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If you’re looking for a creative way to dye Easter eggs this year, try wrapping them in silk fabric scraps for a brilliant effect!

Your egg will take on the vibrant pattern of the silk and it’s very fun and easy to experiment with different colors. The key is to use REAL silk, so I headed to my local thrift store first to check out some inexpensive ties and scarves and used the ones labeled “100% silk” just to be sure.

Silk Dyed Easter Eggs

Supplies Needed:
  • Raw Eggs (White)
  • Real Silk Fabric (Thrift Store Ties & Scarves)
  • Scraps of White Cotton Fabric
  • Twist Ties
  • White Vinegar
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Kitchen Tongs
Directions:


1.) If using silk ties, deconstruct them using scissors and then cut a piece large enough to fit around your egg. Wrap egg tightly with silk and secure with a twist tie at one end. Make sure the front side of fabric is touching the egg.


2.) Wrap a piece of white cotton around egg and secure with a twist tie. (This is to minimize any bleeding of colors.) Repeat wrapping process with the rest of eggs.


3.) Place eggs in a large pot and pour water high enough so it covers eggs completely. Add 1/4 cup white vinegar and bring water to a boil. Let simmer for 20 minutes.



4.) Transfer eggs to a colander in the sink using kitchen tongs and let cool. Remove the cotton and silk wrapping to reveal your cool design. This is the best part!


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Things to consider:
  • The designs with the boldest colors created the most dazzling eggs!
  • I’ve read that you can actually re-use your silk a couple times to dye more eggs if desired, but the effect may be more muted the 2nd time around.
  • For the white cotton scraps, consider using an old pillowcase, curtains, tablecloth, or scraps from another project.
  • You don’t have to use just ties, any silk garment or accessory would work!
  • Use your own judgment on eating the eggs afterwards as the silk dye may be different that food grade dye. Just a thought.
  • Some may prefer to first blow out the egg insides, then proceed with dying the egg shells.
  • The ugliest ties yield the best results!
What a creative and fun craft. Enjoy!

 


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 77

  1. Erika

    Wow Lina! This is an awesome idea! I’m going to try this with my kids this year. You’re so creative! Thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks enjoy!

  2. tschnyer47

    Why on earth would anyone want to waste food coloring with something that MAY BE toxic. Let’s color them and throw them away. Not to mention the kids that may start eating them before they’re taken away! Should not even be posted.

    • Susie

      I disagree. You can display them in a beautiful bow, out of reach from the children.

    • Shannon

      How do silk ties use food coloring?

      • Melissa

        Shannon, I don’t think she was referring to “food coloring” in the silk ties. I think she was saying why waste food (coloring with something that may be toxic). As in food is the noun, not coloring.

        • Shannon

          Ahh. That makes more sense. I think with kids these days it’s hard to Avoid food coloring and for something like this, very little will reach the egg.

          • Susan

            Oh my goodness. Punctuation definitely is important here! She isn’t referring to food coloring at all here. She is referring to using something to dye the eggs that is not food safe. Hence wasting food and for the potential of a child getting a hold of them. I tend to agree with the food waste, too many ppl in this world starving for my conscience to be okay with that. They are unique though.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Hi, this was meant to be a fun decorative craft or experiment. you could always blow the egg insides out first then keep your shells. It’s okay that not every idea would work for everyone. – thanks.

      • Kelly

        That’s what we do and make scrambled eggs!

  3. Erika

    tschnyer47, I plan to try this with fake, craft eggs. My kids never really eat hard-boiled eggs so they end up wasted anyway. We dye them for fun and for a cute seasonal decoration for the house.

  4. Marthere

    We always eat the eggs after dying them. I can’t bare to waste them. Very pretty tough.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks!

  5. Barb

    I would not make eggs just to leave them out to spoil and/or stink up the house for decoration.. this is unusual. My kids would be so upset I made Easter eggs they can’t even eat.

    • Amber

      They would have to be out a super long time, I mean weeks before they would stink. Eggs are good for a really long time. I have chickens, have for 27 years, an egg laid on Christmas is still good at Easter. Imagine an 85 degree coop with chicken eggs in it. They are good all day at that temp. I would not leave them there longer then that. Eggs last a lot long then the best by date. You can put an egg in warm water if it floats it’s bad, if it sinks it’s good.

      • Charmel

        You leave boiled eggs out? I don’t refrigerate my fresh eggs but once I boil it I would assume it will start stinking the same as a store egg does. I definitely would not eat a boiled egg after it sat out a day.
        I also would not use my good fresh pastured eggs for dying. I would buy the cheap white ones for dying.

        • Charmel

          Also, to clarify, you can leave farm fresh eggs out. You can not leave store bought eggs out. They have been washed which removes the protective coating and that is why you need to refrigerate eggs from the store.

