I remember several, ok many, years ago I was at home watching TV and saw an ad for an upcoming Martha Stewart episode. Her show wasn’t really on my must watch list but the teaser told me she was going to be making Easter eggs so I decided to tune in. I have always, even before I had a kid of my own, loved to partake in all of the holiday activities – colouring Easter eggs, carving pumpkins at Halloween, making gingerbread houses. So I was eager to see what Martha had to teach me about decorating Easter eggs! My curiosity quickly turned into something else. Something more like “so this is how rich people live.” Because gilding ostrich eggs, from your own backyard, with gold leaf, that’s just not real life for most of us.
What about using silk ties to colour your Easter eggs? This is actually one of Martha’s ideas (although I’m not sure these are actually HER ideas) that actually sounded not only feasible but fun. And it is both of those things – and you get some pretty awesome eggs. You might actually have some old silk ties at home that never get worn. And it doesn’t have to be a tie, a scarf, an old shirt (I remember when silk shirts were all the rage), it doesn’t matter as long as it’s 100% silk. If you don’t have any silk ties or other items at home, you can do what I did and just head to the thrift shop. I found a huge selection of silk ties at my local thrift shop for a very reasonable price.
There are a few things I love about this method of decorating eggs:
- The results are beautiful
- You get to repurpose old materials
- It’s pretty mess free (no dyes or colouring to get on your hands)
- The eggs are totally safe to eat (if you store them in the fridge)
Silk Tie Easter Eggs
- uncooked eggs
- 100% pure silk ties, scarves or whatever you happen to find
- an iron
- an old cotton shirt, pillow case, etc. to cut up (use white or a light colour)
- twist ties, string or yarn to tie the silk and cotton to the eggs
- a pot big enough to boil the eggs in
- 1/4 cup of vinegar
The first thing you are going to need to do if you are using silk ties, is to open the seams on them and remove the lining in side.
Once you’ve removed the lining get out your iron and press the silk (on the wrong side). It doesn’t need to be perfectly wrinkle free but it’s going to be easier to cover your eggs if your silk pieces are smooth(ish).
Now you want to cut your silk into squares big enough to cover your eggs with room to tie them at the top.
Place the fabric with the right side to the egg, trying to get the fabric as smooth as possible, and wrap your egg. Tie them tightly with a twist tie or string.
Next cut a piece of cotton fabric the same size and tightly cover your silk covered egg and tie again.
Repeat with all of your eggs.
Place the eggs in a large pot and cover completely with water.
Add the vinegar.
Turn the stove to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce the heat and let the eggs simmer for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes remove the eggs (still covered in fabric) to a strainer and let cool for at least 15 minutes.
Gently cut off your string or remove the twist ties.
Remove the cotton and the silk fabric. Admire your creations!