DIY: Silk Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs

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Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs

Photo courtesy of Audrey Forrest

Put a fresh spin on dyeing Easter eggs with old patterned ties. Here’s the rundown:

  1. Search your closet for some cheap patterned ties. They must be 100% silk, so check the label to make sure they aren’t polyester. Try an assortment of patterns and colors.
  2. Deconstruct the tie. Snip the seams and remove the lining so you’re left with just the silk.
  3. Cut a piece large enough to cover an egg. Wrap the egg tightly so the printed side (that would be on the outside of the tie) makes contact with the egg. Once wrapped, secure with a twist tie. Repeat with more eggs, using the same or different tie patterns.
  4. Wrap the eggs again with a light-colored, lightweight piece of fabric, such as an old pillowcase or sheet.
  5. Place the wrapped eggs in a single layer in a pot (do not stack), and cover with water. Add ¼ cup white vinegar, and bring to a boil. After 20 minutes, carefully remove the eggs with a spoon; let cool. Once cool, remove the fabric.

Editor’s note: This is a craft project and not meant for human consumption.


  1. Carol

    March 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    About 10 plus years ago, I bought some of these eggs at a craft show and have kept them displayed all these years. They do not smell and rattle a bit inside. Also, they looked as if they were varnished…….not oiled. Would boiling them longer make them last for a long period of time?? The crafter shared her recipe, but it is long lost.

  2. Mary M

    April 1, 2015 at 8:33 am

    We have some silk ties at our thrift store in Chattanooga. If you’re nearby, come check us out. Wally’s Friends Thrift Store.
    There’s not much demand for ties, so this would be a neat re-use for the vintage patterns.

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