          • Dan

            Depends what you wash them with, ever seen farm fresh eggs? They are covered with poop and mud fyi. Chickens that can go outside eat all the grass, unless you let them walk around your yard then a red tailed hawk will kill and eat your precious chickens.

            • Charmel

              Yes. I only use our eggs. I wash them right before I use them. If they are too gross I will wash them when I bring them in but then they have to be refrigerated.

      • Barb

        We’re talking about hard boiled eggs here, not farm fresh eggs that aren’t cooked..

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I can confirm these have been out for over two weeks and no stink. Lol
      And I realize not everyone will enjoy every craft idea. It’s ok!

      • Charmel

        Thanks Lina.

      • Laurie Moore

        I think this is very creative!!!!!

    • Alexandra

      Toxic, leaving eggs out, and wasting food…..but wait they’re pretty! 🙄

  6. A

    They are super pretty. I personally wouldn’t do it though. It’s just kind of wasteful to toss all the eggs plus destroying a silk scarf or tie.

  7. Amber

    We dye, them hide them, in the yard and the dogs help the kids find them, its funny to see egg shells from where the dogs found the eggs. I never eat the eggs we dye, we only eat the eggs from my chickens, they are brown and green so we can’t color them. We buy the cheap white ones. I don’t like food coloring, a lot of it comes from petroleum. Why eat that?

  8. Lsloan

    When did it become so dang controversial to dye eggs? It’s a fun activity for kids, period. Live and let live!

    • Melissa

      OMG how ageist! I’m an adult… why can’t I enjoy dyeing eggs?!

      Just kidding. 😛 See what I did there?!

      • ros

        Lol.

    • joni

      love this idea crazy how many negative comments are posted from a crafting idea thanks I’m going to try it in my grownup home 🙂

  9. Melissa

    I feel like the tidbit about possible toxicity should really, really be at the top of the page. I would hate for someone to accidentally overlook that part all the way towards the bottom there. Better safe than sorry, right?

    • Alli

      I agree, them being toxic should be in the title or somewhere at the very top.

    • Stefanie

      I absolutely love the idea and think it’s very cool, but I do agree that perhaps this should be something noted at the beginning so as not to be missed if people don’t read through the whole post. Not something I would’ve known otherwise. You always have wonderful ideas, Lina!

    • Shannon

      Toxicity due to maybe eating a raw egg or the dyes? One could use hard boiled eggs and natural food dyes or just know very little dye penetrates the shell.

      • Susan

        Eggs are porous once washed, which all store bought eggs would be. Most often you get tinges of color on the hard boiled egg when you dye them. So guarantee that the dye would get to the egg.

        Oh and good grief you ARE using hard boiled eggs in this craft. They are only raw when covering them in the silk. It’s the process of boiling them that causes the dye to adhere to the egg.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Hi Melissa, this is actually a very old method of dyeing eggs. I doubt it’d be a life or death situation but just wanted to point out food grade dye may be different, so use your own judgement on eating or not. Thanks

  10. Emily

    These are beautiful!! Thanks for posting Lina!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh thanks Emily! You’re welcome 👍🏻

  11. Kristy

    Great job Lina.. very creative. Ignore the rude posts

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh thanks Kristy! It’s a tough crowd tonight! Lol

      • Shannon

        Eggs with dye= tradition for so many for years. The amount of dye that reaches the egg is negligible. You’re doing a great job Lina. Keep it up and enjoy those kids of toured:

        • Susan

          Difference here? You normally dye with FOOD GRADE dye. The stuff they dye ties with is NOT.

  12. Angela V.

    Very cool! I’ve never heard of doing this before, but the results are great! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure- I thought it was neat too! Thanks Angela

  13. greta

    The post says to use raw eggs, but I was wondering if anyone knows how long you would need to heat if you were using blown out eggs?

    • sarah

      I was thinking the same thing. I know I saw a video years ago on how to empty the egg with two pin holes, one at each end, and a cup that drew the insides out. Therefore, the egg could be eaten, the shell preserved for this type of craft, and the shells could be saved from. Year to year.

  14. kerri

    My goodness, I feel so ancient !! (I’m 35 lol). When I was growing up we colored a dozen eggs… 99¢. Some were eaten, some thrown out. But my memories were looking forward to the coloring with my mom and grandmother. Geez, not a food waste, not like we made and threw out the whole Easter dinner. Times have changed I guess.

  15. kerri

    Also it is a great and unique idea. I love clicking on your craft ideas !! Thanks for posting this one.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure- enjoy!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Kerri!

  16. Lisa

    We have been dying eggs with silk ties for years. My kids each pick two or three favorites that we leave out, as part of our Easter decor. The rest go in the fridge and we eat them…. We have so much fun with this.

