Silk-Dyed Eggs {aka TIE-Dyed!}

CATEGORIES: Easter, Holiday Crafts, Sara

I posted this tutorial a few years ago and it has become somewhat of a tradition to bring it back every year!  One of our family Easter traditions is dying eggs with pieces of silk. I saw a cute lady show Martha how to do it a few years ago and I ran upstairs right then to steal a tie! It’s way cooler than those cups of neon liquid that end up all over your clothes, your furniture and your hands plus it gives you an excuse to rid a man’s closet of ugly ties.

Here’s the run-down:

You need 100% silk for this to work. Make sure to check the labels to make sure you’re not buying polyester, which can look similar. I grab old ties at the thrift store where they’re usually pretty cheap. And remember: when it comes to ties, you may not want ugly ones on your man, but ugly ties do make pretty eggs! You could also use silk from an old blouse, a scarf, or whatever.  So if you’re rummaging through a thrift store, check out some other areas as well.

I try to find an assortment of colors and patterns. Usually dark blues, purples, and reds work the best, but it’s fun to experiment with all kinds of things. The interesting thing is that you never know how much of the color and pattern will transfer to the eggs. Sometimes ties I think will be awesome really disappoint, and ones I didn’t think much of make the most beautiful eggs. Here’s some of the ties I grabbed from my local thrift store:

Usually it will tell you if it’s 100% silk right on the main label of the tie, but a lot of them don’t, and if that’s the case, check that little tiny end, it’s usually hiding there.

The first step is to deconstruct the tie. Snip the seams and remove the lining so you are just left with the silk. (And yes, this old Christian Dior tie, which I love, was only 50 cents at the thrift store!  If it was a skirt, I would totally wear it.  I have gotten many angry comments about the fact that I destroyed a Christian Dior tie.  Honestly, for 50 cents I really don’t care who’s name is on it.  Get over it, people!)

Next you cut a piece large enough to cover an egg. Wrap the egg with the right side of the fabric making contact with the egg. The right side is the printed side, or the side that would be on the outside of the tie. You want to try to wrap the fabric as tight as you can without breaking the egg of course. The more direct contact the silk has with the egg shell the clearer the imprint of the pattern. Where there are folds in the fabric you’ll get kind of a swirly water color effect. I love those parts- it adds to the charm. Once wrapped, tie with a piece of string or a twisty tie. (Do yourself a favor and go with the twisty tie!)

Now, notice how I tied the eggs in the above photo- with the tie on the top of the long side of the egg.  If you do this, the opposite end of the egg will have the best pattern.  If you are going to be sitting the eggs upright in an egg cup, this is the best way to wrap them.

However, if you want the best part of the design on the wide side of the egg, you’ll want to wrap them horizontally, like this:

Just wrap them as smoothly and tightly as you can for the best transfer.

I wish eggs came like this at the grocery store.  I would probably buy a lot more eggs if they were dressed up in their silky best.

After the eggs are wrapped in silk, you’re going to wrap them again with a light colored light weight piece of fabric. An old pillowcase, sheet, or thin dish cloth is perfect. If you go to the thrift store to get ties, you may want to grab a pillowcase too. Otherwise you might get impatient at home and just take one from your kid’s room. Don’t tell my husband I did that.

Put all those little guys in a pot and cover them with water. Add 1/4 C vinegar and bring it to a boil. After about 20 minutes you can remove the eggs and set them in a colander or on a towel to dry and cool. Once they’re cool enough to handle you can remove the fabric.

This is my favorite part.
I get so antsy waiting for them to cool. It’s always a surprise to see what went on in that little package.

Below are some of my results. I have to say that the first one is probably my favorite egg of all the ones I’ve ever done. I can’t believe how clearly those flowers transferred and how bold the colors turned out. Incredible!

Here are some older photos, but still fun to look at.  I absolutely love the cool stripy, swirly thing going on in this one

This is one of the disappointments I talked about. I was so excited for a green tie and I thought the pattern was cool (ya know, for an egg) but it turned out super light and muted. Still pretty though, kind of like water colors.

I almost didn’t buy this blue tie because it looked boring, but I’m glad I did. Remember: bad ties make good eggs!

Try this out and let me know how it goes. Everyone will wonder how on earth you did it! Just tell them you’re a genius.  Or give them our website.  Your choice.

Here you can see the opposite sides of where I tied the silk, they get kind of a swirly watercolor look:

And here are the sides where the silk made the most contact:

If you want to add a little shine, just put a little vegetable oil on a paper down and give them a light rub.


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*Frequently Asked Questions*

Do I wrap uncooked or hardboiled eggs in silk?
Do not wrap up hard-boiled eggs.  Just regular un-cooked eggs from the fridge!

Can you eat the eggs?

Since you don’t know what kinds of dyes are used to color the fabrics, and chances are they aren’t food-safe, we don’t recommend eating the eggs. 

Can you make these with blown eggs so you can save them?
Yes!  Click here for a tutorial on how to blow out eggs, and also turn them into hanging ornaments.   Instructions on how to do silk-dyed eggs with blown out eggs are found in that post.

Will this process work with wooden or ceramic eggs?
Honestly, I did not know there was such a thing until everyone left comments asking about it on this post!  Readers who have tried this have reported it does not work very well with wooden eggs.

Do I have to wrap the eggs in the plain fabric after the silk?
I think it does help keep the colors in there next to the egg and therefore make them more vibrant, but if you want to try skipping that step- chances are it will still work just fine.

Does the silk have to be from a neck tie?
Nope!  Anything that’s 100% silk.  A tie, a scarf, a blouse, etc.

