NATURAL EASTER EGGS
M A R B L E I Z E D W I T H O N I O N S K I N S
I never cared for traditional Easter eggs prepared with chemical dyes. The colors were too gaudy for my taste. So, I was delighted to find this simple way of dyeing eggs in my herb book. Boiling eggs wrapped in onion skins produces beautiful marbleized Easter eggs without the mess or expense of coloring kits. Some eggs are so beautiful you'll wish to keep them forever. This method is totally organic, meaning you can eat the eggs, and the materials are free. Try this project yourself or with your children or little grandchildren.
Mixing marbleized eggs and natural brown eggs in a basket of wild grasses is all you need for a beautiful spring centerpiece.
6 fresh eggs (I used brown eggs but may use white - not hard boiled)
Cheesecloth or pantyhose, or cotton cloth to wrap eggs
Save the skins from yellow onions for several weeks. I found plenty at the bottom of the onion bag for 6 eggs.
Wrap the onion skins around the fresh egg. A leaf pressed on the egg before wrapping in onion skins will create interesting imprints. Tip: They will stick better if the egg shell and onion skins are both wet.
Cut six pieces of cheesecloth. Wrap each egg to cover the onion skins. Secure with two rubber bands.
Fill a large pot with cold water and add the wrapped eggs. Cover and bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and let stand for 15 minutes.
Rinse the eggs under cold water and snip off the rubber bands to remove the cheesecloth. Open the little gifts to see what beautiful designs have been created. Each one will be different. Dry the eggs and polish with olive oil to add shine and deepen the color.
Have fun creating eggs that capture the essence of springtime!