It’s so simple! All you need is:
A pair of tights
Flowers/herbs/sequins for decoration
For my eggs I used 9 blown eggs (varying colours) & the skin of 5 onions.
Firstly, soak the onion skins in a bowl of water overnight to release some of the colour.
Once soaked, pour your onion skin & water mixture into a large pan & add some water to fill the pan. Then add 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
Bring to boil & simmer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, get your eggs prepped for dying - cut the tights into sections big enough to fit an egg in & tie a knot in the bottom.
Use a dab of water to apply the leaves or flowers to your egg, then pop in the tights and tie a knot in the other end.
(Flowers & coriander were my most successful ones. Rosemary & thyme were my least successful but look beautiful all the same!)
Gently add the eggs to the pan & simmer for 10 mins. Turn off the heat & let them cool. At this point I wanted to leave them a bit longer to make sure they were all dyed so I popped everything back in the bowl & refrigerated for a couple of hours.
Next is the exciting part! Snip the tights & see what you’ve created!
If you’ve blown the eggs you may need to blow excess water back out of the eggs.
Can you dye blown eggs?
Yes you can blow the eggs before you dye them to keep for decoration or you can use this dyeing method to hard boil them to eat!
How do you blow an egg?
Use a pin to poke a little hole in the top of an egg, and a slightly larger hole in the bottom. Hold the egg over a bowl, place a straw over the top hole & blow. Keep going until the egg is empty.
What else can I use to dye eggs?
Give red onion skins, avocado skins or beetroot a go. All of these natural dyes are taste safe so you can go on to eat the eggs when you are finished!