Posted: Apr 07, 2014 9:00 AM
 
Skip those messy dyes when coloring Easter eggs this year. With some old silk neck ties and some vinegar, you can transfer beautiful designs to your Easter eggs without all the mess!  

allParenting Silk dyed easter eggs supplies

Supplies:

  • Eggs
  • 100 percent silk neck ties
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands
  • White cotton fabric
  • Vinegar
  • Vegetable oil

Directions:

allParenting Silk dyed easter eggs step 1

Raid the closet for any unused neck ties. If you don't have any on hand, most thrift stores have a good selection of ties. Make sure that every tie you choose is 100 percent silk.

allParenting Silk dyed easter eggs step 2

Cut off and remove any tags from the back of the tie, then cut the tie open along the back seam. Trim away any lining fabric, then unfold the tie.

allParenting Silk dyed easter eggs step 3

Cut a piece of silk from the tie, then wrap the egg tightly with the piece of silk. Secure the silk at 1 end with a rubber band. You should be able to wrap 2 to 3 eggs with the fabric from 1 neck tie, depending on the thickness of the tie.

allParenting Silk dyed easter eggs step 4

Next, cut a piece of plain cotton fabric and wrap it around the egg on the outside of the silk fabric. Secure the end of the cotton fabric with a rubber band.

allParenting Silk dyed easter eggs step 5

Place the eggs in the bottom of a pot, then cover the eggs with water. Add 1/3 cup white vinegar to the water, then bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and simmer the eggs for 20 minutes.

allParenting Silk dyed easter eggs step 6

Carefully remove the eggs from the water and set them in a safe place to cool. Once the eggs are cool enough to handle, you can remove the fabric to reveal the design underneath. It's so fun to see the way the different colors and patterns from the neck tie transfer to the egg!

allParenting Silk dyed easter eggs step 7

You can add a little extra shine to your Easter eggs by putting some vegetable oil on a cotton cloth and rubbing it over the outside of the egg.

NOTe^ Because the silk ties are dyed with non food grade dye, these eggs are not recommended for eating.

allParenting Silk dyed easter eggs

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