Every Easter, as long as I can remember, my Grandma dyed the prettiest leaf and floral imprinted Easter eggs! They were so natural and lovely, but produced with nothing more than an easily concocted natural dyestock and little bits of flora. We lost my Grandma last year and for the first time, Jaydin and I recreated her dye with spanish onion skins, water and a few tablespoons of vinegar. We also purchased a few pair of cheap panty hose and elastic hair bands. Jaydin went on a walk and came back with some leaves and flower petals for our imprints – we also used some herbs in the refrigerator.
We first skinned about 10 spanish onions and placed the skins into a medium sauce pan along with about 4.5 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. We covered our pot and simmered on medium low for about 30 minutes. Although I’ve seen the results before when my grandma made them, it shocked me at what a vibrant dark reddish brown the onion skins produced.
We placed our leaf and/or flower petals onto the raw eggs and wrapped them tightly in a small piece of nylon securing both ends with elastic pony tails. You can also cut the nylon pieces a little longer and secure the two ends by tieing them together in the back of the egg.
We placed all of our eggs into the dye pot and hard boiled them by bringing the pot to a very light simmer on medium heat and lowering the temperature to low then covering them for about 12 minutes. We let our eggs sit in the dye pot until they were cool enough to handle. You can then put them in a glass bowl or mason jar and place them into the refrigerator until they are as dark as you’d like.
We removed them to reveal our pretty natural looking eggs. We even loved the light spiral effect that the nylons gave them. Closer to Easter we will try again with some black beans which should produce a beautiful vibrant blue color. I may have gotten a little ahead of myself in the joy of recreating this lovely springtime memory.