Onion Skin Dyed Eggs My Way




I've been dyeing eggs with onion skins for many, many years. This is a technique I love for two reasons: 1. the end result is a beautiful one; and 2. I can't fail - anytime I dye the eggs this way they turn out just great.
Unfortunately I don't have a step by step instructable with pictures on this technique to share here with you, but here is how I do this:
1. Take the onion skins, put them in a pot with cold water and boil them for just a few minutes.
2. Take the eggs, check each of them  (I don't use the ones that are cracked) and then wash them with dish detergent and warm water, then rinse.
3. Collect leaves of your choice.
4. Take a pair of stockings and cut down one of the legs. This is what you'll be using to tie the eggs in.
5. Take an egg, put a leaf on it (I put it face down, don't really know why...), wrap it tightly in the stocking and  tie it with a thread.
6. Repeat with another egg.
7. After you finished tying all your eggs, put them in the pot with the onion skins ( i never take out the skins) and boil them for about 8 minutes to get some hard boiled eggs. Sometimes, when I don't forget, I also add a little vinegar in the pot.
9. After 10 minutes or so take the eggs out of the boiling water and put them in a larger pot with cold water. Cut the stockings to get the eggs out. Let the eggs in cold water long enough so that they cool down.

And that's it!

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    You do so! Hopefully by then I'll have more pics. If not, just ask, I'll be glad to help. :)

    I wouldn't say hard work, but time consuming. One can do it while watching TV! And during the process I "lost" only two eggs: one "crashed" when tying and the other one when boiling. But it is quite a good success rate, considering I dyed 46 eggs!


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I wish too. But I didn't think of taking photos because I didn't think of posting here on Instructables! But I hope I will have them in time for next Easter!


    5 years ago

    do you get the different colors from different types of onion skins? They look great!

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I only tried with one kind of onion skins. But I guess you can use any type of dye, natural or not. The blue ones here in the photo are made with regular egg dye - this was my first try with that dye but I'm not too happy with the results...