A client I work for gave me this idea last year. She dyed some eggs with onion skins and they turned out gorgeous. I got these step by step instructions/picture online to share with all of you. You can also use red onion skins too.
Here is what you need to make these kind of Easter eggs:
- onion skins (pieces as large as possible)
- 20 cm (8 inch) squares of cloth
- rubber bands
- a pot of boiling water
- some vegetable oil
Wet EverythingSoak your onion skins in a big bowl of water. Be careful with your onion skins. When they are dry, they are pretty fragile and you want to keep them as large as possible.
Just dip the squares of cloth in the water, then wring them out so they are damp. Also dip the eggs in the water; it helps the onion skins cling to them better.
Wrap The Eggs With Onion Skins
Wrap onion skins around each egg. If you are lucky, you'll have skins from the top or the bottom of an onion. These naturally conform to the shape of the egg. If not, just make sure you cover the entire surface of each egg with pieces of onion skin. The water should help the skins cling to the eggs.
Wrap In ClothPlace an onion skin wrapped egg in the middle of one of your squares of cloth. Wrap the cloth snugly around the egg so the onion skin presses tightly against it. Securely tie off the top of the cloth with a rubber band.
Hard BoilCarefully add each bundled-up egg to a pot of boiling water. Boil them for seven minutes or so, until they are hard boiled. If you happen to crack one of the eggs when you are putting them in, add some salt to the water; that'll supposedly keep the whites from leaking out of the crack.
Rinse In Cold WaterOnce your eggs have boiled long enough, carefully pour off the boiling water and run some cold water into the pot to cool the eggs down.
Unwrap The EggsCarefully remove the rubber bands and take the eggs out of the cloths. Peel off the onion skins (you can toss the used onion skins into your compost). Voila
The shells of the eggs will now be covered with beautiful patterns transferred from the onion skins in shades of brown, yellow, and green.
Give The Eggs Some Shine
Wipe the eggs dry. Put a little vegetable oil (canola oil) on a cloth or paper towel and rub onto the eggs. The oil gives the eggs a nice shine and seals their pores which should help them fresh longer.