =-.

  • albertblack April 7, 2010, 8:44 pm

    Beautiful but is that safe to eat especially for children?

  • Liz@thisfullhouse April 8, 2010, 4:43 am

    Oh…how…COOL…is…that!?!? We stay over my mom’s house every year and color eggs on Good Friday. I am so going to try this, next year. It looks easy enough, maybe even I could do it…juuuuuuust maybe ;) Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Liz@thisfullhouse´s last blog ..NWF Be Out There Challenge: Reflections, Senior Living and Shuffleboard =-.

  • Pauline April 8, 2010, 2:21 pm

    They’re just beautiful! How/where did you learn to do this??

    You’re so talanted.
    .-= Pauline´s last blog ..Honest to goodness, would you just look at this! =-.

  • Tara April 29, 2010, 8:15 pm

    How fun! Yours turned out beautiful, I wish I had of found this before Easter!
    .-= Tara´s last blog ..Do you need to give your children vitamins? =-.

  • Tired Mom Tésa April 12, 2011, 12:06 pm

    These are gorgeous! I saw this in a magazine once and have always wanted to do this but never knew where to find cheap silk ties – not sure why the thrift store never crossed my mind. Thanks for the tutorial – you’ve inspired me to give it a try this year!

  • Cookin' Canuck April 12, 2011, 7:25 pm

    Those are so cool! I can’t wait to try this with my kids. By the way, I am a tad bit envious that you are in beautiful Banff.

  • marla April 12, 2011, 7:25 pm

    These are sooooo beautiful & creative!

  • Anna Dueck April 13, 2011, 11:05 am

    Will this work with egg shells that have the egg already blown out of them??
    I’d prefer to do it this way so we could keep the beautiful eggs afterwards,
    but not if it won’t work or the boiling will cause the shells to crack.

  • Anna Dueck April 13, 2011, 11:06 am

    Will this work with egg shells that already have the egg blown out of them
    or will the boiling cause them to break?

    I’d prefer to blow the egg out so we can keep our beautiful creations.

  • MommyKnows April 14, 2011, 12:44 pm

    @Anna Dueck, I’m not sure Anna! We really tied the ties on tightly and there was a lot of pushing, pulling and squeezing. I can’t imagine the blown eggs making it though that! Let me know if you try it and how it works out.

    Kim

  • Anna Dueck April 13, 2011, 11:08 am

    Will this work with egg shells that already have the egg blown out of them,
    or will the boiling cause them to break?

    I’d prefer to blow the egg out so I can keep our creations longer.

  • sophistimom April 14, 2011, 12:16 pm

    I’ve seen these done before, but never as beautiful as yours. They are gorgeous.

  • MommyKnows April 14, 2011, 12:45 pm

    @sophistimom, Thank you so much! I love your blog :)

  • sophistimom April 14, 2011, 2:39 pm

    @MommyKnows, Aww, thanks!

  • breanna April 14, 2011, 3:38 pm

    this is brilliant! i LOVE it!!

  • lori April 14, 2011, 7:37 pm

    WHAT A COOL FUN IDEA AND JUST IN TIME FOR SOMETHING FUN AND DIFFERENT TO DO WITH THE GRANDKIDS THIS EASTER! THANKS !!!!! :-)

  • Beverly Harris Tjerngren April 15, 2011, 1:50 pm

    Such a clever idea!

  • Nicci 'N-Pop' Clayton April 15, 2011, 2:33 pm

    wow!! That is a GREAT idea!!!!!!!

  • Alisha Cooper April 15, 2011, 3:40 pm

    I just might have to try this!

  • Alisha Cooper April 15, 2011, 7:25 pm

    Anyone want to bring ties to my house? I’ll provide the eggs and boiling water.

  • Brandi Peters Yates April 15, 2011, 3:54 pm

    Im going to try this!

  • Jennifer Maupin Powell April 15, 2011, 7:19 pm

    That is so cool!!!! I want to try it too!!!

  • Debbie April 15, 2011, 10:10 am

    This is probably a dumb question but, are the eggs edible?

  • Barbara Barror April 15, 2011, 8:00 pm

    Chelsea! Check it out!

  • Marie Woznicki-Likavec April 16, 2011, 3:12 pm

    This is amazing! I’m going raid Davi’d closet…

  • Adria April 15, 2011, 1:20 pm

    Am I understanding correctly that you do this to raw eggs and then boil them in this process?

  • Wildtree - Eat Well with Michelle April 15, 2011, 11:01 pm

    These are beautiful! What a unique way to color eggs!

  • Dawn April 15, 2011, 5:56 pm

    Um…so does anyone know if the eggs are still edible after doing this? I’d love to do with this my kids, but they also love to eat the eggs after….

