Indie Craft: Dyeing Eggs With Vintage Neckties

A trip to the thrift store or your closet can yield an Easter craft in the making.

Silk-Dyed Easter Eggs

Silk-Dyed Easter Eggs

Create some incredible patterns on your Easter eggs using vintage neckties.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Shannon Mulkey

Image courtesy of Shannon Mulkey

Create some incredible patterns on your Easter eggs using vintage neckties.

This is one of my favorite egg decorating methods. The results are stunning and it is so easy. You can find inexpensive silk ties and scarves at your local thrift store. The crazier the print, the better! This technique also works with blown eggs.

Supplies

  • Eggs
  • Silk ties or scarves (make sure they are 100% silk)
  • Twine
  • Fabric scraps
  • Large pot for boiling eggs
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
How to Create Silk-Dyed Easter Eggs

How to Create Silk-Dyed Easter Eggs

Wrap eggs in men's neckties to emboss them with a cool new pattern.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Shannon Mulkey

Image courtesy of Shannon Mulkey

Wrap eggs in men's neckties to emboss them with a cool new pattern.

Directions

1:  Cut your silk into squares that will fit  around your egg. Wrap it, printed side facing the egg, as smoothly and as tightly as possible.  Secure it with a twist tie, rubber band or piece of twine.

2: Wrap a scrap of white fabric (you can use an old sheet or pillowcase) around the silk-covered egg. Secure ends again.

3: Place the eggs in a saucepan. Fill with enough water to cover eggs and add 1/4 cup white vinegar. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes.

4: Remove eggs from water using tongs and set in a colander to drain.  Unwrap when the packages are cool to the touch, if you can wait! You can add a subtle shine by polishing with olive oil.

Keep Reading

Next Up

15 Easter Egg Decorating Ideas That Go Beyond Dyeing

Leave dye behind and use one of these clever techniques instead.

Kids' Craft: Dyed Easter Egg Animals

Turn dyed Easter eggs into adorable bunnies, chicks and sheep with colorful, polka-dot printables.

Easy Easter Craft: Upcycled Terrariums

Recycle glass jars to create African violet, moss and egg-filled miniature terrariums.

Making a Ukrainian Easter Egg

These treasured Easter eggs show dedication to the craft of pysanky.

Masking Tape Eggs

These Easter eggs are a great project to attempt with your children.

How to Dye Marbleized Easter Eggs

Dyeing Easter eggs is a favorite holiday tradition for kids and grownups alike. Give your plain dyed eggs a kicky, multicolored twist this year: Add olive oil to the dye solution to create a swirling, mottled effect.

How to Make Painted Galaxy Easter Eggs

They're out of this world. 

How to Make Festive Cascarone Confetti Eggs

Start collecting eggshells now by breaking off the tops and using the contents for baking. Rinse and dry the shells to make this fun and festive Easter craft. Fill them with confetti and crack them over your friends' heads for good luck.

Magic Jelly Beans + 30 Other Adorable Easter Crafts

Get in the Easter spirit with these fun, festive crafts and activities.

Heirloom Easter Egg Topiary

Craft this garden and backyard chicken inspired topiary for your spring table.

On TV

Tiny House Hunters

6:30am | 5:30c

House Hunters

8:30am | 7:30c

House Hunters

9:30am | 8:30c

House Hunters

10am | 9c

House Hunters

10:30am | 9:30c

House Hunters

11am | 10c

House Hunters

11:30am | 10:30c

Fixer Upper

12pm | 11c

Fixer Upper

1pm | 12c

Fixer Upper

2pm | 1c

Fixer Upper

3pm | 2c

Fixer Upper

4pm | 3c

Fixer Upper

5pm | 4c

Fixer Upper

6pm | 5c

Fixer Upper

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Fixer Upper

8pm | 7c

Good Bones

9pm | 8c

House Hunters

10:30pm | 9:30c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

Good Bones

12am | 11c

House Hunters

1:30am | 12:30c

House Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

Fixer Upper

3am | 2c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.