Can you re-use the pieces of silk once you use them to dye an egg?
You can, but the colors will fade a little more each time.


  1. These turned out great, Sara. I love the paisley one! I still want to try this with blown eggs so they could be reused. Do you think you would be able to wrap them tight enough if they were empty without breaking them? If it worked, I would fill them with chocolate and give them away!

    1. I have made these for several years and I blow out the eggs. It makes them much more fragile to be hollow, but filling them with chocolate would definitely firm them up again…LOVE that idea btw! It is kinda crazy, I have all the same ties except the pale green one!!!

  2. I am totally trying this tomorrow. I can’t wait. Also, thanks becca for the additional ideas… I bet you could wrap them and die them straight from the fridge and then drain them after. Such a great Idea to chocolate fill them. I love this blog!!!!!

  3. Oh Lisa, I forgot to put this in the instructions, but one rule applies: The freakier the tie, the prettier the egg! (Too bad that doesn’t apply to guys as well, lol)

  4. I just did my first batch as a test run, and the tie I sacrificed had a fairly large print. Also, I apparently didn’t put the silk tight enough around the egg, but they came out absolutely beautiful. My dyed eggs look very … geological, like some sort of desert stone that’s been tumbled and polished.


  5. Amazing!
    And I just drove past the thrift store a not 20 minutes ago, wondering if there was anything I needed to pop in and check for. Now I know.

  6. These are absolutely beautiful–now I have another excuse to hit up Goodwill this weekend! I will post pics for sure if it all works out well with my eggs. Thanx so much for sharing! =)

  7. Beautiful! I’ve always wanted to try it. I’m glad to see they turn out well when “real people” make them and not just Martha! =)

  8. Wow, those are amazing! I’ve never heard of such a thing but I can’t wait to try it. My kids will think it’s so cool.

  9. Wow! Those look great! So do you wrap them with the ties when they’re still raw, or do you wrap boiled ones and end up boiling them twice?

  10. Katie- You wrap raw eggs. First with the silk and then the fabric goes right over it. Then it’s boiled, so just boiled once.

    Melissa- You can use the tie more than once, but it loses a lot of it’s potency after the first die so I usually just toss them. You can get a lot more use out of the left-over ties though by sewing the scraps together to make a new piece of fabric

  11. Wow! I’m not a crafty person at all and I really want to try this. They are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. My kids are grown and I still love coloring eggs, this will be a perfect project for me.

  12. OMG! Where were you 20 years ago when I had to help a little 1 die Easter Eggs?! These are BRILLIANT! Thank you for sharing your idea & pictures

  13. This is way too brilliant! I posted a link on my edible crafts column (again) at Thanks for sharing the aforementioned brilliance! meaghan

  14. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and what a great idea! I can’t wait to ask my husband to clean out his tie rack 😉

  15. wow.. I am just totally blown away by how cool these are! I have not an inch of silk in the house.. it’s NOT FAIR! I am going to have to hit up the thrift store this weekend.. for sure!

    Thanks for sharing!

  16. That is the COOLEST thing I’ve ever seen for egg dye! I can’t wait to try it! My father in law has a whole closet full of horrid ties that will go nicely (evil laughter…especially because he’s out of town at the moment and won’t even know…)

  17. I host an egg-decorating party each year for friends and family. An hour after I read this, I was at Goodwill, excitedly scanning tie labels to find the silk one!
    I can’t wait for everyone to try this, thanks so much for the idea!

  18. Wow! You guys have really grown!! 58 comments? Whew!! That is awesome and so is your site! I love it! I’ve never seen this done before! Way cute!

  19. Those are the coolest eggs EVER! I’m going to try these…maybe I’ll even try it with blown out eggs (I need to update my Easter tree).

  20. Very clever and such cool eggs. In the past I’ve used various flowers and plants secured to the eggs with a little oil and a stocking, so when I tried it, I slipped the tie covered egg into the toe end of a stocking and tied the top closed. Worked perfectly. And the stocking is easy to use again and again.

    Thanks for a great idea.

  21. Oh, wow! This is my fist time dropping by and I will totally be back. These are amazing! I’m gonna be my daughters hero. She will love it.

  22. These are great! We have “Ropa
    Americana” that always has a huge selection of ugly ties, the missionaries have a heyday! I am actually excited about coloring eggs this year, now if we can find white eggs it will be great.

  23. These are great does any of the dye transfer to the fabric? If so it would be great to use the tie dyed fabric for embroidering and embellishing other east projects.

  24. Hi Jane,

    You know, I think the dye transfer depends on the fabric (both the tie and the plain fabric) that you use, but generally it doesn’t transfer too much. It’s more of splotchy color, like tie-dye, but not as much of the actual pattern from the silk. That’s just my experience with the fabrics I always use though. Try it and see what ya get!

  25. Sarah-
    A stainless steel pot works just fine. I think the big thing is that you want to avoid aluminum which like, explodes or something when combined with vinegar, lol. But I use a stainless steel pot all the time for these and it works great.

  26. Great idea for Easter eggs, I think they’re gorgeous. I ran into the floating blown egg problem when I tried my first test batch today. I placed a metal colander on top to hold them down they turned out great, you’ll just have to blow the water out once they’re cooled and unwrapped. The eggs turned out so nice, I’m really excited to make them with my family this weekend.

  27. I have a question. Is the slow cooling process part of the trick to getting beautiful eggs? I have always taken my hot eggs and run them under cold water. Not only does this speed up the cooling process- it makes the eggs much easier to peel. I just worry that doing this will ruin the effect. Any idea?