  • Paula Jean Krueger April 16, 2011, 2:37 am

    This looks awesome! I so want to try this

  • Rhea Tabler April 16, 2011, 2:47 am

    I went to the thrift store this week and bought 10 ties so I can try this this weekend! It looks so cool.

  • Paula Jean Krueger April 19, 2011, 1:18 am

    I tried it. They turned out soo cool!

  • Lydia Johnson April 16, 2011, 3:14 am

    Those are beautiful!

  • Jessica Hope Lynn April 16, 2011, 4:55 am

    wow!

  • Dulce Shimkus April 16, 2011, 6:45 am

    So cool!

  • Alix Richardson April 16, 2011, 4:57 pm

    Gotta try this

  • Cathy Booher April 16, 2011, 5:20 pm

    this is pretty darn awsome!!!!

  • Anna Dueck April 16, 2011, 5:06 pm

    I did my project today, and the blown out eggs worked equally as well as the hard boiled ones, although we did have 1 casualty. After I blew the eggs out, I baked the shells in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 to strengthen them a little.

  • Lorien Johnson April 17, 2011, 4:35 am

    what a neat idea!

  • Alison Wright April 17, 2011, 5:11 pm

    Wow how simple and easy! Love it!

  • Tracy Oakes April 17, 2011, 5:50 pm

    wish I had that much creativity!!!!Great idea

  • Amanda Creagh April 17, 2011, 8:40 pm

    I love this!

  • Sandy Menzel April 18, 2011, 1:19 am

    I am so sorry I will miss the tie dye party this year… my personal caveat – use a glass or porcelain pot to boil the eggs!

  • Margaret Hoekstra Vincent April 21, 2011, 12:08 am

    Sandy – why do you suggest that? I have neither glass nor porcelain pots, and was going to do this tonight!

  • Sandy Menzel April 21, 2011, 12:50 am

    I am not quite sure… but I know that they do not turn out as nice if you use an aluminium or metal pot… probably something to do with reactive properties of the metal, silk, and vinegar.. they will work, just not as bright! Salvation Army has a ton!

  • Margaret Hoekstra Vincent April 21, 2011, 2:10 am

    Dang, I was just there for the ties! Oh well — I’ll still try it. Good to know though — thanks!

  • Margaret Hoekstra Vincent April 18, 2011, 3:24 pm

    Kim, did you ever say (or did anyone else?) if you attempted eating these or not? My husband grew up in a dye-the-eggs-and-leave-them-on-the-kitchen-table-for-decoration house, but I grew up in a eat-the-eggs house :) (and we eat a LOT of hard boiled eggs in our current house!)

  • Margaret Hoekstra Vincent April 18, 2011, 3:31 pm

    You know what? Ignore that question. I just thought about it for a minute and realized the only reason I’d want to do this is for decoration, and so what the dye or vinegar or anything else does to the eggs is irrelevant. I want them sitting on the table looking pretty!

  • Erica Fisher April 18, 2011, 6:42 pm

    You use vinegar for even the PAAS dye. Doesn’t hurt the eggs a bit.

  • Margaret Hoekstra Vincent April 18, 2011, 6:57 pm

    Good point (I’d forgotten). But the “leaving them out on the table” part might make them less edible :)

  • Ali Knapp April 18, 2011, 6:59 pm

    I have a question – if you don’t eat them, and hard boil them thoroughly, do they eventually go bad and stink up the place?

  • Erica Fisher April 18, 2011, 7:00 pm

    See, there’s debate there too. My grandmother questioned my refrigeration of the dyed eggs. She said they always left theirs out and ‘nobody ever died.’

  • Margaret Hoekstra Vincent April 18, 2011, 7:36 pm

    @Ali – my family always refrigerated them, but the hubs’ family always left them on the table in a pretty basket. And then tossed them afterward, but I never smelled anything bad. I think if they aren’t cracked, they’d last … for at least the season.

    So Erica, they ate them?

  • Margaret Hoekstra Vincent April 18, 2011, 7:37 pm

    P.S. did you see in the comments below someone blew hers out and baked the shells to harden them? I wonder if I have the patience, but it sounds rather brilliant.

  • Erica Fisher April 18, 2011, 7:56 pm

    Yup. They ate them! And blowing the eggs out is the way you start pysanky. It’s not as hard as it sounds – I did it for a craft for Liv’s class when she was in KG. I don’t think you’d have to bake them. I never did!

  • Sarah Turley April 19, 2011, 10:28 am

    I once left some decorated eggs out for ages, and they did start to smell after a time, but they’d been there a while. I’ve also blown eggs but had never heard of baking them before. Seems like it would be a good way make them harder, but do you do that before dying them or after?

  • Mike Wiggett April 19, 2011, 11:12 am

    Eat-the-eggs gets my vote, except in Czukie’s house, where pysanky is something special.

