We love our Thrift Store for many reasons. The main reason is that the proceeds allow us to serve more families in need here in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. We also love to find cool new ways to re-purpose Thrift Store finds! We have a board dedicated to just that on the CFS Pinterest page.
Easter is on it’s way and coloring eggs is a fun family activity. A very creative and gorgeous way to decorate those eggs is using silk. We found a couple 100% silk ties in the Thrift Store and followed the directions we found at Our Best Bites (here’s the link: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2012/03/silk-dyed-eggs-aka-tie-dyed/) and recruited Conner, one of our awesome Allegheny College students to help.
Below are the photos of our adventure and results
We think for the best results, use very bright ties. Our results were mixed using one red tie and a muted yellow (not so wonderful). We hope you all have a super holiday with your family and stop by the Center Thrift Store to shop New to You or drop off donations!
Silk Dyed Easter Eggs
Cut pieces of 100% silk large enough to cover an egg. Wrap as smoothy and tightly around egg as possible, with right side of fabric facing in, and secure with a twist-tie or piece of string. Repeat process, but wrap with a plain piece of lightweight fabric, like an old white pillowcase or sheet.
Place eggs in a large stock pot and cover with water at least 2 inches above eggs. Add 1/4 cup white vinegar. Bring pan to a boil and reduce to simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes and then use a pair of tongs to remove eggs and lay them (still wrapped) on layers of paper towels or an old dish towel. Let cool to room temperature and then remove the fabric wrappings. Store in the fridge until ready to display. If desired, rub with a small amount of vegetable oil for shine.
Can you eat the eggs?
Since you don’t know what kinds of dyes are used to color the fabrics, and chances are they aren’t food-safe, we don’t recommend eating the eggs.