Easter Eggs!

A non-card related post today. But surely crafty! Hope you’ll enjoy it. Stay tuned for tonight’s card video later on.

It’s tradition in Greece to dye red eggs (or any other color lately) for Easter. If you are into organic and biological foods here is a traditional natural way to dye red eggs!!!

Well, what you do is get the skins of many red onions and boil them! Look what you gonna have:

That’s a red dye!

Now if you like some flower designs on your eggs here is how you can prepare them before you boil them.

You need to collect leaves and flowers from your garden. Then place a leaf or a flower on each egg. And wrap the eggs to hold them in place with net fabric and tie the fabric with thread. (recycling tip: use your old stockings)

Don’t they look lovely?!

Now take the skins out of the pot and put the eggs to boil.

and the result

They are not as red as they would be if you used egg paint but don’t they look lovely?

19 Comments

  1. tejal said:

    These are the most eco-friendly painted eggs I’ve seen. They’re fabulous…

    March 28, 2010
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  2. Rosana said:

    it’s a great idea.
    Happy easter.

    March 28, 2010
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  3. Irini said:

    fabulous eggs!!
    Καλη Ανασταση!

    March 28, 2010
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  4. We dyed with things like this when I was growing up, including beet juice to get a deep red, but I had never thought to use the leaves the way you did to make the patterns. Wonderful family treasures and traditions to pass to your children. Great photos Vicky!

    March 28, 2010
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  5. Jennifer said:

    I just love these eggs what a fun project.

    March 28, 2010
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  6. Karen K said:

    when i was little, my grandpa used to color his eggs with beet juice and they turned out the prettiest purple-red color. He would also use reg onion skins and they turned out a yellow color. Your idea brought back fond memories. They used what they had back then 🙂

    March 28, 2010
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  7. Trinh said:

    What a cool idea, Vicky!

    March 28, 2010
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  8. donna mikasa said:

    Oh, Vicky….Martha Stewart would be so proud of you! I’ve seen a chart with different organic things that are used as dyes with fabulous results! Love your onion skins!

    March 28, 2010
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  9. Pai said:

    lovely!

    March 28, 2010
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  10. NancyK said:

    They certainly do look lovely, Vicky! I love your fabulous way to add a flower element and the natural dye is brilliant. I don’t usually dye eggs but I might give it a try this year, thanks for the beautiful inspiration!

    March 29, 2010
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  11. Virginia L. said:

    Vicky, I just love all the photos-the display, the process, the helpers….Has Martha Stewart come by to take a lesson yet? She should 🙂 Happy Easter to you and family!!

    March 29, 2010
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  12. Janet said:

    They sure do! Thanks for sharing another “craft” tip. Happy Easter to you

    March 29, 2010
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  13. Jennifer said:

    Thank you for sharing…these are fantastic!
    Jenny F.

    March 30, 2010
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  14. Dawn T said:

    Just so clever. I think I’ll try this one… not sure what I’ll do with all the red onions… lots of Greek salad!!!!

    March 30, 2010
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  15. Liz said:

    Vicky, I just loved the look of these Eggs. This is the first year in my 40 years of marriage that I am not dying eggs. Just returned home from visiting my Daughter, Granddaughter and son-in-law in Colorado and won’t have time this year. Yes, the kids have all left the nest (3) and are living in 3 different states in the US. Happy Easter and thanks for sharing.

    April 3, 2010
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  16. jean said:

    These are so pretty. I have seen onion skins used, but never with flowers and plants. Truly beautiful. I did read somewhere to check with your local grocery store to see if they will save the loose onion skins they remove when setting up the display. It’s worth a try.

    April 11, 2010
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    • Vicky said:

      Yes! This is what I do! I am a regular customer and they are very friendly so they always save them for me, if I remind them 🙂

      April 11, 2010
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