I wanted to do something a little different for our Easter Eggs this year, and after searching for inspiration on Pinterest, I discovered how to make natural dyed leaf printed easter eggs using red onion skins and botnicals from our garden to create a beautiful leaf patina. These were really simple to make and the kids loved the whole process, from picking the leaves in our garden to designing pretty patterns and waiting with anticipation while the eggs sat in our dye pot.
This doesn’t have to be a craft saved only for easter – they would make beautiful boiled eggs for a summer picnic. The result was rich hues of pink and red and interesting relief tones from the botanicals. Whilst I appreciate next Easter is a long way off you can pin the recipe for later so it’s stored ready to be tried and tested.
Naturally dyed easter eggs with leaf print relief
- 6 red onion skins
- 1/8 cup vinegar
- 1/2 dozen eggs - I used brown and white
- a selection botanicals - leaves, stems, petals, flower heads
- 1 pair old nylons
- Choose a selection of pretty botanicals from the garden or out on a walk.
- Dip the eggs into some water and stick individual leaves, flower heads and petals onto each egg
- Take the old nylons and wrap around each egg tying both ends with a knot to secure
- Peel the onions and place the skins in a large pot.
- Cover with water and a good glug of vinegar and boil
- Add the eggs and leave to bubble gently for 30 minutes
- Allow to cool before removing the nylon and leaves to reveal the beautiful patina beneath
- If you plan to eat these keep refrigerated until serving
If you’d like to see our other hand dyed eggs from previous years click here