Dyeing Easter Eggs with Ties

I saw an article about dyeing eggs using silk ties and just had to try it. After all, my husband’s new work clothes consist of a Hawaiian shirt and khakis, so most of his ties are going bye-bye. I asked him for a couple.

I was stymied by my lack of rubber bands, though my son later produced a large packet of them out of his room (after we were all done).

Tie-dyed Eggs
silk ties
old white T-shirt
rubber bands
white vinegar

Basically,you simply cut out the silk into a square, then the T-shirt into a larger square.

the egg on the material
the egg on the material

Wrap these around the egg and secure with a rubber band. Put the eggs in a (nonaluminum) pan and cover with water. Slosh some vinegar in there. (No measurements are given.)

Bring to a boil, simmer for 25 minutes. Let cool and unwrap the eggs.


Presto, change-o. The silk pattern gets transferred.


I would imagine this would work with other silk prints, too…give it a whirl.

My own children were more interested in making these fancy glittery eggs and painting, not the ties. Elyse did score a tie to wear, which she did for the next three days.





Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

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