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.
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.
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