In this instructable you'll learn how to make uniquely dyed Easter Eggs by wrapping them with men's silk neckties and then boiling them so that the eggs absorb the ink.
-100% silk neckties from your favorite thrift store. Ties need to be 100% silk or you get a patchy dye-job, as polyester won't give up its dye to the eggs.
- small zip ties
- strips of stretchy white fabric
- a pot big enough to hold the eggs you want to dye
- white vinegar
You'll also need access to a sink, running water, and stovetop.
After dyeing the eggs you'll need a bowl of ice-water to dunk the eggs in to "set" your dye.
*the eggs created by this method are hardboiled but are NOT EDIBLE. They are great for an Easter-egg hunt or for decoration but eventually will spoil and must be thrown away. If you want to use dyed eggshells in a craft project this method can also be used to dye eggshells that have been blown-out already. Those eggshells will not spoil and will last indefinitely with proper care.
Step 1: Disassemble the Neckties
This step can be done well in advance, as you collect suitable neckties.
Neckties that work best tend to have smaller, intricate designs. Red-based ties seem to dye eggs better, while I have found green-based ties to be disappointing.
- Cut the main large stitch on the back of the tie.
- Unfold the two layers surrounding the "core".
- Continue to separate the two layers, cutting through the middle stitches as you go. (If you aren't sure the tie will make a beautiful egg, you don't need to disassemble the entire tie. Feel free to only separate what you will need for a single egg.
- Remove cotton core of tie as well as that rear pocket of fabric. Discard those.
When you are done the tie should be just a single layer of colorful fabric.