Organic Onion Skin Easter Egg Dye

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Craft expert Mary Gallagher-Stout discusses Organic Onion Skin Easter Egg Dye.

    Mary Gallagher Stout: Hi! I am Mary Gallagher Stout. Today, we are decorating Easter eggs. In this clip, you will see decorating with natural raw materials.

    What we are doing now is Onion Skin Eggs. This is a very easy, very fun, very organic way of dying your Easter eggs using natural elements form the earth. So what we are going to do is we are going to put the onion skins and surround the eggs with the onion skins. The onion skin is going to make it a beautiful color. Some people when they use this method, they just put the eggs directly into the pot with the onion skin. I don't see that because I think you get a deeper, richer color when you wrap them and keep them on the onion itself. Then you are just going to take a rubber band and secure the rag around your onion skinned egg. What's really cool about this is you don't have to use any dye, its all organic.

    You can use different things that you find in your kitchen to make different color dyes. Like you can use spinach, wrap in spinach to make it green; you can use cumin or turmeric, put that spice around, wrap it around, that will turn them yellow; you can use red cabbage. When you wrap it in red cabbage, you get a beautiful robins blue egg.

    So really, it doesn't matter what color your skin is. You just need to wrap it throughly and then put it in a pot of water. You are going to simmer it for about 30 minutes, let it sit until it becomes room temperature. Then you are going to take it out and let them dry overnight. You certainly could open them at that point, but if you really want them to be a very dark vibrant color, you want to sit and let them sit overnight. Let them dry and then unwrap your little beautifully, naturally colored eggs without using any dyes. Coming up next, I will show you a really fun Tie-Dyed technique to make freaky-dickey Easter eggs.