Isn’t the result beautiful! Stunning and no two are a like. If you like, you can then drop these into traditional dyes and see what you come up with. My favorites were green and blue.
You start with a collection of onion skins … the dry crackly brown skins that surround regular onions, raw eggs, and a leg from old pantyhose, a trouser sock, or even the netting onions are sold in works.
Place in a pan of cool water, submerge a few times to start to saturate the stocking and skins. Set on stove and turn on the heat. Bring to a boil and simmer 1 minute. Rotate the link of eggs, turning them over part way through the process.
The water will go from clear to yellow, to orange and then red … it’s working!!
Once you’re pretty sure the eggs are cooked, remove your link of eggs from the pot and place on paper toweling to cool. Once they are cool enough to touch you can cut apart the stocking (unless you have the patience of Job to undo each knot) or undo your rubber bands to remove each onion skin egg bundle.
And this is what you’ll find inside:
So beautiful and unique! They catch everyone’s eye and make a lovey addition to an Easter or Spring centerpiece given their rich, earthy colors. So start saving your onion skins and pin this for next year!
By the way, an old homemaking tip from our grandmothers … my mother-in-law said they would add a couple onion skins to the water when they hard boiling eggs to dye. Apparently, it helps the color dye adhere to the eggs.