  28. Pam, the cooling makes no difference. But these eggs aren’t for eating, they’re just for looking pretty. If they were for eating I wouldn’t boil them for 20 minutes! You *can* eat them, I have before, but you really don’t know if the silk dye is food safe so you may want to stay away from that. If you do want to peel them, you can totally plunge them in ice water to stop the cooking process, and even cut down the boiling time a few minutes so they aren’t over cooked. Hope that helps!

  29. ok…I am going to try making them tonight with blown eggs. I am starting out with a dozen. I cant wait to see if they turn out. I will email you pictures of what happens.

  30. Wow, I’m glad I came over here and read about not eating the eggs. I bought the kit and can’t wait to get started, but I might try the blown eggs instead to avoid any issues with them being eaten.

    Now to look up a refresher on blowing eggs!

    If it works for me, I’ll definitely be checking out the thrift stores for silk ties and scarves!

  31. Bizzymama–I would use white eggs just because you never know how the colors are going to transfer; some of them are very bright and vibrant and others are more muted, so you might lose some of the details if you used brown eggs.

    Either way, let us see some pics when you’re done! 🙂

  32. Made these today. WOW. I love how they turned out. I have 3 little girls and with each egg we unwrapped there was lots of oooh’ing and aaaah’ing and squeals and yes, even high fives. What a FUN project. My 6-year old put it best: I LOVE the person who thought of this. Me too! You have inspired a new tradition. A million thanks.

    (I came by way of Brenda a.k.a. Secret Agent Josephine)

  33. Just in case someone might be making them tomorrow, I used zip ties to tie my silk and fabric on. It helps because you can use your hands and your teeth to get it tight.

  34. I saw this last year & thought it would be cool to try. I'm currently boiling my first batch! I hope at least one turns out as gorgeous as yours.

    Oh & I bought some 100% silk scarves at the thrift store to use. It gave me less variety, but 1 scarf goes a long way. I ended up using 2 ties and parts of 3 different scarves.

  35. What a great idea – shame I read this too late for this year but I have saved the notes. Much more exciting than drawing with felt tips. Our tradition here is to have an egg-rolling competition after judging the decorated eggs, so no need to worry about not using food dyes (so long as it does not poison the animals who clear up the broken eggs).

  36. I tried these and they worked…sort of…not nearly as nice as sara’s though. Like others, I got the idea to use stocking material to keep the silk in contact with the egg. I got much better results doing that. Also, I found that if the egg is slightly damp the silk will adhere to it better until you get the stocking and pillowcase on to hold it in place. I found too that if you unwrap it too soon, you don’t as good a transfer as you do if you leave the silk and the stocking on till it is dry. Thanks for this great project!

  37. Such a great idea! To do the blown out eggs I used wax from a melting candle and sealed the pin holes nad then dyed the eggs. Then when they are all done you can just melt the wax off the little holes and not have to worry about blowing water out of the egg. 🙂

    1. How in the world do you keep the wac you covered the pin hole with from melting when you have it in hot water for 20 min.???

  38. Hmmm…wondering if this would work with ceramic eggs… I got some great plain white ceramic eggs to make "faux" easter eggs with and may just have to try this… If it works will let you know!

  39. Sara, just experimented with three, not so good. One didn't even transfer(pink tie), the other two barely. I wonder what I did wrong? Add the vinegar and boiled for 20 minutes. I will keep trying.

  40. I'm guessing you wrap uncooked eggs? This is longer than I usually hard boil eggs, so are they still eatable? I do think they are amazing looking and can't wait to try!

  41. Becky- yes, you're wrapping uncooked eggs. I don't usually eat these ones because I'm not sure of the safety of the dyes so I boil them extra long to get the best color! You can also dye blown eggs if you want to save the insides 🙂

  42. OMGSH,
    I am so EGG-cited to try these tonight when I get home.

    I am amazed!
    They are just beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  43. Amber
    Thanks for the zip tie suggestion.
    I just happen to have some in a tool box that my Ex left for me. LOL!

    And I am also going to try the stocking.
    Wish me luck.
    ON to try #4

  44. Ok, my results… Does NOT work with ceramic eggs… just didn't transfer at all. But I did dye 9 eggs using this technique with mixed success. Of course the one egg that came out the best was the one of the 9 that broke while boiling 🙁 But you can see my results on Facebook here: Facebook Eggs
    Thanks so much for the technique!

  45. I have a question… says to bring to a boil and leave for 20 minutes. Am I boiling for 20 minutes or bringing to a boil and then simmering for 20? Sorry, I need explicit directions.

  46. I went to goodwill and bought two 100% silk dresses in the old ladies dept. I've attempted to dye two batches of blown eggs with little success. I'm using a metal colander to keep the eggs submerged. I just noticed the tip to use nylons to keep the silk tightly pressed against the egg, and I believe that might help. However, I do have one question: What is the purpose of the vinegar? I'm using apple cider vinegar. Should I use white vinegar? Does it matter what kind is used?

    I'm going to try one more time in the morning. Any helpful hints would be great, as I'm hoping to use this craft with my scouts this week. We'll then turn around and bless a shut-in or nursing home with the beautiful basket full of eggs! (…hopefully!)

  47. Nshep- honestly it's not an exact science. Once the water boils, leave them in for 20 minutes. They're probably done after 15 even, I just leave them in a little longer to make sure they're nice and dyed!

    holly- hmm..if you're having problems then maybe try regular vinegar and not apple cider. I don't know what else could be the problem unless the silk dress for some reason doesn't have as much dye in it? It should work just fine though- so try the vinegar and see if that helps!

