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Project

Silk-Tie Easter Eggs

Introduction

Silk goods such as ties, blouses, and boxers can be purchased at rummage sales or thrift stores. Silk can be reused on eggs.

Materials

  • Small- to medium-size raw eggs
  • Glass or enamel pot
  • Silk ties, blouses, or boxers, cut into pieces large enough to cover an egg
  • White sheets (or pillowcases or old tablecloths), cut into pieces to cover silk-wrapped eggs
  • Twist ties
  • 3 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Paper towels
  • Tongs or spoon

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut silk into a square (or a piece) large enough to wrap around a raw egg.

  2. Step 2

    Wrap a raw egg with a piece of silk, making sure the printed side of the material is facing the egg. Silk can still be used if it doesn't fit perfectly around egg.

  3. Step 3

    Place the silk-wrapped egg in a piece of white sheet, pillowcase, or old tablecloth and secure tightly with a twist-tie.

  4. Step 4

    Place the egg(s) in an enamel or glass pot. Fill pot with water to cover eggs completely. Then, add three tablespoons of white vinegar.

  5. Step 5

    Bring water to a boil, turn heat down, and simmer for 20 minutes (longer if you plan on eating the eggs).

  6. Step 6

    Remove eggs from water with tongs or spoon and let cool.

  7. Step 7

    Remove silk from cooled egg.

  8. Step 8

    For shiny eggs, wipe with vegetable oil after completing step 7.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2006

Reviews (48)

  • pattico 13 Mar, 2013

    Cracker Barrel has eggs I believe are ceramic. they have a finish on the outside that feels and looks like a real egg. I have two of them and I plan on trying the silk tie on them to see how the work.
    My cousin bought the eggs for me a few years ago and I'm sure it was at Cracker Barrel.

    patti

  • julehurl 21 Feb, 2013

    Help! - I have committed to doing the silk dye with groups of Elementary School Children on an Enrichment Day and am not getting a good result on my trial runs. Is it because I am using blown out eggs? Can anyone confirm that it only works with raw? I followed instructions to a tee; even managed to keep the hollow egg submerged in H2O with a colander. Input please.

  • eadb62 7 Apr, 2012

    I tried this with blown eggs and it didn't work. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  • emergencyfan 5 Apr, 2012

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

  • kay2the2nd 30 Mar, 2012

    My mom saw the Silk Tie method on Martha's show and brought silk ties to our annual multi-generational egg dying party in 2009. She passed away in Nov of 2010, but the silk tie dying is a permanent part of our party in her honor.

  • cjpcrew 26 Mar, 2011

    I did this. Most amazing craft YET! See my avitar~ Just beautiful. Going for lace eggs today.

  • SagatA 31 Mar, 2010

    I tired on two brown eggs, it still worked on them, but I prefered white eggs at the end.

  • SagatA 31 Mar, 2010

    I tired on two brown eggs, it still worked on them, but I prefered white eggs at the end.

  • djeps416 31 Mar, 2010

    does anyone know how to use this technique on blown eggs?

  • christinerenee 8 Apr, 2009

    I am so excited to try this out. I also wonder if it would work on anything other than eggs. I'm going to experiment.

  • eemingli 6 Apr, 2009

    can these eggs be eaten?

  • basketgal64 31 Mar, 2009

    My daughters and I tried this technique last year. They were beautiful and we had a ball doing it. This will definitely be an annual family affair.
    Basketgal, Lexington KY

  • Frannie60 13 Mar, 2009

    I saw the demo of this on Martha's show a couple of years ago and rushed out and bought some old silk ties and they turned out wonderful. Love this idea and found a couple of new ones to try this year! Thanks for all the great ideas.

  • kiltfire 21 Jan, 2009

    I make these Easter Eggs year 'round -- they brighten up any room of the house!

  • Grandmultipara 17 Nov, 2008

    I made a "baggie" kit for each family member, including pre-cut assorted silk squares and white cloth squares and ties, and instruction sheet. Everyone enjoyed dyeing the eggs and the results were beautiful! (Use pure silks with vivid, dark prints for best results.) We'll do this again for Easter, 2009!! Thanks, Martha!

  • cherisa77 27 Mar, 2008

    I tried this project and the color of my eggs barely turned out. The colors just weren't very bold as theyn n n n n n re shown in Martha's picture. Did anybody else experience this or is that just the way itn n n n n n s supposed to be?

  • Starbuxgal 25 Mar, 2008

    I made these last year and they turned out surprisingly well. I went the the thrift store and found lots of colorful ties to use.

  • Raspberry2 23 Mar, 2008

    No more fizzy tablet dyes for me ! These are beautiful and it seems to be sooooo easy. The colors and designs are endless ! I can't wait to start collecting old ties and other silks. Thanks for the video !

  • mirey 22 Mar, 2008

    i like all your recipys

  • mirey 22 Mar, 2008

    i like your recipys

  • MEC220 22 Mar, 2008

    This is SO cool!! I used an ordinary pot with no problem at all. Family thought I was nuts until I unwrapped them.

  • vonng 21 Mar, 2008

    Try and locate a stainless steel pot at a thrift store. Maybe a discount store will have something there you can use. Don't use a Le Creuset dutch oven-you might not be able to use it again for cooking.

