For this month’s DIY I wanted to make something in celebration of one of my favourite holidays – Easter! This DIY project has been around for a long time and hit the mainstream due to Martha Stewart years ago so it’s not the most original but I wanted to show you guys anyways. I’ve wanted to make these ever since my friend showed me a photo of silk dyed eggs last year. It was the first time I had ever seen them before and was blown away with how cool they were. I make pysanky eggs almost every year because my grandmother was obsessed with them and it’s just a really fun activity to do with friends. Plus dyed eggs make great decorations either for Easter or year around in a bowl (I keep mine in a glass vase on my bookshelf). For my version I will be blowing out the eggs so the eggs can be kept permanently however if you are using them just for Easter hard boiling will be fine, just remember that silk dyes are toxic so the eggs shouldn’t be digested (the worst part of Easter for me was being forced as a kid to eat my decorated eggs – not a fan). I would consider this project intermediate level and not very kid friendly but if you want an easier and quick way to decorate eggs I have another DIY coming up on Wednesday that might be better!
- Silk ties or scarfs
- Egg blower kit
*I bought my locally from a Ukarine store but available online here
- Muslin or scrap white fabric
- Twist ties or piper cleaner
- Seam ripper or scissors
Cost: $20 approximately
(the price for all the items required except the silk)
- Blow out all the eggs and leave to dry. My tutorial on how to blow out eggs is here!
*you can skip this step if you just want to hard boil them
- If using silk ties, unline them using a seam ripper or scissors. Then take the silk and cut into squares.
- Cut the muslin or white fabric into squares as well.
*I am using an old pillow case.
- Wrap the silk around the egg as tight as possible so there is as little bumps as possible. You want the print on the tie to be facing inward and touch the egg directly.
TIP: Wetting the silk makes wrapping it easier.
- Wrap the egg and silk in pantyhose and make it as tight as possible before tying off.
*this is make sure the silk stays snug agaisnt the egg while boiling
- Then wrap the fabric around the egg and tie off.
*this step can be skipped but it helps prevent the dye from bleeding out and staining the other eggs.
- Place eggs in a pot and fill with cold water until there is enough to cover the eggs. Add in a few tablespoons of vinegar
- After water is boiling put to low medium heat so it’s simmering and leave for 20minutes or more
*if eggs are blown they will float so I put a metal steamer over top to weight them down.
TIP: Always place eggs in cold water and bring to boil to prevent them from cracking.
- Remove eggs from the pot and leave to cool. Also if blown leave upright so they have a chance to drain.
- Unpack your little presents and see how they turned out!
*they may need to be blown again to remove any remaining water.
*save the silk pieces as they can be reused, they loose a bit of the color each time.
TIP: Rub finished cooled egg in vegetable oil if you want them to have a little shine.
My first impression of this project is that it’s a lot of effort and I know there are easier and cheaper ways to dye eggs. So I am a little disappointed with the final results to be honest with you especially considering the price I spent on silk ties ($30). Although with that said I am definitely going to try again next year and at least I’ll know what type of ties to buy this time. I also though over lapping the silk would work but most of those white spots were actually made by over-lapping silk not having the silk tight – lesson learned! My tips for picking out silk: No light colors like gold, vibrant colors like red are amazing, patterns are a must, thinner silk ties bleed the dye more, ugly ties = good eggs, and wider ties give you a lot more fabric to work with. Before heading to the thrift store I really wanted to find silk scarfs as I thought the patterns on them would be perfect and due to their much large size it’d make the whole process easier. However I didn’t find any scarfs so I’m a little sad I didn’t make more of an effort to track some down. I do have another Easter egg DIY coming up on Wednesday that I’ve been having a lot of fun doing so look out for that and as always let me know in the comments if you tried this or have any tips!