Onion Skins – Natural Color to Your Easter Eggs

Dyeing and decorating eggs is an Easter tradition. The fun part is, there are so many ways to do it.

For this post I will select easy and natural way – ONION SKINS.

Yes, we are dyeing Easter eggs naturally with onion skins.My grandmother and my mother made the most beautiful Easter eggs using this method.

Now you can do it too. Just follow instructions below and you will hear comments like: ” Beautiful! Those are the prettiest Easter eggs I’ve ever seen!”

And smile. (because our life is the biggest joke …just watch TV).

Now, let’s do it!

Easter Eggs
5 Star Cookies – Easter Eggs

To make this process success we will need the following:

-skin of organic yellow onions

-pantyhose (buy in $ Store)

-pot of boiling water


The eggs will come dark reddish-brown and you will impress your friends, family and your kids.

It is simple, easy and NATURAL!

Onion Skins - Natural Color to Your Easter Eggs

Onion Skins - Natural Color to Your Easter Eggs


  • Skin of Organic Onions (between 6 to 10 lbs)
  • Pantyhose (Dollar Store)
  • Pot of Boiling Water
  • 1 TBSP Vinegar
  • 20 Eggs


  1. Cut about 5 inch sections of the pantyhose (enough to wrap around an egg and make a knot)
  2. Gently wrap the pantyhose over the egg and pull tight to keep it in place and allow dye to soak through. Tie a secure knot in the back.
  3. Fill the pot with water (it must cover the eggs, and place the burner on medium.) and 1 Tbsp vinegar.
  4. Add eggs and when water starts to boil,boil for about 25-30 minutes.
  5. Take eggs out of the pot.
  6. Turn cool water on over them and gently remove the pantyhose.
  7. Rub them with the bacon or with olive oil.

If you want to see what you did to poor skin onions…

Onion Skin - What is left of me
Onion Skin

Or if you want to see dark life of onion skins….look below

Dark Life of Onion Skins
Dark Life of Onion Skins

I know the picture above is not pretty…but see your final product below.  I love my eggs…specially with the glossy finish

Eggs and Bacon
Eggs and Bacon

I did say, you will hear: “Beautiful! Those are the prettiest Easter eggs I’ve ever seen!”

Eggs in Cage
Eggs in Cage


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4 thoughts on “Onion Skins – Natural Color to Your Easter Eggs”

  1. Hi Cookie,

    I love your web site and I really want to try using onion skins for eggs. I am just not sure how much onion skin do I need to use? It says 6 to 10 lbs? So, what is the amount I should use and why is the huge range?
    P.S. I love your pictures. My favorite ones are from your post “Dream Bars” and “Pink Hot Chocolate”.

    • Hi Melody,
      You can use any amount you want. (confusing is it?)
      If you use 6 or 7 lbs of the onion skins the color of eggs will be lighter compare to 9 or 10 lbs of skins.
      So, my answer to you you can’t go wrong. Just have fun…be like kid and play with it…


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