  • VAWhite 13 Mar, 2008

    After watching this project on TV my sister and I went on a silk tie hunt while going to the local garage sales. We found a lady selling silk ties 12 for $1 so we picked out 24 interesting designs and headed home to test out this project before Easter. We had a great time with my daughter wrapping the eggs and trying to decide which would be the most beautiful....they all came out beautiful and we plan on making many more for Easter.

  • DomesticGoddess10 13 Mar, 2008

    this has become a tradition in our house! my mom first saw it on the show about 3 years ago and we've been doing it ever since! The eggs come out beautifully! The more intricate the pattern, the neater the results. My grandma is a volunteer at St. Vincent De Paul and whenever some silk ties come in, she snatches them up for us. It's a great project for any age and very easy to do. We've also used some old silk blouses and those work great as well!

  • suebooker 12 Mar, 2008

    I have a collection of my late father's silk ties. Is there a pattern I could use to make fabric eggs and stuff them with polyfil?

    Sue Booker

  • casperboy 11 Mar, 2008

    love this idea. be sure to take the lining out of the tie. goodwill always have beautiful silk ones. be sure they are silk tho.

  • jesicha 11 Mar, 2008

    This will be our third year we've decorated our eggs this way. My 14 year old sister has been collecting ties all year. I use a stainless steel pot and it works just fine.

  • Dorota_Ciszek 11 Mar, 2008

    It's amazing idea...I love it!!!

  • Debi1217 11 Mar, 2008

    This was one of the easist most fun ways to decorate eggs I have ever done. The mess was minimal and the eggs were beautiful. The tie I used was not even a tie I liked but the eggs came out just lovely! More grown up and worth a try!

  • Alex203 11 Mar, 2008

    hello how r ya

  • daisy97 10 Mar, 2008

    I find this idea fabulous and I am going to decorate this year my eggs just like that.
    Thank you, Jackie for sharing this idea with us!

  • contribu 10 Mar, 2008

    I think it should be noted that dyes from silk ties aren't necessarily food safe and the dye could leach thru the shell into the egg.
    Making this project with blown eggs seems much safer---and they last longer.

  • contribu 10 Mar, 2008

    Dies used in clothing aren't necessarily safe for food. The die from the tie is leeching into the egg shell (and some into the egg) I wouldn't suggest eating these. As fun as this craft sounds, I think there should be warnings posted.

  • budnot 10 Mar, 2008

    I'm not sure I understand what happens here...does the die in the silk leech into the egg?

  • mssell 8 Mar, 2008

    I was stymied by the glass pot, too, until I realized that my enamel Dutch oven would work. It was easy to clean up, too. My granddaughtler LOVED the surprise packages as she opened each egg. She couldn't believe she was allowed to keep them all! Definitely will be an Easter tradition for many years!

  • mrspsp 7 Mar, 2008

    My daughter and I are doing this project right now. Packaged eggs are simmering in their own little Corning hot tub! Four generations of us have kept a tradition of adding to our egg tree. We just make more if some break over the years. Until now, my daughter hasn't had much interest but you wouldn't believe how excited she is right now. Combining this with yard saling and thrift shopping and we have a year long of girl power sharing to look forward to. Thank you!

  • erinayn 6 Mar, 2008

    I'm having a hard time finding a glass pot. I have a Le Creuset enamel covered dutch oven pot - would that work??

  • txtrvlguy 6 Mar, 2008

    is there a special technique for doing this with blown eggs since the egg has to be boiled to transfer the pattern

  • RenaRozelle 5 Mar, 2008

    I dyed the eggs last yr. with my grandchildren. My grandson 7 is looking forward to this yr. I used an egg pump to blow out hte contents of the egg. After wrapping the eggs place in the pot and place a glass or enamel lid on top of the eggs to weigh them down. They keep from yr. to yr. They are the most beautiful eggs I have ever dyed.

  • djones 5 Mar, 2008

    We made these last year and they came out beautifully. Very easy for children too, and even if you use the same tie on two different eggs the results will be unique. My daughters have already asked when we're going to look for ties.

  • SMChase 4 Mar, 2008

    I've done these and they are almost to beautiful to eat, but we do. I would like to find some artifical eggs that I could dye and keep year after year, and I don't want blown eggs, they are too fragile, does any one out there know of any I could buy and where?

  • hindand 2 Mar, 2008

    I am off to the thrift store tomorrow so I can get started dying Easter eggs, I can't wait to have a bowl of these as a centerpiece on my table.I have already shared this site with 7 of my friends and will be sending to alot more. Thank You for the great idea!

  • Dahlink 1 Mar, 2008

    Are the eggs hard boiled or raw when you wrap them???

  • MsBarrett 29 Feb, 2008

    Are they still edible?

  • Annette_Dennis 29 Feb, 2008

    This is a great craft. I made them last year and left them for the guests to unwrap at the Easter dinner table. They were a big hit. They do need to be made with real silk fabric and you should remove the lining from the ties as it makes it easier to wrap the eggs tightly to get the clearest pattern transferred.

  • mollyapril 28 Feb, 2008

    Does it matter what the tie is made off. Do they have to be silk?

  • SuzieSueSue4 26 Feb, 2008

    What if I used wooden eggs that I paint with an acrylic paint first? That way I could use them to decorate year after year?

  • clomax 25 Feb, 2008

    Do you have to take the lining out of the tie first to get this to work properly?