With Easter just around the corner, I thought I would share this awesome egg dying technique I found a couple years ago on the internet – using ties to dye your Easter eggs. I used a blog a long time ago when I did this myself, but cannot remember which it was. So I looked it up now and found THIS blog, which I used for reference.
You need 100% silk ties for this to work. I found most of my ties at local thrift shops for fifty cents a piece. Just make sure to check the label for silk! You can also use any other type of patterned silk.
Usually, darker colors work better than lighter colors.
Step one is to deconstruct to tie to separate the silk from the rest of the tie. Some scissors should do the trick. Next, cut a square or piece large enough to completely cover the egg, with some excess. Wrap the printed side of the tie towards the egg shell. Make sure to wrap the tie as tight as you can around the egg without breaking it. Once it is wrapped, tie with string or twisty tie, or whatever works.
Take note, the opposite side of where you place the tie is the part of the egg that will have the clearest pattern. After this, you need to wrap the eggs in another old piece of fabric. Anything will do, such as an old pillowcase or old t-shirt – something light colored and light weight. Wrap the silk covered eggs in the same fashion with the other piece of fabric.
Put the eggs in a pot and cover them with water. Then, add 1/4 cup of vinegar and bring to a boil. Boil for about 20 minutes and then remove to dry and cool. Once eggs are cool, you can unwrap them!
My results were more water colored looking than anything, but I realized that was because I had a lot of creases. I still loved the look though!