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We dyed Easter eggs with onion skins, following the directions I found here. I don't use a lot of onions, so we didn't have a whole bunch of skins, but I still like the way they turned out. And so much better for the kids!


We used flowers and grasses wrapped against the eggs, and dyed them in the dye from both red onion skins and yellow onion skins. We also used a technique just wrapping them in the skins, and I think I had a shallot skin thrown in.

The ones wrapped in the skins came out more tie-dyed, while the ones boiled in dye came out more solid, with flowered designs.

Not all the flowers came out well, but a lot of them came out quite nicely.

This is one that was wrapped in the skin of a yellow onion before boiling:


A big flower:


Blade of grass:


The kids cracked this one, but Lyz & I took a picture of it anyway since we're juvenile and thought it looked like a cock:

I think this was wrapped in smaller pieces of both a red and yellow skin:

Ivy enjoyed dying them.

Realized we could use the flash.

My kids.


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Apr. 15th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
That's how we did them when I was an au pair in Switzerland. If you're interested in seeing them, I have pictures.

Your eggs turned out lovely! I was lamenting the fact that I didn't get my act together to do that this year. Next year, I think I shall have an egg-dying party.
Apr. 15th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Wow, yours turned out a lot better! lol I don't even eat onions, but I went and bought a few just for this experiment. Next time, we'll collect them far longer in advance, and hopefully have better color. It was so much fun though! We may try this more often than just Easter. Making a party of it is fun! My sister Lyz came over, and that's pretty much just what we did.
Apr. 15th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
Wow, gorgeous job on the eggs!
your girls are adorable :)
Apr. 15th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
Thank you to both! Looking at the pics, I can tell how much they've grown - it's been far too long since I did a picture post!
Apr. 15th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
Aww, I love the dog-hug picture!

I always want to try this with eggs, but have not had a kitchen/dining room/table to dye eggs these past 2 seasons. faetal always does it, and I'm jealous. Perhaps next year. :-)
Apr. 15th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Actually, I don't have a table or kitchen space either. I just used the little slip of counter space in front of my sink.
Apr. 15th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
Beautiful eggs! The girls are so cute.
Apr. 15th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The girls definitely get that from their daddy. ;)
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Apr. 15th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
Really? Ha ha, thanks! I always thought she didn't really look like either of us. She's all preening and pleased at the thought. That's kind of cute.
Apr. 15th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Yay for eggs dyed in the traditional Latvian way! I was unable to embrace my heritage in that way this year, so thanks for doing it for me ;)
Apr. 15th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Apparently it's traditional all over! I wish I'd learned about it earlier.
Apr. 15th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Those look amazing! I saw about using silk ties to dye eggs a few weeks ago, but I like the idea of using onion skins more - it's not wasteful as using a tie. I wish I wasn't the only one in my house who likes eggs. I'll never get to do this. :(
Apr. 15th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Sure you can! Just do them in small doses. :) Really, the experience is worth it even if no one eats them. We don't eat onions, but I bought about half a dozen and am now trying real hard to give them away.
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