  48. I just tried it with silk SHIRTS (same price as the ties at the thrift shop, and a lot more fabric) and it worked great (see here.) I just wrapped raw eggs and hardboiled them as we usually do but with the 1/4c of vinegar.

    thanks so much for the detailed instructions and the great photos that motivated me to actually try it!

  49. wow! these are so neat. I will add these to my list of ways to dye eggs tomorrow along with pysanky eggs… now I just have to find some ties since my hubby doesnt wear them.

  50. I bought a very light silk shirt and it didn't dye as vibrant as the ties. I use the rubber bands that are around our daily newspaper. they get it quite tight and then I just snip them off. Didn't realize how popular this was until I went to Goodwill to look for ties and they said they had been snapped up for weeks for this purpose. Will start now for next year.

  51. Just a thought…..
    I read an article on onion dyed eggs and you have to use blown eggs. The instructions say to suck some water into the blown eggs to weigh them down so they don't float during the dyeing process. For those of you that would like to try this with blown eggs this might work. Please post your results if you try this!

  52. I just discovered your blog today. So many cool recipes and ideas. The silk egg idea is really cool. I sure wish I could still celebrate holidays so I could do neat things like this.

  53. And here I thought I was cool, with my wax crayon and my Paas dye!

    I can't wait to try this. I might not even wait until next year. Thanks for sharing this!

  54. i followed your directions and did these as a group project with a middle-school special education class right before easter and it was a hit. the kids had so much fun unwrapping the eggs to see how they turned out… it was a noisy crowd, all shouting "WOW", "LOOK AT THIS!" "THIS IS THE BEST ONE!"… i'll be doing this again every year, thanks for the great step by step directions…

  55. Can anyone tell me how long these beauties will last. Hard boiled eggs, not blown out. In other words, how much before Easter can I make these gorgous things? Thanks.

    1. I have some I did over a year ago… not blown. I stored them in an open egg box in a drawer, not sealed. No odor or change to color, just don’t let anyone try to eat them😳

  56. Oh how pretty. And I have a huge box of ties I have been collecting to do a tree skirt out of. I just may have to sneak a few out and amaze my family at my talent.

  57. If you covered them in polyurethane it would make them really glossy you could keep them indefinitely, at least if they’re blown out (In theory you’re supposed to be able to cover unblown eggs and they’re supposed to be fine, but my niece who is an avid pysanky doer had one explode once, and it was evidently a traumatic experience for the whole family).

  58. tried these out last night and they turned out AMAZING! blew the eggs out first so that we could just save the shells and the eggs wouldn’t spoil. only problem was, the eggs floated and we had to weigh them down in the pot by putting a plate over the top.

    the paisley and polka dot ties that we found were the favorites, as well as a deep blue tie that transferred pretty well. we are thinking of tying them up with ribbon to display them, or one of the girls also mentioned that it is a tradition to fill them with glitter and crack them over people’s heads!

  59. The thrift store had some great ties…Eventhough I pulled a couple out for my husband I still felt a little bad about ripping up great ties. They turned out really nice. I forgot the vinegar but then added it at the end and let them sit in the water for awhile. They turned out! I did have some streaking but still nice…and very different.

  60. One of my fancy eggs got to the White House in 2007 – they have the famous egg roll outdoors but many do not know there is a delicate display of one from each State INDOORS at the White House or the Visitors Center. I thought I knew ALLL the neat things to do with an egg…but this is a nice idea. Will try it. My lovely daughter has a broken engagement..we could use his ties. 😀

  61. I thought this was brilliant! I used some of my great-grandpas old “banker” ties and tried it. I didnt get the result that you did but I only tested 3 eggs and I think I had bad ties…they came out as a pale design, but I am definitely going to try this again, with some different ties!

  62. Wow!! Amazing eggs!! Loved learning the secret on how to dye these so I wanted to thank you for sharing. Easter is now over but I can’t wait to try the technique next year and looking on the plusside of things, I will have a whole year to collect silk ties!!
    Greetings from Sweden

  63. I’ve never heard of this technique. Thanks so much! I can hardly wait to get to the thrift store to look for ties.

  64. I have done something similar and have kept the eggs for years. If there are no cracks there is no smell. The inside will shrink and it will sound like a marble rolling inside.

  65. We tried this last year but half-way through boiling them we decided to hurry up and leave for a baseball game. My husband got all the kids in the car while I waited for the eggs to finish boiling, then I just dumped them all in the sink and let them cool for about 6 hours while we were gone. They all turned out kind of like your green watercolory (it’s totally a word) egg and we were disappointed not to have any with really great, definite patterns. We will try it again this year on a day when we can stay home for the whole process and see if it works better. Thanks for the reminder!

  66. Love, love, love this idea! My friend introduced me to your website and I have been enjoying your posts. I need to tell my sister about this website. Keep it up ladies, you are truly domestic goddesses!

  67. amazing idea. you’re a genius. also. probably sure you live by me. or at least went to the thrift store over in my area. mainly because i’m pretty sure those were all my hubby’s ties at one point or another. woot!

  68. I made these last year with hallowed out eggs, like the ones for confetti. The inside actually got died too. I wish I would have taken some pictures of them but, they were smashed in the confetti egg fight.

    I am making them again this year. Thank you ladies for another great idea!

  69. Love love love yall and your ideas, but last few emails from OBB have been particularly sluggish in loading due to the pinterest linkage. Has anyone else suffered this delay?

  70. Oh.My.Gosh! That is the coolest thing I have ever seen. I can’t wait to cut apart every tie in the house. Especially the Tabasco tie my husband wears in the evening of the first Saturday in April and October. I guess I need to get cutting. That’s next weekend!