    Btw, do you ever get brown eggs in the US? We get both brown and white varieties in the UK, but I’ve only seen white ones over the pond.

  • Diane Rodes Garland April 18, 2011, 4:39 pm

    Ok, I’m trying this even if my son doesn’t want to help–too cool not to.

  • Tracy McGhee Moede April 18, 2011, 9:53 pm

    Too much fun!!! Going to look through hubby’s closet while he is asleep tonight. Tee hee

  • Mary Arkless April 18, 2011, 10:05 pm

    Just wait until he goes to work tomorrow!

  • Susannah Ewing Boelke April 19, 2011, 9:16 am

    These are beautiful! too bad my Dad’s enormous tie collection is so far away …

  • Nicki Davis Diffin April 19, 2011, 9:01 pm

    I wanna try this!

  • Maria L. Edwards April 20, 2011, 6:00 am

    I saw martha stewart do this a few do this a few years ago. So cool

  • Mindy Geist April 20, 2011, 11:52 pm

    very interesting

  • Alicia Hayes Wautlet April 21, 2011, 2:34 am

    They are spectacular!

  • Melissa Crocker April 22, 2011, 2:25 pm

    thanks susan!

  • Tamara Betschart Strassburg April 22, 2011, 2:52 pm

    i think i am going to try this! when i was growing up my mom would also use red onion skins with doilies and/or lace, that is pretty neat & different as well. thanks Mel <3

  • Melissa Crocker April 22, 2011, 2:59 pm

    these make me want to dye eggs and my kid is 24! :)

  • Karin Lampkin April 22, 2011, 3:01 pm

    we did these a couple years ago and they were BEAUTIFUL! Melly – who cares how old your daughter is – have fun! Easter only comes once a year!!!

  • Elaine Napoli-Alwine April 22, 2011, 2:36 pm

    THIS IS SOO COOL!
    THANKS FOR SHAREING BROOK!

  • Julie Scott April 22, 2011, 7:56 pm

    If you want to keep them for a long time and don’t want rotten eggs laying around, put a pin hole in the ends and blow the runny egg out first and have scrambles eggs, then “tie-dye” the eggs.

  • Patty Caruso April 23, 2011, 7:50 am

    We made these eggs twice yesterday!! First my daughter and I made a dozen and they turned out beautiful. Then we went to a egg painting party and brought the silk tie supplies. Everyone was so impressed at how easy and beautiful the eggs turned out!! We used both an enamel pot and stainless steel pot, neither made a difference.

    Thank you so much, Happy Easter!

    Patty

  • relationship adviser July 9, 2011, 9:33 pm

    Creating fun moments with your children such are these are a great way to build their trust and rapport towards you. It is a great way to bond and give them all your time and effort for them to feel that they are loved and they are important. It is best if both parents could do this fun activities together because a complete family would always have an impact to a child. Nonetheless, if you are a single parent, it should not hinder you to become a better parent for your child.

  • Irina March 9, 2012, 1:31 pm

    WOW…I know many ways of colouring eggs but this blew my mind away…so cool!!! Now I just need to explain to my husband that some of his old ties can really be “thrown” away…and try this.

  • Adam J. Seidl March 30, 2012, 9:33 am

    Alas, it appears that you CANNOT eat these eggs. In this very well researched post (link to follow), Jacqueline Wilson talks to a dye expert and an FDA Representative about the dyes used to dye silk. Both sources indicate that some of the ingredients in those dyes are toxic.

    http://www.writrams.com/2011/03/29/silk-tie-dyed-easter-eggs-safe-to-eat/

    Too bad, because this was really neat to look at–but I come from a background where not eating the eggs would be considered a terrible waste of eggs.

    Any ideas how to get around this?

  • Erika April 5, 2012, 12:22 pm

    These are lovely, but I have to wonder if they are safe to eat. If you buy the ties second hand, who knows what kind of chemicals (dry cleaning) they might contain. I would worry they would leach into the eggs.

  • Szimi July 8, 2012, 3:41 pm

    Oh, they are so beautiful! would they work with silk scarfs?

  • pari turf February 18, 2013, 2:19 am

    What a material of un-ambiguity and preserveness of
    precious know-how on the topic of unpredicted emotions.

  • wafikah April 20, 2013, 2:21 am

    i like so much the handcruft

  • Drew March 19, 2014, 2:26 pm

    Can you tell me the purpose of the cotton outer wrap?

  • Ginger March 31, 2014, 11:29 pm

    You can save hard boiled eggs for years in a dry place, uncovered. I discovered this by accident when one Easter some were not found until the next year. Eggs have to be free of cracks. I have had one especially pretty one for over 10 years.

  • Pat April 5, 2014, 10:08 pm

    does anyone know how long you can keep these eggs

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