Natural Easter Egg Dye with Onion Skins

Natural Easter Egg Dye with Onion Skins. Learn how my German Grandma dyed her Easter Eggs with this marble dyeing technique using Onion Skins.

Easter is literally just around the corner so this tutorial on how to marble dye Easter Eggs with onion skins is super later. But, I’ve been wanting to share it for years now, so here goes.

This natural Easter Egg dye technique is how we used to decorate our Easter Eggs when I was a kid growing up in Germany. Instead of boiling the eggs in water and onion skins which gives them an even, golden brown color, we would wrap the eggs in layers of onion skins and then boil them. This gives the eggs a fun, marbled texture.


More Easter Egg Dyeing Tutorials:
How to Print Easter Eggs with Silk Ties
Yarn Wrapped Easter Eggs
Felted Easter Eggs


I’m sure all of you have already finished your Easter Egg dyeing, right? Well, if not, this is a really fun, natural Easter Egg dye technique that kids enjoy also!


Marble Dyed Easter Eggs, a natural dyeing technique using onion skins. A cool Easter craft project that's also a lot of fun for kids.

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Natural Easter Egg Dye with Onion Skins

Easter Egg Dyeing Supplies:

– Raw Eggs (White)
– Onion Skins – lots
Scrap Fabric
Thread
Scissors
– Small Pot
– Water
– White Vinegar
– Stove


Supplies for naturally dyeing easter eggs with onion skins


Onion skins, scissors for easter egg dyeing


Wrap the Easter Eggs for Dyeing

First, cut the fabric into about 8″ squares, one piece per egg. Hold a piece of the fabric in one hand and begin layering your onion skins. The more variation in color and size of the onion pieces, the more marbled your egg.


Wrapping the Easter Eggs with Scrap Fabric and onion skins


Easter Egg wrapped in Onion Skins for Dyeing


Easter Egg ready to Dye


How to Marble Dye Easter Eggs with Onion Skins a FiberArtsy Tutorial


Place an egg on top of the onion skins and add more layers. Carefully, wrap the fabric as tight as possible around the egg, making sure all parts of the egg are covered. Tie off the top of the fabric tightly with the thread. You don’t want the egg or the onion skins to move around.

(Note: I tried using some small leaves and greenery for design but they didn’t make much of a print.)

Repeat with the rest of your eggs.


How to Marble Dye Easter Eggs with Onion Skins a FiberArtsy Tutorial


Setting the Natural Dye

Fill your pot about half way with water and add about 1/2 cup vinegar. Place your wrapped eggs in the water, making sure the eggs are covered. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the eggs to cool completely.


How to Marble Dye Easter Eggs with Onion Skins, a FiberArtsy.com tutorial

Now comes the fun part … unwrapping your Marble Dyed Easter Eggs!

Unwrapping the natural dyed Easter Eggs


How to Marble Dye Easter Eggs with Onion Skins, a FiberArtsy.com tutorial


Onion Skin Dyed Easter Eggs


Marble Dyed Easter Eggs, Onion Skins


Aren’t they beautiful? You can make them shiny by rubbing them with a bit of oil. Plus, the eggs are dyed naturally with onion skins so they’re perfectly edible. These Easter Eggs also make beautiful Easter table decorations.

Enjoy :)
Annette

More Easter Egg Dyeing Tutorials:
How to Print Easter Eggs with Silk Ties
Yarn Wrapped Easter Eggs
Felted Easter Eggs


Marble Dyed Easter Eggs, a natural dyeing technique using onion skins. A cool Easter craft project that's also a lot of fun for kids. A FiberArtsy.com tutorial



Marble Dyed Easter Eggs, a natural dyeing technique using onion skins. A cool Easter craft project that's also a lot of fun for kids. A FiberArtsy.com tutorial

Comments

  1. Idalina Da Silva says:

    how adorable, your marble eggs are.. when I was growing up in Portugal , my mother used the skin onions as well. they would be more of a brown. but this technique is so beautiful I am going to make some tomorrow.
    Happy Easter

  2. What an interesting way to dye the eggs! Gonna add this to next year Easter list . Thank you for sharing!