Dyeing Easter Eggs With Neck Tie Silk - The Magic Onions

Dyeing Easter Eggs With Neck Tie Silk


We dye some eggs like this every Easter and it is always such an excitement to see how they are going to turn out. First, we visit a thrift store and stock up on a number of bright and colorful silk neck ties (they usually only cost us a dollar or two). They need to be 100% silk.

When we get home, we cut them up into sizes big enough to cover an egg. We take some white eggs out of the fridge and blow the yolks out of them using this method.

We wrap our cleaned out eggs in the scraps of silk from our ties. And use a rubber band to secure them tightly.

We wrap them in an old stocking. Again, a rubber band secures the egg tightly inside the stocking. 

In the past we have noticed that our hollow eggs (which are filled with air) won’t submerge in the boiling water, so now we put a few golf balls into the stockings too, to weight them down when they are in the water.

Pop the golf balls into the stocking and tie a knot.

Place your eggs (and golf balls :) into a pot of boiling water (with 2 tablespoons of vinegar added) and let them simmer for 20 minutes. Allow them to cool and unwrap… you will be amazed at the pretty designs that have been transferred onto your eggs!

Each unwrapping is more fun than the last and you will have a bowl of pretty Easter eggs each with a more intricate design than the last. Have a look here to see our silk dyed Easter eggs from last year.

Happy Easter Crafting,
Blessings and magic,

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. beautiful! looks like I will be in the market for some silk ties my next thrift store trip :)

  2. Oh thank you thank you, I needed something fun to do with the kiddos that we haven’t done before!

  3. Anonymous says:

    do the egg shells have to be empty or can you do it to an egg that is still intact? Thanks in adance, Shavaun

  4. This is so neat! I haven’t ever seen it before. Thanks for sharing. :)

  5. Hi, I’m so glad you guys are going to give this a try… it might be our favorite and most exciting Easter craft :-)
    @ Shavaun, it will work with raw or hard boiled egg shells too… but I’d be reluctant to eat them as we dont know what kinds of chemicals they have used in dyeing the silk neck ties. Hope this helps :-)

  6. Beautiful! I’d love to see a few more photos of ‘finished’ eggs. That is such a neat way to decorate Easter eggs!


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