  71. You have got to be kidding me!!! This is the most awesome thing I have seen in a long time. Oh boy – I can not wait to do this! Hope my husband does not notice some of his ties missing!!

  72. I found a few character ties that were silk and did a Mickey Mouse Egg. It was AWESOME. Came out perfectly and the kid thought I was amazing. There are endless possibilities. I’d say check goodwill a few times a year and see what they’ve got.

  73. So although I have no intentions to dye eggs for Easter, I did want to comment that this is such a neat way to color eggs. I love your blogsite!!

  74. This is amazing! I would love to do this with some friends, but they are vegan, do you have any alternatives that will dye well with this method? Thank you!

  75. This might not be practical but what if you took the material and sewed it into a tube that is wide enough to fit the egg and then either tie the ends shut or sew the ends, that way the egg would get more of the print.

  76. REALLY!!!! I want to leave work NOW, go thrifting and do this!

    I’ve been trying to think of Easter banner style things to make, and your blown out silk eggs are going to be PERFECT!

    Excellent idea & great tutorial

  77. I have to say, for destroying a piece of fashion history the Dior egg didn’t even turn out that well…oh, well.

  78. Thanks Sara! I saw this last year but just got around to doing it today. Wow, so easy, great results, I looked like a hero!
    Great Blog Post & Great Blog!

  79. Where I live we don’t celebrate Easter with eggs or the Easter Bunny or anything, but after taking a look at this craft I wish we did!! Beautiful!!

  80. Thank you so much for sharing the egg dyeing article…..They are really gorgeous and i will be in my closet cutting up old silk thing I never wear any longer – also hunting down ties in the Thrift stores…….Such fun……Ciao

  81. SOOO can’t wait to see mine! Prep took some time but they are simmering now! Thanks for sharing this! Fingers crossed for an awesome result!

  82. Ever since you posted this the first time a few yrs ago, I have had silk-dyed eggs for Easter. I can’t imagine doing them any other way now. Thanks!!!

  83. I wrapped mine like a tootsie roll. It worked really well… i guess because you’re gathering less fabric. Little to no white showing.

  84. OMG, the kids and I just made these and they are by far are the coolest eggs I’ve ever dyed! Wow! And the ugliest ties made the prettiest eggs – hands down. I’m going to follow the suggestion to sew the remaining tie fabric together so I can do more. And I’m seriously considering blowing some eggs, buying more red and green ties and making eggs ornaments as gifts for Christmas. Heading to ebay now to price a “lot” of silk ties 🙂

    1. I really want to do these with my kids for Easter but your idea to make Christmas ornaments is awesome!! Would love to do that as well!! 🙂

  85. Trying this with eggs your kids will eat may be toxic. This sounds like an awesome idea for a centerpiece, but please do not eat. I did a little research because I was going to try this myself.

    1. Christina, it’s clearly stated in the post that the eggs are purely for decoration and not for eating. Have fun with them!

  86. Went to Salvation Army and got some ties for cheap. I’ve only tried out a couple of the patterns, but I found the darker the silk, the better result. It’s such a fun project, and I was so anxious to see how they turned out.

  87. I did it truned out. one suggestion, give yourself plenty of time. I did 6 eggs after 6:30 pm. was exhausted by 8, so earlier in the day would be the best. Glad i didn’t go for a doz!( of course after working I wnt to the trhift shop which took time, cooked supper, dyed the eggs, a typical mother’s day.

  88. I really didn’t expect this to be so easy! You know, you see things in blogs and think, “Oh, I can do that!”, then you try it, and it turns out terrible? SO NOT THE CASE! We were so excited to unwrap our little eggies to see how they turned out, and we were happily surprised with every single one! It was so easy and exciting we did it with the neighbor’s daughter today, just in time for Easter! We went to our local Goodwill and bought every silk tie they had, and only spent about $7 on the entire project! 🙂 You better believe I’ll be keeping my eye out for good silks for next year 😉

  89. These are by far the most beautiful eggs I have ever seen but I am a bit confused why you would waste time dying them if they cannot be eaten? 🙁

    1. You can certainly eat them, just remove the eggs before-hand and get cooking. It’s a fun and artistic project regardless of what you do with the eggs.

      1. So how long would you cook them for, and how long would you wait before you un-wrapped them. If we wanted to actually eat the eggs.

  90. I LOVE this. We tried it last year and it worked great. It, also, works if you blow the eggs out and then tie the silk around them, etc. You can keep them for a long time afterwards, this way. I am agian doing it this year, LOVE IT

  91. That is amazing!! I might skip the thrift store and just raid my husband’s tie collection . . .. so much easier that way. Do you think he’d notice?? lol!
    Oh, Goodwill! Here we come!!! Great post!

  92. I had 4 different ties, nothing very Easter-y, though, in fact, all had a blue theme. 2 came out nice and dark, richly colored, 2 were more muted, more marble-y looking. Still, all were very cool, great for Easter decoration. Thanks for posting!

  93. I just tried this and my eggs turned out wonderful!! My favorite is my pink one with little flowers. Thank you for the great tutorial!

  94. I am trying this tomorrow night! But I am still a little confused.
    In one comment it says not to eat them and then in another comment
    it says it’s ok to eat them. Which is it? Thanks

  95. I did the silk dyed egg s yesterday. AMAZING!!!!!!!! My granddaughter was so surprised when she unwrapped the eggs. I also made a tree with branches and hung the eggs. I will display them on Easter Sunday. Tank you so much for sharing. I’m from Puerto Rico.

