Silk-Dyed Easter Eggs
Give your Easter eggs a one-of-a-kind look with this simple silk-dyeing technique.
- Large or extra-large raw eggs
- Glass or enamel pot
- Pieces and scraps of 100 percent silk -- including cut-up silk ties, blouses, or boxers -- large enough to cover an egg
- Squares of undyed cotton or pieces of old white sheets, pillowcases, or tablecloths that are large enough to cover silk-wrapped eggs
- 3 tablespoons white vinegar
- Twist ties
- Warm water
- Tongs or spoon
- Cooling rack
- Vegetable oil
- Paper towels
Cut silk into pieces large enough to wrap around a raw egg.
Tightly wrap a raw egg with a piece of silk, making sure the printed side of the material is facing the egg. Secure with a twist tie.
Place the silk-wrapped egg in a piece of undyed cotton and secure tightly with another twist-tie.
Place egg(s) in an enamel or glass pot. Fill the pot with enough water to cover eggs completely. Add three tablespoons of white vinegar to the water.
Bring water to a boil, turn heat down, and simmer for 40 minutes or longer.
Remove eggs from water with tongs or spoon, place on a cooling rack, and let cool.
Remove silk from cooled egg.
For shiny eggs, wipe with a paper towel dabbed in vegetable oil.