Silk Dyed Easter Eggs

eggs 001When I came across this idea I could not wait and ran out to Good Will to get me some ties.  Literally.

http://www.marthastewart.com/269788/silk-tie-easter-eggs

As Martha states you have to use 100% silk.  You could use ties, scarf’s and I even found an old silk shirt of mine that’s in my bag of “I love this fabric…maybe I’ll make a pillow out of it someday”.    Am I the only one that does that?

If using ties pull/cut them apart but keep the inside fabric (this is what I used it for).

Use the largest part of the tie and cut enough so it covers the egg and twisty it up – printed side of the silk facing the egg.

Do the same process with a piece of white cloth.  Any old cloth will do such as a kitchen towel or pillow case.

Put your eggs in a pot with water and 3 tablespoons of white vinegar (I used a little bit more) bringing it to a boil for 20 minutes (longer if you plan on eating them).  

If you are using blown out eggs (click for directions) you will need to cover them with a strainer so they will stay under the water.  I didn’t have one that was heavy enough so I put rocks on top of mine and I actually used a steamer. 

After 20 minutes of boiling take them out of the water and let them completely cool.  They are so beautiful you will be amazed.  I like to use the blown out eggs so I can keep them forever.

Here are a few of my masterpieces.

Rub with some vegetable oil for a glossy look.

Let me know how yours turn out!

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