Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Planning an Easter egg hunt with the kids but don’t want them overloaded on sugar? These naturally dyed Easter eggs will do the trick.

A kitchen staple, you can use onion skins to create beautiful, naturally dyed Easter eggs. Not only is this a great activity to do with the kids, it also ensures they don’t simply equate Easter with chocolate and sugar. Who says you need that sweet poison to have a fun Easter egg hunt anyway?!

How to make naturally dyed Easter eggs

What you will need:

Naturally dyed Easter eggs

Step 1:

Wet an egg with water and decorate it with leaves, flowers and feathers (water helps decorations to stay in place for the next step).

Naturally dyed Easter eggs

Step 2:

Dunk onion skins in water to soften and wrap them around the decorated egg. Using a mix of red and brown onion skins will give you lovely gradations of colour on your egg.

Naturally dyed Easter eggs

Step 3:

Once your egg is snug in a few layers of onion skins wrap thread tightly around it in multiple directions to secure.

onion skin egg
onion skin egg
onion skin egg

Step 4:

Add wrapped eggs, any leftover onion skins and water to a pan. Bring to the boil and simmer eggs for 10-15 minutes. Remove them from the pot and let them cool. (Handy tip: you can save dyed water for any other crafty projects calling for onion dye.)

onion skin eggs ready to boil
cooling onion skin eggs

Step 5:

The moment of truth! Unwrap your eggs and peel away floral decorations to reveal each unique design. You can buff each egg with some olive oil on a scrap of fabric for extra shiny-power!

unwrapping an onion skin egg
onion skin egg
onion skin egg
onion skin egg

Your finished naturally dyed Easter eggs can be squirrelled away for Easter Sunday morning, or you can use them as a table decoration in the lead up to Easter.

An old ball of wool, hollowed out to make a nest, makes a beautiful basket for your finished onion skin eggs. Happy Easter egg hunting!

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