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Three Ways to Color Easter Eggs Using One Completely Natural Dye
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 03/26/2012 - 19:30
Maybe I should have named this post - An Ode To An Onion Skin!
All of these lovely Easter Eggs - dyed using nothing more than yellow onion skins! How much more natural can you get?
Recently I came across three ways to color eggs for celebrating Easter - Estonian, Russian and Greek! And they all employed the same exact dying agent - yellow onion skins! You know me! I had to try them all. And THAT was too much fun!
Estonian Easter Eggs - hands down my very favorite! Must make some using blown out eggs so I can keep them.
These are fresh eggs boiled in the usual way with one tiny exception - before being dipped into boiling water, they are wrapped in yellow onion peels!
Once the dying process is completed you will have a lovely little surprise package to open.
Kids will get a huge kick out of opening each onion peel wrapped package to see what happened inside! Every single egg will be different.
Why did I only save enough skins for two eggs? I could have done this all afternoon!
Dying eggs with this method is easier and quicker and each egg develops a slightly different shade.
I do like the soft, natural color and am thinking blown out eggs colored using this method would be a great base for future Pysangle or Faux Pysansky eggs!
Aaaaaaaah... those lovely, brilliant deep red Greek eggs! I have always wondered how the Greeks got that deep color.
Yellow Onion Skins! Here is the tutorial on About.com.
Dare I admit that I was seriously doubting this one all during the process until I pulled these lovely deep pepper red eggs from the dye bath?
Shortly after my little egg dying adventure, I found this post on Lavender and Lovage where the egg dying method I mentioned above as traditional Estonian is described as being old English! I am beginning to think this method of using onion peels may be quite common throughout Europe.
In any case, pop over to see Karen's gorgeous eggs! So beautiful.
I had almost completely forgotten that three years ago I actually tested out several fruits and veggies as potential egg dye options! Pop over if you are curious about which is what.
Guess which one is dyed using onion skins? I tried lots of things from spinach to blueberries but found most of the results too subtle for my taste - except the blueberry! LOVED the blueberry egg!
Don't get me wrong - the subtle colored eggs make my eyes happy - but I prefer them to be "hen laid"! Like these Amy Grennell collected from her very own hen house! Beautiful indeed. Don't you just love the way she laid them out like a rainbow?
Happy "Easter is almost here"!