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Silk-Dyed Easter Eggs

Give your Easter eggs a one-of-a-kind look with this simple silk-dyeing technique.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, April 2009


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  • Large or extra-large raw eggs

  • Glass or enamel pot

  • Scissors

  • 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


  1. Cut silk into pieces large enough to wrap around a raw egg.

  2. 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.

  3. Place the silk-wrapped egg in a piece of undyed cotton and secure tightly with another twist-tie.

  4. 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.

  5. Bring water to a boil, turn heat down, and simmer for 40 minutes or longer.

  6. Remove eggs from water with tongs or spoon, place on a cooling rack, and let cool.

  7. Remove silk from cooled egg.

  8. For shiny eggs, wipe with a paper towel dabbed in vegetable oil.

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