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Our Absolute Favorite Easter Egg Dyes


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Well, we’ve found our absolute favorite Easter egg dyes… of all time.

No tablets, no food colors, no cups, no drips, no stained fingers or clothes, no spilling—I could go on and on. But seriously, the best part about this method is that everything you need is right in your kitchen and closet…or worst case—the thrift store. Who would have thought that an old ratty, out of date silk tie could be the gorgeous answer to the annual Easter egg dying ordeal?

Your whole family is going to love this.

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How to make Silk Tie Easter Eggs:

  1. Eggs
  2. Silk ties–look for a tiny tag at the small end of the tie. It needs to say 100% silk. Seriously, this doesn’t have to cost a mint. We picked all these up at the local thrift store–for just a few bucks. The thinner the fabric the better the transfer. If you’re raiding the closet, please be sure to get your man’s permission before you start cutting things up.
  3. An old, white T-shirt–cut it into squares big enough to wrap around the eggs
  4. String
  5. 3 Tablespoons of white vinegar
  6. Pot of water
  7. Vegetable oil

Cut open the tie at the back and take out the facing fabric. All you will be working with is the actual colored silk.

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Cut the silk into pieces big enough to cover the egg.

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Wrap it around your egg. Don’t get too nutty about this step, just do the best you can.

Now, roll the egg up with the T-shirt fabric.

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The idea is to press the colored silk right up against the egg.

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Set the wrapped eggs in a pan of cold water with the vinegar mixed in. Make sure the water completely covers the eggs.

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Boil for 20-25 minutes.

Remove the eggs and allow them to completely cool.

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Now the fun part—unwrapping the eggs to see what you’ve got!

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Rub a tiny bit of vegetable oil on your masterpieces and see how pretty they look. Even the subtle ones are beautiful.

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If you’re like us–you’ll want to make a million more–because it’s so easy and there’s just no mess. You can use the fabric more than once if you’re so inclined.

Think of the possibilities!

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Silk Tie Easter Eggs.

Launi blogs at Gracious Rain.

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  1. 4-22

    COOL COOL COOL….Going to the thrift store today!!
    Dying eggs with the granny kids tommorow night! Love love love!!
    Granny Trace

  2. 4-22

    Just an FYI, the dyes used in making the ties are not food safe, so you won’t want to eat these eggs. But, they’re so pretty who would want to eat them anyway.

  3. 4-22

    Brilliant! Thanks for posting this!

  4. 4-22

    I absolutely love it

  5. 4-22

    OMG that is soo cool! Stealing it for next year.

  6. 4-22

    Another way I have dyed Easter eggs is to wrap boiled eggs in onion skins, just the brown stuff you usually throw away, wrap with string and simmer in water. They all come out in various hues of tan/brown, of course, but are in lovely mottled shades.

  7. 4-22

    Awesome! Great idea!!!

  8. 4-22

    Well I be dadgum! This is the best Easter egg dying tip I have seen in a month of Sundays…maybe two months of Sundays!

  9. 4-22

    Those are absolutely gorgeous!!

  10. 4-22

    These truly took my breath away with their unique beauty. Thank you for the post.

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