Silk Tie Dyed Eggs


I was in the store the other day and noticed a huge variety of egg dyeing kits. I'm not opposed to these kits, but am always on the lookout for creative dyeing techniques that don't come out of a box.

Silk tie dye eggs fit that bill perfectly. I first saw this technique on Martha Stewart and soon found they are a beautiful way to reuse old silk. They are mess free. And, they will "wow" anyone who sees them.


The instructions are below:

1. Wrap a piece of 100% silk around a raw egg with the pattern side toward the egg. (Make sure to use pure silk, not an imitation. You can also reuse the silk about three to five times.)

2. Wrap a piece of white cotton cloth around the already silk-wrapped egg.


3. Tie the bundle with a twist-tie and place it in a glass or enamel pan.

4. Fill a pan with enough water to cover the eggs. (FYI - According to my friend and culinary professional, Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, CMH; you shouldn't use an old aluminum pan or an old copper pan that is not lined with tin etc. Most of the aluminum pans sold today are anodized or coated inside. This process makes them nonreactive to acid foods so they are fine to use.)

5. Add 3 tablespoons to 1/4 cup vinegar to the water depending on what size pan you use.

6. Bring to a boil, simmer for 20 minutes or more, remove the eggs from the water and unwrap when cool.

As you can see, the pattern from the silk transfers onto the egg. There are sometimes runs or smudges, but they still look beautiful. In fact, my husband actually gasped the first time I used this technique.

So go ahead and try it this Easter. I'm sure you'll love it!


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