Natural Egg Dying

Hello! My name is Missy Maxwell, a guest blogger and artist, here with a more “natural” take on egg dying. I lived with my Grandma for a few years growing up. She always had neat tips and tricks for using common household items in new ways. She taught me to save yellow onion skins for a few weeks before Easter, and use them to dye my eggs. I am going to share this process with you today. 


  • A dozen white eggs
  • Skins from at least 5 yellow onions
  • Mixing bowl
  • Water
  • Old nylon stockings
  • Scissors
  • A stove
  • Large saucepan with lid


  1. Fill the mixing bowl with water and let the onion skins soak. 
  2. Take an egg and place some onion skins on the egg. Cover the whole surface.
  3. Cut off the foot of the nylon stocking about 8 inches from the toe. 
  4. Place the onion skin covered egg in the stocking, down to the toe, then tie. The stockings will keep the onion skins in place. 
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for each egg. You don’t need a “toe end” for each egg. You can just tie a knot on each side of the egg to hold the skins in place. 
  6. With the help of a grownup put all the eggs in a large saucepan and cover them with one inch of water. 
  7. Put the saucepan on the stove and turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. 
  8. Remove from heat and cover with a lid. Let the eggs sit for 10 min. 
  9. Run eggs under cold water. 
  10. Set eggs aside for 1 hour. 
  11. Cut the nylons off each egg and remove the onion skins. Ta-da! 

Now you have some beautiful, naturally tie-dyed hard boiled eggs! They turn out different and interesting each time. I’ve also experimented with putting small flowers/leaves/fern fronds under the onion skins and had good results. Have fun!