Monday, March 22, 2010

The Monday Recipe Blog

Make Some Beautiful Onion-Skin Colored Easter Eggs!

Happy Monday!  Easter is approaching, so what about a "recipe" for colored Easter eggs today?

Here’s a nice, natural twist on the usual, brightly dyed Easter eggs – Coloring them with onion skins!

Onion skins produce a brownish marbled color that is truly striking, and the colors will not run if the eggs get wet in the morning dew. The colors will not rub off on little hands, either, because no commercial dyes are used.

These bronze marbled eggs are really beautiful in a crystal bowl as an Easter decoration. If they are hidden outside for the kids, they can produce a real challenge since they blend in better with the browns of nature.

Your kids (and you) will really enjoy coloring these eggs by using a natural color source.

Here are the directions:

You will need:

5 Red Onions

5 Yellow Onions

Cheesecloth, cut into 12 1-inch squares

Dozen Eggs

Separate the colored outside layers of each onion. This is what you will use. Put the remainder of each onion aside – you can use these later for other things.

Place two layers of onions on a square of cheesecloth, and put an egg on top of that. Gently wrap the onion layers and cheesecloth around the egg so that it is complete covered by the onion.

Secure this with a rubber band and set it aside.

Follow this process with the remaining eggs, onion and cheesecloth.

Set a large pot of water on the stove and add the wrapped eggs. Cover and bring to a boil, then remove from heat and let stand for at least fifteen minutes. Then rinse the eggs with cool water, snip the rubber band and remove the onion and cheese cloth.

Rinse and dry each egg.


  1. pleasure to find such a good artical! please keep update!! ........................................

  2. I really like this idea and am quite willing to try it.

  3. Thank you, jswana! I'll bet these would be beautiful as Easter decorations - I'm hoping to make some up this year.