Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuestorial: Silk Dye Eggs

If you are looking for a fun and different way to decorate your Easter eggs this year, I have your answer! Dying eggs with silk creates detailed and fun designs that you will be proud to display. Bonus: less mess and clean up than traditional methods!

Ready to rock n' roll

Materials Needed:
  • Silk from old men’s ties (can always be found at thrift stores for a dollar or less!), scarves or FabMo/S.C.R.A.P. finds
  • Plain white/off-white scrap fabric
  • Eggs
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • Large pot
  • Scissors
  • Twist ties (rubber bands are a no-no since they don’t like boiling water)

Step 1:

Make sure your eggs are room temperature. If you are using a men’s tie, cut off all lining so you are just using the silk. Dark colors and bold patterns work best for this method. Grab several different designs to play with!

Only the best for this egg
Step 2:

Roll the “good side” of the silk you selected around an egg (any folds or lines around the egg will show). Make sure it’s as secure around the egg as possible. Cut off any access fabric around the egg and tie as tight as possible with a twist tie.

Ready for it's steam bath
Step 3:

Take your plain white fabric and repeat step 2 around the silk. This helps keep the silk fabric as close to the egg as possible and from any colors bleeding into the water onto other eggs. Essentially, it prevents egg dying disasters.

You still get the vinegar smell!
Bathing Beauties 
Step 4:

Fill your pot with water and add 1 cup of vinegar. Gently place your wrapped eggs in the water, making sure they are completely submerged. Turn your burner on to high and keep covered for 20 minutes. You want the eggs in boiling water for the majority of that time.

Egg Dumplings!
Test run showing the design and some folds
Step 5:

Once the 20 minutes are up, remove the eggs with tongs and place on a towel. Let them cool for 20-30 minutes before handling. Once cool, gently unwrap the twist ties to reveal your masterpiece. Some dyes can rub off easily so be careful not to handle your eggs too much before they completely dry. Unfortunately, the only down side to this method is you can’t eat the eggs. But who would want to after seeing how pretty they turn out to be?

Happy Easter!

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Charlene Lundgren said...

Love the bathing beauty theme. Thank you for this.
Maybe I can post a Tuestorial on easter bonnets. I am making some out of placemats. and you wouldn’t believe how cool and retro some of them look…..
Love the sharing. Thank you.

lorna said...

we did this one year with ties from goodwill. old ties in hot vinegar water is a DISASTER smell in the house. my tip, open the windows and get the fans if you're using thrift shop silk. better yet, get a few yards of super pretty silk from a fabric store.

SinceSass said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Lorna! That is good tip.

Charlene, email me at sincesass@gmail.com and we can discuss a guest blog post for Tuestorial!

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