With Easter right around the corner, I thought I would share one of my favorite traditions. Dyeing Easter eggs! I know, I know, you buy the dye from the store along with the little cardboard drying rack and Voila! But that’s not how we at Just Bailey Designs like to do things. Why go out and buy all that dye when you can make your own? Today I am going to show you how to take regular white eggs and decorate them using all natural materials.
To get started, you will need Yellow Onion Skins, Beets and Red Cabbage. You could also use Frozen Blueberries, Turmeric or Coffee to name just a few. For the purposes of today, I am going to go one step further and add some designs to my eggs using flowers and leaves from around my yard! If you want to do this, you will need to clip a few flowers or interesting leaves and you will need an old pair of panty hose or very thin socks.
The first thing we are going to do is cut our panty hose into small
segments around 4 inches in length, this could vary based on the size of your eggs.
Always go big if you are unsure and then you can cut off the additional fabric once you have tied it securely.
At this point we can move on to making our dyes. For this project I have 9 eggs and will be dying them 3 at a time.
We place 3 of our eggs into a small 1-qt. pot and cover with water. Next I am going to add the skins of 3 yellow onions. Bring this mixture to a boil and then cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes. Turn off your burner and add a teaspoon of vinegar to your dye. Allow the eggs to sit for a minimum of 3-5 hours to allow the dye to stick. I like to leave them overnight!
**The longer you allow your eggs to sit in the dye, the more saturated the colors will be.**
Repeat this process with all of your dyes. The onion skins will create a rich caramel color. To get a sandy brown, you will use 1 large beet that has been roughly sliced. And to get a blue color, you will use half a red cabbage that has been roughly sliced.
Once we are ready to remove the eggs from the dye and have allowed them to cool, it is time to cut away the panty hose and remove our flowers. Use a paper towel or your fingers to clean away any debris.
To give your eggs a glossy look, apply a small dab of any regular cooking oil, like Canola oil and use it to shine your eggs. Use a paper towel to remove any excess.