  96. Holly and Judy, I’m wondering if the shirt and dress had been washed several times and left less dye in the material. Ties aren’t usually washed so perhaps they still have lots of dye to transfer to the eggs. Terrific idea, Sara. Thanks.

  97. I’ve seen lots of posts on making the silk-dyed eggs and I’ve found your illustrations to be the best! I’m making these this morning and IF they turn out, I’ll be posting our our blog and will link back to you for your “how to” instructions.

  98. Goodwill was all out of ties so I am going to try this with a silk blouse. You can bet I will be buying ties all next year!!!

  99. Just tried to do this for the holiday. They turned out great! The color enhances as they cool after taking the silk off. The hardest part is cuting the tie and bearing the horrible smell of vinager throughout the house! Hahaha. Super easy to do. Each tie cost me $1.00 at Goodwill. Totally worth it:)

  100. I just tried it and it didn’t work. 🙁 I clearly did something wrong. I mean *some* dye transferred, but there is nothing even close to a pattern on my eggs. I made the silk very snug around the eggs.

    Do you boil/simmer for a full 20 minutes? Do you unwrap them when they are cool enough to handle or actually cool/cold to the touch? Maybe I didn’t leave them wrapped long enough. The ties are all 100% silk. So disappointed it didn’t work, but not surprised because I have the worst luck with crafts of any kind.

  101. I dyed my eggs today! They came out beautifully. The tie i used was darker and it seems the transfer is light. Maybe a bright, colorful tie would have a more dramatic effect? Much like your examples. Great idea! Thanks for the tutorial! I have a new easter tradition!

  102. Oh dear god that was not a cheap tie that was Dior!! That sells for over $100! And its likely vintage which makes it even more valuable! I want to cry.

  103. Can you believe this blog post is still alive and kick’n! Actually, it’s all over FB and Pinterest now more alive than evra!!

    Suggest using WHITE eggs for most-vibrant colorations. Happy Pâques!

  104. I’m about to try this with my daughters and can’t wait to see how they turn out. I wa laughing at the thrift store after reading your instructions because I ended up finding a Christian Dior tie as well! That and two Oscar De La Renta ones, all for $0.50 each! Ha!

  105. Can I just say thanks so much!!! We just did this for Easter and ours turned out fabulous! It was a wonderful project for my 11 year old daughter and I, and we couldn’t wait to unwrap them. They were beautiful and wowed everyone! We easily found ties at Goodwill and can’t wait to do this again…thanks so much for pinning. What a great idea 8).

  106. I/2 yd silk fabric will do a dozen eggs.
    The color of silk must be bold as the pattern comes off pale.
    After I wrap the egg in silk I wrap it in a white coffee filter that
    was soaked in white vinegar. I secure fabric & coffee filter at
    top of egg with a rubberband. Put the eggs in a big pot of water
    that has vinegar in it. Simmer for 45 minutes. Turn off fire.
    When water is cool take out the eggs, clip rubberband & gently
    remove coffee filter & fabric. You can use the fabric only once.
    Bring up shine on eggs with a bit of vegetable oil.
    Handle dyed eggs carefully as shell will be fragile.

  107. Amazing! I cannot wait to try this. I am not crafty at all but have been playing with blowing eggs. This seems so easy, I think it might work for even me!

  108. Am I the only person that is floored that you destroyed the Dior tie for that?? I mean.. the eggs are cool I guess. But really?!?!?!

  109. my aunt did these for us years ago. If you can stand the smell, allow the eggs to just sit after Easter. The insides dry up & you can reuse these beautiful eggs from year to year!

  110. Some very cool looking eggs there, Definitely going to give it a go this easter, i just hope mine end up looking as good as yours!

  111. Hi,
    I just came to your page since you were featured on Buzzfeed. I love this idea and now you at last gave me something to do with these paisley-ties I took out of my hubby’s wardrobe and put into my crafting-supply-box 🙂


  112. I have never been so excited before!! i cant wait to try this i am going to my nearest charity shop on the weekend to look for as many ties as possible!!

  113. You don’t have to blow eggs to keep them! I have hard boiled eggs from 20 years ago and they are great. The white disintegrates and the yolk rolls around inside. (lord help us if it breaks though) 😉

  114. Talk about frustrating…out of a dozen jumbo eggs, I had five left due to breakage along the way. I used the “blow-out” idea and it was a challenge. I don’t know what they are feeding the hens these days but the shells were very thin. I had to use a larger pot to keep the then light eggs submerged with a smaller pot filled with water as they boiled which I did for a full 20 minutes. (my colander didn’t fit like the example) I unwrapped to find them barely colored at all. My vinegar was fresh, the hardest part is wrapping them tightly without breaking them with the twistie tie. I did not use an enamel pot like another site suggested, I have the WearEver type teflon lined pot if that made a difference. Very disappointing for an afternoon’s work! Will not try again I don’t think.

  115. I was wondering can you use brown eggs or other colored eggs instead of white?
    Just curious. We had a chicken who laid very light greenish blue eggs.
    your eggs are beautiful by the way. I looked at the different ways you decorated them just awesome. Thank you for sharing!

  116. My Nana was the lady who appeared on the Martha Stewart show to demonstrate this family tradition that she has done with our family members for over 50 years. Have a great time making them-none of them come out anything less than beautiful ! Happy Easter !

  117. These are gorgeous! I would have never dreamed this would work so well! Headed to our local thrift store to get ties tomorrow and hope I can wow my family next weekend!

