When I was a little girl, every Easter, as long as I can remember, my Aunt and my Grandma dyed the prettiest leaf and floral imprinted Easter eggs! They were so natural and lovely and easily produced with nothing more than a concocted natural dye-stock and little bits of garden plants.
If you think these are beautiful and if you ever wondered how it’s done, just follow these simple steps …
Skin about 10 Spanish onions and place the skins into a medium sauce pan along with about four and half cups of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar. Covered the pot and simmer on medium low for about 30 minutes.
Place your leaf and/or flower petals onto the raw eggs and wrap them tightly in a small piece of nylon securing both ends with elastic pony tails. You can also cut the nylon pieces a little longer and secure the two ends by tying them together in the back of the egg.
Place all of your eggs into the dye pot and hard boil them by bringing the pot to a very light simmer on medium heat and lower the temperature to low then cover them for about 12 minutes. Let your eggs sit in the dye pot until they are cool enough to handle. You can then put them in a glass bowl or mason jar and place them into the refrigerator until they are as dark as you’d like.
Remove them to reveal your pretty natural looking eggs. And you are done 🙂
I love these beautiful eggs. The folk art methods are getting lost, thank you for reminding us of this.