Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tutorial on how to dye Easter eggs using natural ingredients

First I want to show you my new egg cups that I got in the mail the other day, I bought two floral ones and four white porcelain ones. I thought the floral ones looked pretty with my beautiful beaded eggs.
Now they can sit up on the mantle without curious little fingers getting at them:)

I also want to share my egg dying experiment using natural dyes. I colored several eggs using beet juice, *green tea, and these *onion skins. 

Years ago I read an article about how you could use onion skins to dye your eggs and I've been wanting to try it ever since. That was a lot of years ago and I'm just now getting around to it!

I only dyed just a few eggs this go around, using a few natural elements. I'd never done this before so I wanted to get the feel for it first, maybe learn a few tricks of my own. I loved how the eggs turned out using onion skins and the green tea, but I was disappointed in the beet juice eggs, they looked nice and pink when I brought them out of the juice but when you rinse them off most of the color goes down the drain and you end up with a gray egg. Don't get me wrong, I loved the subtle colors a lot but a few of my eggs cracked when I put them in the boiling water and then the dye got into the cracks and left me with some not so pretty eggs. I never thought about the cracking issue. 

Next year I will make more using a few other ingredients to get more colors.

The onion skin eggs turned out amazing however, and this is how I did it:  

The process you use for the tea dyed eggs is the process you use for all other ingredients except the one using onion skins


Cut a square of fabric, they say to use cheesecloth but I didn't have any so I just used a piece of cotton fabric, big enough to wrap around your egg.

Lay the egg on the onion skins

Lay some onion skins on top of the egg too, and wrap it up nice and tight being careful not to break your egg

Twist it around and secure it with a rubber band.

Ready for the bath

Add vinegar to the water before boiling it, about 1 tbsp. per 2 cups of water

When the water is boiling just lay your eggs in and let them boil for 20 minutes

*For the tea dyed eggs, bring the tea to a boil and add eggs, boil for 10 minutes. Take the eggs out and put them into a tall shallow glass, cover the eggs with the tea and set them in the refrigerator. The instructions say to leave them in over night but I left them in the tea bath for about 5 hours. Take them out and rinse under cool water and dry.

For the onion skin eggs, just take them out of the water and set them out to cool for a bit, I stuck them in the refrigerator for awhile, once they are cool unwrap them, rinse under cool water and dry. 

Voila' beautiful "marble" eggs!

Look how beautiful they turned out!! And how nice to show them off in my new little white porcelain egg cups:)

I rubbed some olive oil on them to make them shine

This is the egg that I dyed using the green tea, I love this color!

Unfortunately the beet juice eggs were not photo worthy so I didn't bother

Next year I will make sure I leave the eggs out at room temp for a bit before I add them to the hot water, maybe I can avoid a few cracks. It's funny though, none of my eggs wrapped in the onion skins/fabric cracked.

How beautiful would it look if I had a few subtle gray and green eggs mixed in?

Next year:)

You can use a lot of different ingredients
Spinach for green, red cabbage for purple, turmeric for a yellow color, paprika, etc.  


  1. These are Lovely using the Organic Dyes!

    Easter Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

    1. Thank you Dawn, it was fun to see how they turned out!

  2. Anonymous8:58:00 PM

    Love them, Rhonda. Do you think you could put the eggs in the water before you boiled it so the eggs wouldn't crack? Joann

    1. That's a good question Joann, do you mean put the eggs in the lukewarm water then bringing them to a boil? So they may acclimate to the temperature change slowly?

    2. Anonymous3:26:00 PM

      yes. Can't wait to see what you do next.... Joann


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