Servings: as many as you'd likeCook Time: 20-25 min
- 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.
- An old, white T-shirt–cut it into squares big enough to wrap around the eggs
- 3 Tablespoons of white vinegar
- Pot of water
- 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.
Cut the silk into pieces big enough to cover the egg.
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.
Set the wrapped eggs in a pan of cold water with the vinegar mixed in. Make sure the water completely covers the eggs.
Boil for 20-25 minutes.
Remove the eggs and allow them to completely cool.
Now the fun part—unwrapping the eggs to see what you’ve got!
Rub a tiny bit of vegetable on your masterpieces and see how pretty they look. Even the subtle ones are beautiful.
Categories: Appetizers & Snacks, Holiday, Kid-Friendly, Presentation, Tips & Tricks
Submitted by: akalauni on April 22, 2011
I LOVE this technique. We just did them today and they turned out exactly as described and are really beautiful.
On April 23, 2011 at 6:52 pm
Laura davis says:
This is a great idea and one I plan to try once Valentines Day has passed! While this is the first time I have seen the silk tie idea, I have seen a similar “technique” that may be of service here. The one I saw used small pieces of ferns and the wrap of choice was panty hose or knee highs. They knotted one end of the hose and placed the egg inside, then cut the hose leaving enough excess to wrap suggly around the egg and tie off after placing the small bits of ferns, daisy petals etc. inside. They then rubberbanded the hose tightly to the eggs and dyed them pastel blues and greens. Also very lovely. I am thinking the panty hose might help secure the ties with needing the string and T-shirt squares, or if it’s a case of the dyes bleeding, then using the hose instead of string. Just a thought. I will find out because I intend to try this for sure.
On February 2, 2012 at 10:19 am
I am planning on doing this with my grandchildren this year and have already made the trip to the Thrift Stores. Not as cheap as I had hoped but I am committed. Just wanted to day that I read a blog online that states that they are not good to eat as the silk dyes are not food grade dyes so best to blow out the eggs before dying (and enjoy some scrambled eggs or baking. this woman had called several official sources to get their opinion and they all pretty much said you should not eat them after dying this way. Happy Easter.
On April 6, 2014 at 2:10 pm