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Silk-Tie Easter Eggs

Our easy method transfers the bright colors and patterns found in ties, scarves, and other pure silk fabrics onto eggs. Bundle a single egg in a scrap, dip it in bath of vinegar and boiling water, and unwrap to reveal the instantly intricate design.

silk tie easter eggs in basket

Photography: Janelle Jones

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

How does it work? As the egg soaks in a hot vinegar bath, the fabric's dyes—and consequently, its patterns—are imprinted onto the eggshell surface. This traditional method of coloring eggs results in less mess and less waste. This project is a great idea for upcycling old fabrics and supplies. For wrapping your eggs in white cloth, you can cut scraps from bed sheets, pillowcases, or old tablecloths. Silk items such as ties, blouses, and neck scarves can be found at estate sales, flea markets, or thrift stores. Check the inside label before you begin—the item must be 100 percent silk. If you're still unsure, give it a touch test: genuine silk should feel smooth and warm in your hands, look lustrous, and change color in the light. Silk can be reused on eggs. Keep in mind that the hard-boiled eggs will not be edible after you've transferred a silk design.

 

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Easter egg decorating ideas.

 

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materials

  • Eggs

  • Glass or enamel pot

  • Assorted silk ties, blouses, and scarves

  • White cloth

  • Scissors (Pictured: Martha Stewart All-Purpose Scissors, $21, michaels.com.)

  • Elastics

  • White vinegar

  • Tongs

  • Wiping cloth

  • Vegetable oil (optional)

steps

  1. Cut silk fabric and white sheets into square scraps, fit to the egg.

    silk tie easter eggs step 1
  2. Wrap the egg in silk, making sure the printed side of the material is facing the egg; secure with an elastic. (Note: Secure it tightly. The tighter you wrap it, the clearer the pattern will be.)

    silk tie easter eggs step 2
  3. Place the silk-wrapped egg on a piece of white cloth; secure tightly with another elastic. Repeat steps 1-3 for each egg.

    silk tie easter eggs step 3
  4. Place wrapped eggs in an enamel or glass pot. Fill pot with enough water to cover eggs completely. Add three tablespoons of white vinegar. Bring water to a boil, turn heat down, and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the eggs from water with tongs and let cool.

    silk tie easter eggs step 4
  5. Unwrap the silk to reveal your egg's design. (Optional: For a shiny finish to your eggs, lightly wipe each one with vegetable oil and a cloth.)

    silk tie easter eggs step 5

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