Dinosaur Easter Eggs - Make Them Using Kool-aid and Yellow Onion Skins!

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Through a bit of serendipity, what began as a "failed" Easter egg coloring experiment using Kool-aid and yellow onion skins turned to be a huge success!!! Presenting Dinosaur Eggs!! More specifically - Sauropod Eggs!

Sauropod Egg

Perfect right? This one is the real deal - recently donated to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro, Oregon

We happen to volunteer as curator assistants a couple days a month. During our last visit when I saw this beauty nestled in my sweetie's hand I thought - OMG - I didn't fail - I made Dinosaur Easter Eggs!

And just how did I do that? Well - playing around with onion skin dye again - like last year only with color! Kool-aid in this instance.

Koolaid and onion skin process

Dyeing eggs with yellow onion skins is not only one of the oldest and most natural egg coloring tricks around, it is also one of the easiest!

And this year I figured out - actually my brilliant sweetie figured out - that I don't really have to purchase a dozen onions! He simply rummaged around in the onion bin and collected the skins that had already fallen to the bottom. ( We added a couple onions to the bag just to be nice!!!)

Koolaid and onion skin process

After allowing the eggs to warm up to room temperature, I wrapped them in a couple onion skins, then in foil (per this tutorial) and carefully dropped them into about 4 - 5 cups of boiling Kool-aid water! (Recipe - 4-5 cups water, one packet of Kool-aid.)

Use a stainless steel pan to prevent any other reactions!!

I boiled the eggs for 7 minutes, turned off the heat and allowed them to cool to room temperature. (If you can't wait that long - cool enough to handle happens in about half an hour.)

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And then the really fun part! Unwrapping the egg and seeing what happened!!! This one was cooked in "Ice Blue Raspberry"Kool-aid!

Koolaid and onion skin process

And another! And another!

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This one - Black Cherry!

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And this one - Peach Mango!

I was all prepared to go purchase more colors and then I noticed something weird happening!

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White powdery residue formed all over the egg.

I have no idea what it is or why it happened. It does not rub off. And until I saw the Sauropod egg, I was thinking that my little experiment was an utter failure! Thank goodness I didn't act on my impulse to toss them out right away!

Koolaid and onion skin process

FYI - the Ice Blue Raspberry and the Peach Mango both tend to make an opaque "brew" while the Black Cherry "brew" remains clear. Opaque or transparent - same results.

What I particularly love about dying eggs with yellow onion skins is that the boiling and coloring happen in the same step! And then there is the magic of opening those little packets to see what happened! Every egg will be different.

But to be on the safe side, since I do not know why the eggs are coated with this residue, I do not recommend they be eaten. I am sure they are fine, but i always error on the safe side!

Let the kids make a Dinosaur nest with clay or mud or straw or moss and enjoy the eggs as a display. I mean - what kid doesn't want his own Dinosaur eggs? Dinosaur Easter Eggs will last at least a couple weeks or so. Maybe even longer!

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And here is an option you might like!

After about a week in the Dinosaur nest, I was growing more and more fond of my Dinosaur eggs!

And then I remembered that a clever egg crafter had once suggested in a post that rubbing cooking oil over the surface would polish colored eggs. I didn't actually have any cooking oil at the time, so I used Pam cooking spray! I was thinking the underlying colors would pop.

I was surprised to find that the powdery residue nearly vanished!  The egg colors were restored to what they were while still wet.

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And after several hours - even more of that powdery residue disappeared!

BUT to be totally honest - I sort of wish I had left mine alone now - I rather liked them as Dinosaur Eggs! But - in the interest of crafty science….

Having only tried three flavors of Kool-aid - I am hoping some of you will let me know what flavors worked best for you!

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You might also let the kids play with coloring eggs using this age old method in the more traditional ways described here!

And while the Dinosaur eggs are cooling to room temperature, let the kids do some pysansky doodling on brown eggs. The eggs in this post were colored using Sharpie felt tip markers and were hollowed out prior to coloring.

But they can also be preboiled and drawing applied with Wilton's Food Writer Edible Color markers. See how here!

You and your hubs are

You and your hubs are hilarious! I can just picture you in the grocery store, digging through the onion bin to get the fallen skins at the bottom. Totally sounds like something I would do. I can imagine a Nancy Drew Mystery: "The Case of The Missing Onion Skins", hee hee!

I just went down the egg colouring rabbit hole by the way. You are a master at egg colouring aren't ya? I just love the faux Pysanski ones! And these dinosaur ones? My little one would love you!

They're amazing! When I saw

They're amazing! When I saw them I immediately thought Jurassic Park. It's fantastic the way you share all these steps, such fun results. x

First of all I LOVE this

First of all I LOVE this idea!!! Simple AND cheap!!! Two things that are wonderful!!! I am going to try a small batch within the next couple of days. I do have one question, did you use white or brown eggs? Only asking because of the post drawing on brown eggs.

By the way....Hillsboro?!?!?! Both of my sons were born there! I started going when i was a kid, to see my grandma. And I lived in the general area for 10 years after my daughter was born. In fact, I met my current hubby there, and drug him out here to Wyoming where I grew up. (The kids couldnt even cross the street by themselves, and here, with in reason, they can go just about anywhere in town.)

Thanks for the awesome idea for the eggs!

Jaqulyn, I actually used

Jaqulyn, I actually used white eggs because I wanted the colors to be as bright as possible.  Remember, when i started, i was not going for dinosaur eggs!!!

Brown eggs will work fine, but I think the colors will be less noticeable.  White eggs would be the best bet in my opinion.

So glad you like the idea!!!  Let me know how it works for you.

wooow this is great, awesome

wooow this is great, awesome tute, i knew that you could dye with onions, i had done that with wool fibers, but never with eggs.
Beautiful effect, love it.
I hope this comment will be viewed by you. last time my computer failed-S
Stupid machines.LOL
Well done , it rocks.
have a great easter time, Many xo's

WOW!! These are SO cool! I

WOW!! These are SO cool! I bet I have two little boys that will LOVE doing this! Just in time for Spring Break, too- we needed a fun activity to do! Thanks, Pam!

I loove the dinosaur eggs!!

I loove the dinosaur eggs!!

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