Learn how to dye eggs with onions skins. This all natural dye can be achieved with just onion skin, vinegar and water. Check out the full tutorial below!
Supplies for Onion Skin Egg Dye
- 1 dozen eggs
- 1 dozen yellow onions
- 1 cheese cloth, muslin or sheer fabric to wrap around the eggs. You will need 8 inch squares.
- 2 tablespoons of vinegar
- Elastic bands
- Large pot
Directions for Dyeing Eggs with Onion skins
Peel your onions and remove the outer layers of the skin. Set the skins aside. If you want you can prepare ahead of time by saving your onion skins for a few weeks in a container until you have about a dozen onions worth.
Take your eggs and cover them one by one with the onion skins. The skins are slightly curved and fit around the eggs nicely.
Wrap the onion covered eggs in your fabric squares. You want to use a fabric that will allow the dye to soak though to the eggs and will also hold the onion skins in place.
Secure with an elastic band.
Place the eggs in a pot full of water and the vinegar. Add any left over onion skin to the pot. Bring to a boil and cook the eggs for 10 – 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. The longer you let your onions soak the darker they will be dyed. Be careful with the egg water as it may stain. I put my cooled pot in the fridge for about 2 more hours and these are the shades that I got.
When you are happy with your egg color remove the eggs and pat them dry. You can buff them up a little with some olive oil and a soft cloth.
Because the skins are placed on the egg unevenly you get variations in the color and pattern. They almost look tie dyed!
This is a project you can get the whole family involved with and you can feel good knowing this method of egg dyeing is safe and sustainable.