15 April 2014

Easter tutorial: How to color eggs with onion shells

Every year I re-post this tutorial for my favorite season, easter :)
For me, this is the only way to color easter eggs! With flowers, leafs, feathers and onion shell. Most people I meet have never heard of this method (unless they're from eastern europe that is). So I thought I would share it with you.

This is what you need! Flowers, leafs, string, raw eggs and yellow and red onion shell. The bigger onion shells the better. Just go to the supermarket and dig around in the onion box. You'll find quite a lot!

Moist the egg and the flowers/plants with water, that will make it easier for them to stick to the egg. Don't put flowers over the eggs stamp, it will make it appear more clearly. I recently discovered that putting a little feather makes a beautiful print!

Moist the onion shells and wrap them carefully around the egg. Don't move around the flowers. Red onion shell colors much more than yellow. But it's difficult to know hat the result will be. Some shells give SO much color and some give less. It's beautiful when you put little pieces of red onion shell around the egg though.

Wrap the string tight around the egg. String that's wrapped around sloppy will fall of when it's cooking. Also, use a lot of string. The tighter you spinn the flowers and onion to the egg, the better prints you'll get.

Put all the eggs together with the onion shell leftovers into a pot. Cook it for about 12-15 minutes. These eggs are supposed to be eaten and not hung on branches!

Rinse the cooked eggs in cold water and wrap the string and onion shell carefully of.

This beautiful print was made with a little white swan feather. The reddish tone on the right is from red onion shell.

Rub the eggs in bacon to make them shine even when they're dry. You don't have to do this but it gives them a extra nice appearance! It's worth the effort :)

Go outside and find some nice moss, the eggs will look beautiful resting on it :) Good luck! I hope you try this during eater. If you're not an onion fan you can always give it a try with silk otherwise!  Here's a tutorial on how to do it with silk ties.

I made a printable DIY for this last year. You can get the picture in high-res HERE !


  1. I might try this. Although i really don't like the taste of a hardboiled egg. But i'll make them for my family then.

  2. Wow they look beautiful, I've never seen a diy like this!xx

  3. Great work but very beuatyful eggs:-)

    Never seen it before. Thank you.

    Ole from Denmark

  4. Very beautiful – have you tried out to color with beetroot (rote beeten) or with nutshells (walnuts)?

  5. and every year
    i enjoy it

    wish you happy days!

  6. Is there a substitute for the raw bacon. I want mine to look shiny, too, but I'm not sure about using raw bacon.

  7. it seems very beautiful and it is something new.

  8. I'm buffing mine with coconut oil. Gives it the same sheen, but without the bacon smell. :)

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  10. How clever- I love the way the pattern is transferred to the egg shell

  11. Very beautiful! To do next easter :-)

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