DIY Silk Dyed Easter Eggs.
I LOVE TO DYE EASTER EGGS! Growing up, my mother always brought home the PAAS Easter Egg Tablets and a bottle of white vinegar. I could hardly wait to watch the tablets “fizz” in the vinegar and turn my white eggshells into a rainbow of colors. Sometimes Mama would pull out Elmer’s Glue and beautiful sparkling sequins to add to the colored shells. …AND I LOVED IT! I get goose bumps just thinking about how pretty they were. My mother always adds extra sparkle to everything. She is the best at making holidays memorable. In fact my mother directed me towards this idea for Sparkling Charm.
Note: 100% silk ties, boxers, scarves, and shirts can be found at thrift shops and yard sales for just a few dollars.
100% silk, cut into pieces large enough to cover an egg
white cloth, cut into pieces large enough to fit over an egg (white t-shirt, pillowcase, or tablecloth)
raw white eggs
5 tablespoons of white vinegar
water, enough to cover eggs in the pot
glass or enamel pot
tongs or spoon
Cut the 100% silk into a square large enough to wrap around a raw white egg.
With the printed side of the silk facing the egg, wrap the egg with a piece of silk and hold it tight.
Place the silk-wrapped egg in a white cloth square and secure tightly with a twist-tie.
Place the egg(s) in an enamel or glass pot. Leave plenty of room in the pot between the eggs.
Fill pot with water and cover the eggs completely.
Add five tablespoons of white vinegar.
Bring water to a boil, turn heat down, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove eggs from water with tongs or spoon and let cool.
Remove the silk from cooled egg.
With minimal pressure wipe each egg with vegetable oil.
PLEASE NOTE! AVOID EATING THESE EGGS! THESE EGGS ARE FOR DECORATING ONLY! SILK DYES ARE NOT EDIBLE!
…LOVELY DIY SILK DYED EASTER EGGS! I hope you will enjoy the unique beauty of each egg as much as I do.
Sparkle! Sparkle! XX -gwyn
FYI…In my research on the process I found a few interesting facts. Dying eggs started long before my childhood memories of PAAS tablets, a little copper egg lifter, and two tablespoons of vinegar. It turns out that the practice of decorating eggshells was part of an Egyptian spring ritual that started over 60,000 years ago. The Egyptians decorated ostrich eggs with gold and silver. It was a sign of rebirth. It is believed early Christians picked up on this and dyed eggs red to represent the Blood of Christ. Thank you WIKIPEDIA, very interesting indeed.