  118. I did this years ago, and actually discovered that you can keep the eggs for years. As long as you don’t break the eggs, they don’t smell! I stored them in the top of a closet. I did break some after a number of years, and it smelled bad – but not awful – and I just cleaned it right up.

  119. Hi there, Thanks for this great idea. My daughter and I had a great time preparing. I was disappointed though, when our eggs came out really bleak – the colours were fade and hardly to be seen on some eggs. The ties were 100% silk. I let the wrapped eggs simmer for 20 mins with water and vinegar and then cool off. What went wrong?
    Best regards,

  120. I found this online and I LOVED it and had to try it. I’m sorry to say, however, that it did not work. I followed the instructions to the letter..and my first batch was a disaster. Each egg had maybe a small patch of pattern, the rest was white. So I went back to the drawing board and tried again. I wrapped the eggs like a tootsie roll to give more fabric exposed against the egg. I boiled, cooled them and let them sit. I unwrapped them…and the same result. I got white eggs with a splotch here and there of pattern. My ties were 100% silk, i used light weight white fabric over them…and nothing. I’m glad to see from the above posts it worked for others, but I’m sorry this is not something I would recommend or try again.

  121. I was very excited to make these eggs, I went to the DI and other thrift stores which were expensive in Ut. $4.00 a tie, came home read the whole thing on how to make them only to learn they can’t be eaten. Grand children and grandma disappointed. I still plan to make them tomorrow. Then will have to make more eggs the eatable ones and dye with eatable coloring. Kinda of a waste of eggs should not waste food. Oh well they sound to pretty to not try them.

    1. Dolly, When I use the blown eggs I freeze the contents in seperate containers. Tested them after thawing them out and scrambling the eggs and they were fine! Many uses!

  122. You DEFINITELY should put in the very beginning of your explanation that the dyed eggs are not edible!!! I just dyed 15 eggs to take to an Easter Sunday dinner and NOW I find out you can’t eat them. Very, very disappointing

  123. I made these yesterday and was disappointed mine did not come out as brillant as yours. However I wonder if it is because I did not let them cool the way you suggested, I cooled in an ice water bath as I normally do. ALso did you use a special pot for boiling the eggs, like ceramic? I used a non stick pot, maybe that was the problem. Anyway, like mine but have egg envy over yours!!

  124. I soaked the silk pieces in water and rung them out before tying them around the eggs. The wet fabric clung to the eggs better giving me fewer white spots on the finished shells.

  125. I’m ready to place my tie wrapped eggs into water w/vinegar… One question: Do I bring to a boil, and continue to boil the eggs for 20 minutes? Or bring to a boil, shut off the gas and let the eggs sit in the hot water with a lid on the pot?

    1. Sorry we didn’t get to this question in time! To answer your question a little late- yes you want to actually boil them for 20 minutes. This helps draw the colors from the fabric to the egg.

  126. PRECIOSOS, me encantan…es una idea muy original. Enhorabuena.Yo los hice forrado con servilletas y uno de ellos era un huevo de aveztruz. Pasa por mi blog si quieres verlo.

  127. You may also cut the tie up into smaller pieces and get them wet and lay them right up against the egg, even using different color ties to do this. I use the inside of some of the ties, the white material that comes inside some ties to tie around the wet cloth. Then I wrap string around it all and tie off the material so it stays firm.. Yours are beautiful. I love the swirly look when you tie the eggs on the end like that..

  128. I have also been dying eggs with silk ties from Martha for several years. I have been keeping my eggs from year to year. I keep them in cardboard eggs carton in a location with good air flow. After a year or so they dry out completely on the inside. Sometimes the yolk rattles on the inside, but not always. I have a large assortment of eggs that I use each year and add a few new ones.

  129. I have done the Marblized eggs and the Pysanky eggs but not for Easter. I consider them and yours to be Art. I display them in Crystal bowls year round. I am going to make your eggs for keepsake Christmas gifts. I lost my husband in April and he had LOTS of silk ties. He has many varieties, including Disney and Christmas. I am going to make the eggs for his children as gifts. So I am using hollow eggs and will spray them with shellac, etc. to make them shine and be more durable. Should last forever! Working on 7 dozen. Wish me luck!

  130. Thank you. I have chickens and geese. A lady made 2 of my duck eggs for me back in the ’90’s. On one, she actually cut the front in an oval shape and placed moss and a mommy duck and baby duck inside. How would you cut the egg and decorate the inside??? Love your tie–dyed eggs. Thank you one again, Sara. 🙂

  131. These are the most beautiful dyed eggs I’ve ever seen. I’m definitely giving them a go this Easter. Thank you so much!

  132. Thanks for this fantastic idea. I am just wondering if there is anything else that can be dyed in this way other than eggs. I am a vegan and don’t celebrate Easter but I love the idea of recycling old silk ties and your examples look so beautiful. I see that other people have asked about wooden eggs but you mentioned they aren’t as effective in transferring the colours and patterns. If you know of any other media that can be used, can please let me know?
    Thanks again 🙂

  133. WOW! I really like how these eggs turned out! I will definitely be `dying my easter eggs this way, this year. thanks.

  134. What an awesome craft! I loved your tutorial. I love everything to do with neckties! After reading your tutorial, I dyed three eggs with silk tie scraps from a previous necktie project (I kept these scraps for five years. I knew they would come to something good.) They are beautiful.

  135. Do you have to boil the eggs in a certain type of pot or can I use my metal one? I know on the Martha Stewart tutorial they say not to use meta…

  136. The eggs are beautiful, but do you think you could use this technique to dye other materials (e.g. wood, clay)?

  137. This is amazing! Found some ties for 49 cents a piece at the Salvation Army! The kids had a blast picking them out. I blew out the eggs, and used a collapsible strainer – upside down on the eggs – with a full tea kettle set on top of it to weigh them down in the water. 🙂 Thanks for the awesome ideas!

