Marble Dyeing Easter Eggs With Onion Skin




Introduction: Marble Dyeing Easter Eggs With Onion Skin

A tutorial

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 onion 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.

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

Step 1: Supplies:


– Raw Eggs (White)

– Onion Skins – lots

– Scrap Fabric

– Thread

– Scissors

– Small Pot

– Water

– White Vinegar

– Stove

Step 2: Wrap the Eggs:

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.

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.

Step 3: Setting the Onion 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.

Step 4: Unwrap Your Easter Eggs

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

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.

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4 years ago

Super cool, i made these once a long time ago.


4 years ago

wow thats supper cool! Onions! who woulda thunk!

Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

4 years ago

I just love the texture look you got!


Reply 4 years ago

Thank you so much, Penolopy!