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Easter Fun – Silk Tie Egg Dyeing

Posted by Jessica Schoner on Feb 27, 2018 2:15:40 PM

Easter Fun – Silk Tie Egg Dyeing

By Jessica Schoner - Interactive Media Coordinator, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin & Metropolitan Chicago

We love craft projects that are unique, fun and allow the kids to get involved. This one meets all those requirements. And it’s super simple, which makes it a must-have! Goodwill is a great place to find colorful arrays of men’s ties, but save the suited look for later, because we’re transferring the tie to your Easter eggs!


  • 3-5 men’s silk ties in vibrant patterns
  • White vinegar
  • White cotton fabric – shirt, dish towel or pillow case
  • Hair ties or kitchen twine
  • Scissors
  • Enamel pot
  • 6-10 raw eggs
  • Olive or vegetable oil

Silk Tie Egg Dyeing - Materials

Make it!

Step One

Start by taking a trip to your local Goodwill! Look for an array of silk men’s ties in bright colors with fun patterns. (I found that small patterns transferred best.) Don’t forget that certain colors of tags are 50% off every day at Goodwill, too; look for ties with that color of price tag to save even more on this craft!

Silk Tie Egg Dyeing - Step One

Step Two

Cut off the large end of your tie, and remove all the “inside parts” so that you’re left with the scrap of silk.

Silk Tie Egg Dye - Step Two

Step Three:

Cut your white fabric into a piece similar to the size of your tie.

Silk Tie Egg Dye - Step Three

Step Four

Wrap the silky side of the tie around your egg, then wrap the cotton fabric around that. Secure with your hair tie or kitchen twine.

Step Five

Repeat steps 2-4 for all your ties. You can reuse the scrap of tie up to two times, so don’t worry if you have more eggs than pieces of tie.

Step Six

Place 3-4 eggs inside your enamel pot and fill with water until your eggs are covered. Add ¼ cup of white vinegar.
Heat your water until boiling. Once it reaches boiling, turn the temperature down and simmer for 20 minutes. Simmer for slightly longer if you plan to eat the eggs.

Step Seven

Remove eggs from the water carefully, and allow to cool.

Step Eight

Remove the fabric from around your egg and gently rub with oil to help seal the colors.


  • Easter Fun – Silk Tie Egg Dyeing
  • Easter Fun – Silk Tie Egg Dyeing
  • Easter Fun – Silk Tie Egg Dyeing
  • Easter Fun – Silk Tie Egg Dyeing

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