  138. I tried dying eggs today with five different silk ties, hard boiling six and boiling three”blown”eggs. Only one tie transferred color and pattern,a second left a very faint pattern. I love the idea, but was disappointed in the percentage of success.
    The silk was turned to the correct side,double wrapped and and boiled together.
    Any suggestions?

  139. I was pretty disappointed with the results. We used 4 different silk ties and only one transferred the color well, the rest were very vague water-color like images, couldn’t really see the pattern of the tie at all. And they all ended up pinkish, probably because the only tie that worked was a red tie and it contaminated all the others which should have had a lot more blue and green. Perhaps the different ties have to be died separately.

  140. Let’s do a deal: you hunt me down Christian Dior ties, and I’ll pay you a lot more than 50 cents! 🙂 Otherwise, great thing to do if you have the time.

  141. I want to use my dad’s ties and make them for the family as a memory of Dad. I want to hang them on ornament stands for year round memorials.

  142. Fingers crossed mine come out as well as yours, I’m using a remnant of fabric I bought at Christmas.

    When I was born, on a Good Friday, my parents were given a painted hard boiled egg. They still have it (from the early ’70s). So in answer to ‘how long will they last?’ – a very long time, though I would imagine the smell if it were ever broken to be beyond belief.

  143. I have not tried this yet,but I am looking forward to doing this with my grandchildren tomorrow.

    I believe that you can keep the complete, hard boiled and decorated eggs indefinitely – the inside just dries up !

    Enjoy !

  144. Years ago I remember using dyes to color wool. One of the instructions said to never again use the pot with the dye for cooking food. Do you think this applies to the dyes in a silk tie as well? Only asking because I just used my All Clad pot to make these wonderful eggs.

  145. Tried this today. So much fun. A new tradition is to find the best tie for next Easter. Thinking silk scarves would work, too!!!

  146. Our thrift store has dollar bag day. Anything you can fit in a Wal Mart sack for a buck. I got a whole sack full of silk ties for a dollar. I thought I got a really good deal.

  147. I’ve been doing this for about 5 years now. I prefer cheese cloth for the outside layer, it keeps the tie tight and let’s the vinegar better coverage to the egg. We also wet the tie to form the best part of the pattern on our egg. I share your link when I lot my pictures. Everyone asks how to do it, hope you don’t mind.

  148. This was awful! I bought ties 100% silk followed the directions perfectly was really excited and nothing got dyed. I got white eggs pretty sad I spend all that time on it I have pictures if you’d like to see

    1. Hey Robbin, I’m so sorry it didn’t work out for you. It’s definitely unpredictable because all silk is different and some transfer better than others. That being said, I’ve made these every year for almost 10 years so I know it does work!

  149. Mine didn’t work nearly as well. Followed the instructions to a T but mine are all very pale. Not much transferred. Some are still white. It was fun nonetheless.

  150. Thank you so much. I direct people to you page when they ask where I heard about doing my eggs this way. I have learned a couple things I would add for the people who want the perfect eggs. I use jumbo eggs for me easter basket and I have a bowl of tap water on the table when wrapping the eggs. After I place my egg on the spot I want I do the tie and egg into the water, it helps form the fabric to the egg and allows for better coverage and placement. Oh… one more thing.. I use cheesecloth for my outer fabric. I think I get better color.

  151. I’ve done this each year since the story came out and my best results when I rolled the egg moist with water in silk and twist tied each end and used a white sock to hold them in for the boil and make sure it has cooled completely before taking out to assure the best color transfers.

  152. I’m so glad to see in your Q and A that you recommend not eating them. Every Easter I’m posting on sites and on FB about not eating these eggs. As a fabric dyer I also would stress to add that they not use that pan again for cooking. I use the ties to dye silk scarves and the water changes from clear to colored by the dye. I have an old pan just for dyeing these scarves. I also found that silk skirts don’t dye very well. I believe that’s due to being washed, when most ties aren’t washed.

  153. Will this work on Egg Gourds? I grew some Egg Gourds for the last two years and was wondering if I could Dye them this way with silk. I’ve done this on real egg and love it.

  154. I have some beautiful eggs that I made with the silk tie method that I made about 10 years ago. I did not blow out the eggs. After Easter I put them in my basement in an egg carton and turned them at first maybe every few days. After some time, I would turn them less often and less often. They never smelled bad and now after about 10 years, they all rattle. The yolk and whites hardened into a little ball that rattles if I gently shake them. They are still beautiful and probably would last centuries. I make new ones every year to add to my collection or to give to people – neat hobby.

  155. Well, it’s about time that I write to thank you for this craft and the genius snot sucker method for blowing eggs. This has become an Easter tradition and I LOVE them and opening the little packages to see what happened! This year I went next level and filled the eggs with a chocolate and Nutella mixture. Mailed them to the college-aged kids that I used to do this craft with. Truly thank you for all of the special Easter memories associated with your tie-dyed eggs!!!

  156. Mine didn’t work at all! I used a red tie with a black stripe & a tiny part of the black stripe transferred, that’s all. I followed the directions and am disappointed as I wanted to do this with my nephews for Easter.

    1. I’m sorry yours didn’t work Kathy! There are a lot of variables and it’s important to try with a few different pieces of fabric (making sure they are 100% silk) because some will transfer better than others and sometimes you’ll also get a dud!

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