Dye easter eggs with onion skins

Dyeing easter eggs has been a fun activity in the week leading up to easter and it has been part of my easter preps for as long as I can remember. There are many ways how you can get those eggs colorful and I want to show you a traditional way of doing it. With onion skins and fresh leaves. It is super easy and the results are amazing. This can definitely be a special treat to add to your easter presents or for your easter morning breakfast.

Easter eggs dyed with onion skins
Easter eggs dyed with onion skins

What you need:

  • Eggs
  • Onion peel of brown onions
  • Leave of herbs and small plants or blossoms
  • Nylon tights or stockings
  • String
  • A pot
  • Water
  • 1 tbs vinegar
  • Timer
  • Some oil
  • Cloths

Tip: You can use brown or white eggs, the techniques workfor both. Having lived in Ireland, I have used brown eggs as it was very hard to find white eggs in the supermarkets and it still worked out fine. The leaves that you use should be filigree, make sure that you use fresh leaves not dry ones.


1. Put all the onion skins into a pot filled with water and boil for at least 30 min. This will allow the skins to release their colour into the water.

2. Add a tbs of vinegar to the water. The vinegar will solve some of the calcium of the egg shell and it will allow the egg to take on the dye easier.

3. While the water is boiling, prepare the eggs:
Cut your nylon tights or socks into small pieces fitting the size of an egg into it. 
Put a leave onto the egg, put the egg inside a peace of the nylon tights and tie it snugly around the egg, either with a knot or a string in the back.

4. Set your timer to 10 minutes. Add the eggs to the boiling onion skin stock and hard boil the eggs.

5. Remove the eggs and let them cool. Once they are cooled, take a cloth and rub some oil on the egg. This gives it a nice shine.

The eggs can be kept in your refrigerator for up to one week . Egg Safety

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