Dying eggs with onion skins

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by StoneBridge Farm, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. StoneBridge Farm

    StoneBridge Farm Songster

    Dec 19, 2007
    SE Ohio
    Hey all!
    Has anyone ever heard or tried to dye eggs with natural materials such as onion skins? Or have you ever tried to use natural leaves and ferns and such as sort of like a stencil? I believe I saw this in a Country Living Magazine a while back. It did not give instructions. I am really wanting to try something like this, but need help getting started. If anyone knows how...could you email instructions and pics?

    SBF [​IMG]
  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    When I was a kid, my mom showed me how you could dye eggs with mottled shades of brown using onion skins. You just peel off the papery tan skins from the onion, wrap them around the eggs. Hold them on with rubber bands and drop them in hot water and let them sit for a while.

    I don't remember exact details. My mom's parents were from Estonia, and she seemed to think it was an eastern European way to dye eggs.
  3. helmstead

    helmstead Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    Every easter!

    Onion skins make yellow to brown.
    Red cabbage makes robin's egg blue.
    Beets make pink.

    You just cook the raw eggs in the ingredient with water and a couple tbsp white vinegar.
  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Helmstead, I only have brown eggs - what would onion skins do to them? I'm thinking the result would be too subtle to bother with.
  5. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
  6. StoneBridge Farm

    StoneBridge Farm Songster

    Dec 19, 2007
    SE Ohio
    WOW...thanks guys! I can;t wait to try it out.
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    We did pink eggs with beet juice. The longer you leave it the stronger the color.
  8. AhBee01

    AhBee01 Songster

    Nov 7, 2007
    yo. ohio
    How about using old silk ties with or without a print!
    I tried it last year and it was wonderful, easy and fun!
    Here is a link!


    I thought I took pics but I can't find them!
    PS I bought the ties at the thrift store, and you can use the ties over and over again!
  9. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Both of those links are awesome!
  10. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    You can make really cool etched eggs with onion skins and an exactoknife. Boil a lot of onion skins in water and then add a little vinegar and the egg. The more skins in the water and the longer you let it soak the darker it will be. Dry the egg and then scratch off the dyed layer to make an etched design. It only works well for home grown eggs, the store bought type have had the bloom washed off and have a more chalk like texture which doesn't hold the dye well. The color is a lighter yellow than iodine but is nice and dark.

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