Learn how easy it is to make an All Natural Easter Egg Dye using only Onion Skins and Vinegar.
This is how my German Grandmother dyed her Easter Eggs! Back then, they didn’t have all of the fancy egg dye tablets and decorating kits that we now use.
No, back then people had to make do with what they had. In the case of Easter Egg dyeing, they had to learn how to extract the color from natural materials such as onion skins.
Simply simmering your eggs in the onion dyebath gives you a lovely, warm brown shade.
However, I am going to take this tutorial a step further and show you how to make awesome and unique Marbled Easter Eggs. So, start saving your Onion Skins! You will need quite a few.
Since Easter is literally just around the corner, this tutorial on how to marble dyeing eggs with onions is super late. But, I have been wanting to share it for years now, so here goes.
Table of Contents
- What are Onion Skin Easter Eggs?
- Egg Dyeing Supplies
- How to Dye Easter Eggs with Onion Skins
- Wrap the Eggs in Fabric
- Set the Natural Dye
- Unwrap the Dyed Eggs
Over the years, I have shared several other Easter Egg decorating techniques from Coloring your Easter Eggs with Silk Ties, how to Decorating Easter Eggs with Yarn and how to make Wool Felted Easter Eggs.
What are Onion Dyed Eggs?
Basically, they are eggs which have been dyed with the natural pigment found in onion skins. As I mentioned above, there are different methods for doing that.
1. You can place all of your onion skins in a large cookpot with some vinegar and raw eggs and simmer them for about 15 minutes. This gives them an even golden brown color.
2. Or, you can wrap the eggs with several layers of the onion skins and some fabric and then simmer them. This gives the eggs a unique, uneven marbled texture. No two eggs are ever alike!
I am sure all of you have already finished your all of your Easter decorating and Egg dyeing, right? Well, if not, this is a really fun, natural Easter Egg dye technique that kids enjoy also.
The best part is unwrapping these little pieces of art.
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Egg Dyeing Supplies:
How to Dye Easter Eggs with Onion Skins
The steps for making onion dyed eggs are very simple. Basically, all you have to do is cover the eggs with lots of pieces of onion skins and then cover this bundle with some fabric.
This fabric will create close contact between the egg and the onion peels and hold everything in place. Then, all you do is boil/simmer the eggs the same way you normally would except that you add a little white vinegar to the water.
Wrap the Eggs for Dyeing
To begin, cut the fabric pieces into approximately 8″ squares, one piece of fabric per egg.
Now, take a piece of fabric and place it on your hand then add a bunch of onion peel. Make sure cover the fabric with the peels. Also, the more variation in color and size of the onion pieces, the more marbled your egg.
Next, pick up an egg and place it top of the onion skins and add more peels. The idea is for the egg to be completely in contact with the onion.
Finally, carefully, wrap the fabric as tight as possible around the egg, making sure all parts of the egg are covered.
Then, tie off the top of the fabric tightly with the thread. Again, you want firm contact between egg and peels so make sure the egg doesn’t move around too much inside the fabric.
Now, repeat the entire wrapping process with the rest of your eggs.
(Note: You can add small leaves and greenery for additional design but when I tried it this time, they didn’t make much of a print.
Set the Natural Easter Egg Dye
Now you are going to fill your pot about half way with water and then add about 1/2 cup of vinegar.
Carefully, place your wrapped eggs in the water, making sure they are completely covered.
Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the eggs to cool completely.
Unwrap the Dyed Easter Eggs
Now comes the fun part … unwrapping your marbled eggs!
Aren’t they beautiful? What’s more, you can even make your onion skin Easter Eggs shiny by rubbing them with a bit of oil.
Also, since you are using an all natural dye, the eggs are perfectly edible. Just make sure to store them in the refrigerator.
These colorful eggs also make beautiful Easter table decorations.
What can I use to dye eggs naturally? (besides onions)
There are lots of plant materials that make a beautiful natural dye including:
- Beets (red)
- Turmeric (gold)
- Black Beans (blue or green)
- Black Walnuts (brown)
- Red Cabbage (blue)
How to Dye Easter Eggs with Shaving Cream
Here is a fun Easter Egg coloring idea that I have not had the chance to try although I have seen the beautiful, marbled results! Dyeing eggs with shaving cream by Martha Stewart.
- Raw Eggs (White)
- Onion Skins (lots)
- Scrap Fabric
- White Vinegar
- Small Pot
- Cut the fabric into 8" squares (one piece of fabric per egg)
- Lay one piece of fabric on your hand add a bunch of onion peels.
- Place an egg on the onion skins
- Cover the egg with more skins
- Tightly wrap the egg in the fabric, securing it with the thread. Make sure you have good contact between the egg and the peels.
- Repeat with the remaining eggs
- Fill your pot about half way with water and then add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Place your wrapped eggs in the water, making sure they are completely covered. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the eggs to cool completely.
- Unwrap the eggs and discard (compost) the onion peels.
You can make these Easter Eggs shiny by rubbing them with a bit of vegetable oil.
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