Here is what you need to make these kind of Easter eggs: - eggs - onion skins (pieces as large as possible) - 20 cm (8 inch) squares of cloth - rubber bands - a pot of boiling water - some vegetable oil I start saving onion skins for a month or two before Easter... I guess that's pretty much all of Lent. If you don't have enough onion skins saved up by Easter,…
step 2Wet Everything
Soak your onion skins in a big bowl of water. (I just used a small bowl since I made a single egg for this demonstration.) Be careful with your onion skins. When they are dry, they are pretty fragile and you want to keep them as large as possible. Just dip the squares of cloth in the water, then wring them out so they are damp. Also dip the eggs in the water; it he…
step 3Wrap The Eggs With Onion Skins
Wrap onion skins around each egg. If you are lucky, you'll have skins from the top or the bottom of an onion. These naturally conform to the shape of the egg. If not, just make sure you cover the entire surface of each egg with pieces of onion skin. The water should help the skins cling to the eggs.
step 4Wrap In Cloth
Place an onion skin wrapped egg in the middle of one of your squares of cloth. Wrap the cloth snugly around the egg so the onion skin presses tightly against it. Securely tie off the top of the cloth with a rubber band.
step 5Hard Boil
Carefully add each bundled-up egg to a pot of boiling water. Boil them for seven minutes or so, until they are hard boiled. If you happen to crack one of the eggs when you are putting them in, add some salt to the water; that'll supposedly keep the whites from leaking out of the crack.
step 6Rinse In Cold Water
Once your eggs have boiled long enough, carefully pour off the boiling water and run some cold water into the pot to cool the eggs down.
step 7Unwrap The Eggs
Carefully remove the rubber bands and take the eggs out of the cloths. Peel off the onion skins (you can toss the used onion skins into your compost). Voila The shells of the eggs will now be covered with beautiful patterns transferred from the onion skins in shades of brown, yellow, and green.
step 8Give The Eggs Some Shine
Wipe the eggs dry. Put a little vegetable oil (I used canola oil) on a cloth or paper towel and rub onto the eggs. The oil gives the eggs a nice shine and seals their pores which should help them fresh longer.
step 9The Finished Eggs
There you have it. Use your Easter eggs as decorations for a few days, then crack, peel, & eat 'em. (Ever since I was a little kid, I always crack my hard boiled eggs against my forehead!) When you peel the eggs, you'll notice that some of the colour has bled through the