If you’re looking for a way to dye your eggs in unique patterns and colors, try using silk fabrics. You definitely don’t want to use any of your good silks because it will ruin them, so check out your local thrift store for ties, handkerchiefs, even silk blouses that may be the wrong size or style. This method transfers the pattern from the fabric onto the egg so choose patterns and colors with that in mind.
Use raw eggs to start, they will become hard boiled when cooking in the vinegar bath.
- Silk fabric
- White fabric or muslin – about 1/2 yard
- Twist ties
- White vinegar
- Vegetable oil
- Stainless, glass or enamel pot – not aluminum
- Cut the silk and white fabric into 7 inch squares
- Wrap egg tightly in 1 piece of silk with the printed side next to the egg
- Wrap it again with 1 piece white fabric. This keeps the colors from bleeding onto other eggs.
- Tie together tightly at one end with a twist tie or small rubber band
- Put your wrapped eggs into a pot and fill it with water
- Add 3 tablespoons white vinegar, bring to a boil
- Boil at least 20 minutes. You can boil them for up to 40 minutes if the color is slow to transfer.
- Remove eggs and let them cool. Then unwrap.
- Put a light coat of vegetable oil on them to make them shiny, and wipe the excess off with a paper towel.
Your silk squares can be used 2-3 times before the color won’t transfer any more. If you want to eat the eggs, don’t boil any longer than 20 minutes.
Here’s a video showing the whole process.