Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs Using Onion Skins

These naturally dyed Easter eggs are an easy craft using kitchen scraps and wildflowers. Creating natural dyes with materials gathered from your pantry or backyard is easier than you might think.  

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.  We dyed eggs all different neon colors in plastic cups and laughing at ridiculous designs we drew on them with crayons.

I also remember being nineteen 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 the kids, 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 Aida as we found a purpose for all of the weeds and wildflowers sprouting up in abundance.

Choose Your Natural Dye 

 I used red onion skins 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).

I’m not one for bright colors, so the neutral colors and plant designs we created perfectly feed my love of all things natural.

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