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.

Supplies needed:
-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.
- eggs*
- small zip ties
- strips of stretchy white fabric
- scissors
- a pot big enough to hold the eggs you want to dye
- white vinegar
- tongs

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.
A Nice instructable, can't do it wrong..even for the Dutch..My children loved our first Egg and al future 'Egg-Ties'...The result..thanks
<p>great idea! now I have a use for all the old ties my husband used to wear to work!</p>
Why aren't the eggs edible? hard boiled in water and vinegar doesn't seem bad.
It's because of the dye that eggs soak up from the silk ties. These dyes used for silk ties are aniline dyes and are not safe to eat. If you break open the egg you'll notice that the white of the egg has soaked up some dye too, and therefor should not be eaten.
Lovely! Voted
Where re my ties ?&hellip; <br>I'm already late and I can't find any of them !!!&hellip; <br>:) <br> <br>Great inst'
This looks awesome, doing some this coming Easter. Thank you!
It looks fantastic! someone more try this?
Thanks for the compliment! :-)

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