A Mom’s Guide to Dying Eggs with Onion Skins

Why read: Try this recipe of dying eggs with onion skins for Easter to get rich red Easter eggs.  

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Easter is my favorite holiday! 

What can be better than celebrating our Savior’s Resurrection?!

Since my son was born, every year I take Easter as an opportunity to teach my boy about Jesus. Of course, all need to be presented in a way that is easy to apprehend for a small child. 

And dying eggs is one of the best and most fun ways to do that.

There are a lot of creative ways to decorate Easter eggs, but I always go with the way that comes from my childhood – dying eggs with onion skins and decorating with flower petals. 

Result – red Easter eggs with different patterns on them. The cross pattern is the prettiest, IMHO. 

A bowl of Easter eggs dyed with onion skins

So, if you want to naturally achieve a rich red or burgundy color when dying your Easter eggs using red onion skins (or any onion skin for a lighter color) is the best way to go.

And because this method is natural, you and your family can feast on the eggs without having any concerns about any chemicals getting in your and your children’s body. 

Even if you just dye the eggs plainly in red onion skins, they will already look beautiful.

But you can make things even more interesting by decorating them with herbs, flower petals, carrot tops using the nylon stocking method. There are a couple of tricks for achieving the best result so follow the instructions carefully.

Related: Preparing For Great Easter With Your Child

Easter eggs Naturally Dyed with Onion Skins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Try this recipe of dying eggs with onion skins for Easter to get rich red or burgundy color for your Easter eggs.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Armenian
Keyword: coloring eggs with onion skins, Dying Eggs With Onion Skins
Calories: 78 kcal
Author: Tamara
  • organic white eggs (1 dozen)
  • skins of 8 red onions (the more the richer the color)
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • herbs for decoration (optional)
  • nylon stocking (optional)
  1. You need to start collecting red onion skins 1-2 weeks before Easter. Or you can go to your local grocery shop or farmer’s market and ask if you could collect some red onion skins (that’s what I plan to do).

  2. Soak the onion skins in cold water with the vinegar for a few hours or overnight for richer color. After soaking bring the onion skins to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool.

  3. Before boiling the eggs, soak those in salt water for 30 min to avoid cracking.

  4. Cut the nylon stocking into 5 inch squares. Wet the eggs for better sticking or just take them out of the salt water one by one and start decorating. You can use herbs, flower petals, carrot tops, etc. Stick a couple of leaves or flowers on each egg, then wrap it gently but tightly in the nylon stocking and tie it at the end (be careful so that you don’t break the eggs).

  5. Add the eggs to the onion skin water and boil for 20 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool then cut the stockings and remove the decorations. Pat the eggs dry with a paper towel. If you’d like to add a nice shine to your eggs, rub them with a little oil (any oil would do).

One Last Thing

Make this a fun activity to do with your kids.

You can go together on a hunt of the prettiest flower petals and herbs. And then get your kids to decorate the eggs with the petals.

I am sure they’ll have lots of fun. The way I did when I was little. 

Your Turn 

Is dying eggs with onion skins something you do for Easter? Please share your experience with us in the comments. 


A Mom\'s Guide to Dying Eggs with Onion Skins

6 thoughts on “A Mom’s Guide to Dying Eggs with Onion Skins”

  1. This is so cool! I think my 9 year old would be fascinated by this and would probably start experimenting to see what else she could dye eggs with! I love this activity! Thanks!

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