I love Easter.
It signifies Spring and rebirth.
It’s such a peaceful, yet exhilarating time of year.
Growing up, I remember egg hunts at the church, and at my Maw Maw’s house.
I remember dying eggs all different neon colors in plastic cups
and laughing at ridiculous designs we drew on them with crayons.
I also remember being 19 and looking out from the choir at church to see my high school crush looking back at me, and the feeling that came over me when he came to kneel at the alter call.
I learned later on that he told his grandmother that he saw an angel that day.
I wonder if he still calls me that after six years of marriage? 😛
This is hands down one of my favorite times of the year.
I love making Easter memories with Creek,
and there’s no better way to start than with some egg dying.
I recently spent some time digging in a friend’s garden,
and she shared with me a tradition from her mother-in-law.
Onion skin dyed Easter eggs.
Forage for Materials
I love the idea of using natural materials as dye,
but my favorite part is using these items to create designs on the eggs.
The best part of this entire process was scavenger hunting around our yard with Creek and finding a purpose for all of the weeds and wildflowers sprouting up in abundance.
Choose Your Natural Dye
I used red onion skins in order to create a vibrant natural color.
My eggs aren’t white, so it helped to build contrast
and make the designs that we created with leaves and flowers from the yard really pop.
You could also use beets, turmeric, yellow onion skins, or even blueberries or strawberries.
Just use whatever is in season or that you have on hand.
Be sure to soak your onion skins overnight to release the beautiful color,
and don’t rinse the eggs when you remove them from the dye liquid after boiling.
Give them time to dry so that the color can cure rather than just wash off….
I’d never do something so silly, of course (cough, cough).
- 1 dozen organic eggs
- 3 cups (packed) red onion skins
- 2 tsp white vinegar
- 2 qt water
- natural materials for decorations
- 1 nylon stocking
- Combine the onion skins, vinegar, and water in a pot. Bring to a low boil, then turn off and let steep overnight.
- Cut the nylon stocking into 5 inch squares. Place the natural materials onto the eggs using a drop of water and wrap in nylon stockings, then tie the ends.
- Bring the onion skin, water, and vinegar mixture to a boil.
- Add the eggs to the boiling water one by one and boil for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely. You can remove the eggs at this point, or leave them in the liquid in your fridge overnight to create a deeper color.Once cool, remove the stockings and natural materials and pat the eggs dry. If you'd like to add a little shine you can polish your eggs with a little coconut or olive oil.
I’m not one for bright colors,
so the neutral colors and plant designs we created
perfectly feed my love of all things natural.