  17. Deb

    I remember seeing this craft on Martha Stewart’s TV show years ago. She suggested wiping the completed eggs with a cloth dipped in vegetable oil to make them shiny. What a fun idea. Thanks for reminding me of this, Lina!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh that would be pretty! Oh sure 👍

  18. Sharon

    These are BEAUTIFUL! I couldn’t pay the kids enough to eat hard boiled eggs anyway. LOL

  19. Karen

    I am definitely going to try this! I love your egg with the “telephone” design. CUTE IDEA! You put a smile on my face as I remember all the fun I had coloring eggs as a child… 😊

  20. Shannon

    I did this a few years ago and it turned out awesome!! I blew out the eggs with a baby booger sucker thing (don’t know the real name). It’s more time consuming but I save them and reuse them every year. They are just so pretty!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing 👍

  21. Shannon

    Where did you get that egg plate near the bottom of the post? I love it!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      This was from World Market, but I’ve seen them at other big box retailers too. Thanks!

  22. Han

    For those of you worried about wasting the eggs or food poisoning you can blow the egg out and make scrambled eggs. Just watch for shell. Then the dyed egg can be kept for longer. Especially the prettier ones. Just save your carton for storage.
    I have been collecting old ties for several years. The Christmas ties are some of the best. They turn out beautiful pastel colors.

  23. Lindsey

    I made these over 20 years ago with my grandma but we actually wrapped the whole thing with thread as well. Fun thing is I still have a few of the eggs! The weird thing with really old eggs is the insides harden and sound like there’s a marble in them..no strange smells or anything gross!

  24. Nina

    Yes beautiful and creative idea Lina! Not for everyone obviously but I think it’s fun and creative just for the sake of doing it.. not necessarily for eating the eggs. We never eat the dyed eggs anyway, it’s just dyeing some eggs for fun and if you’re getting stuff from the thrift store it’s all good IMO! 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Nina! 😀

  25. That Saving Mama

    Lina – We LOVE doing this every year – and seriously the ugliest ties become the best looking eggs. We shop year round at the thrift store for the perfect ties for our Easter eggs =) Keep the fun ideas coming!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      How awesome! Yes I agree! – Thanks for sharing 😀

  26. Hannah Cordell

    My aunt bought a bag of silk ties for $0.50 at a yard sale last year. We blew out the eggs and dyed them with the ties. They turned out great! Because we blew them out, I was able to save them and I have them to display this year. They are just as gorgeous as they were last year.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great idea! Thanks for sharing Hannah!

  27. Jennifer

    We did this last year and I wanted to share some tips! We went to a fabric store and purchased 1/12th of a yard of several brightly colored silks. Dark and bright colors with small patterns worked the best. Those that were yellow, ivory, pastel colors etc just didn’t turn out. Be sure to look for small patterns, an egg isn’t that big. It may be possible to boil silks more than once and get color transfer if you have the time, but the process was VERY time consuming and we only ended up making 2 dozen in around 3 hours. Be sure to have twist ties or other tools to keep the fabric pulled tight. Good luck!

    • Lina D

      Great tips! Thanks for sharing 👍

  28. Kasey

    These are beautiful!! I will definitely try them!! I think some experiments or projects are going to “waste” food and that’s ok in moderation. It’s educational and fun. My kids certainly waste enough food as it is- just being kids- that I’m not going to worry over a couple dozen eggs! We love to eat boiled eggs but honestly we hide and hunt our eggs so many times that most of them are very broken and unappetizing looking by the time we get done with our Easter fun anyway. Thanks for the great idea!!!

    • Lina D

      You’re so welcome – have Fun!

  29. Bonnie

    I use tattoos for my eggs!!!

  30. Rochelle

    Everything’s a controversy 😂 These are beautiful and I’d still eat the eggs 🤷‍♀️

    • Lina D

      Thanks so much Rochelle!

  31. Stephanie

    Hasn’t anyone ever done experiments with vinegar and baking soda with their kids? That’s basically wasting the food items….but it’s fun and neat and has an educational opportunity! What about making slime or play doh? Doesn’t that actually “waste” the ingredients, since you won’t end up keeping the finished product forever. Dyed macaroni necklace? Finger paint with pudding? How is this any different or less “wasteful”? I love the idea and have wanted to try it for years! This may just be the year! 😉

    • Lina D

      Thanks Stephanie!

  32. Kelly

    This has been on my list of things to do for years. Over the years I’ve picked up the ties at thrift stores. Love the twisty idea to keep it tight.
    Thanks for posting it!
    Any ideas about how to keep the blown out eggs under the water? (maybe I just need to make sure the holes are big enough for them to fill with water) I like to try to make them small though.

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