Easter Activities: Silk Tie Easter Eggs

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Dyeing Easter eggs with the kids is an old tradition, and when I say old, I mean it.

The coolest way to dye eggs that I've ever seen requires poking around in Grandpa's closet for those old silk ties (they must be real silk, so you know we're talking really old ties), grabbing the tots and gathering 'round the kitchen table.


Featured on Martha Stewart.com, the process comes from a family in my neck of the woods. I even got to interview them for the local paper when Stewart staffer Jackie Blais Manzolillo brought her great aunt Helen Schaefer into the city to show Martha -- and the world -- how to boil up beautiful eggs.

All the credit goes to Helen for letting me sit in her kitchen with my daughter and camera while she taught me how to make this happen:

  • Cut silk into a chunk large enough to wrap around a raw egg.
  • Wrap the egg with a piece of silk with the printed side of the material touching the surface the egg.
  • Place the silk-wrapped egg in a piece of white fabric (a sheet or pillowcase works well) and twist tie the whole bunch at the top.
  • Place the egg in an enamel or glass pot, and continue wrapping eggs until there are enough to fill the bottom of the pot. Fill pot with water to cover eggs completely.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar, then bring water to a boil. Turn the heat down, and you should let it simmer for 20 minutes (if you'll eat the eggs, you might want to go a little longer).
  • Remove eggs from water with tongs or spoon and let cool. Once it's cool to the touch, you can remove the silk, then wipe with vegetable oil to make them shine.

There are more tips the family shared over at Martha, but these are the basic tips I wrote down when I was in the Schaefer kitchen. Wrapping the eggs and choosing the fabrics are my daughter's favorite jobs.

What role do your kids play in dyeing of the Easter eggs?

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