17 April 2011

Easter tutorial: how to color eggs with onion shells

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, eggs and onion shell. The bigger onion shells the better. Just go to the supermarket and dig around in the onion box. You'll find quit 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, that will make it stick out..and you want to hide that ugly stamp. I recently discovered that putting a little feather makes a beautiful print!

Moist the onion shells and wrap it carefully around the egg. Don't move around the flowers. Red onion shell colors much much more than yellow. But it can color too much. 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 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 or some other grease to make them shine even when they're dry. You don't have to do this but it gives them a extra nice appearance!

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 there is a part in the tutorial which is unclear, please let me know :)

25 comments:

  1. Awesome shit! Jag har faktiskt aldrig provat att koka ägg sådär även om jag har velat sen jag var liten typ. Ska verkligen prova i år!

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  2. never heard about this but i'll try, it's looking damn alluring!

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  3. jeg har ikke hørt om denne metoden før! så utrolig pent det ble! :D fint tips!

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  4. Åh det här ska jag prova i år!

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  5. lovely. thank you for sharing

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  6. wow that is amaaazing x you are very creative.

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  7. Du gav alltså bort vår enda familje hemlighet :D!? aj aj aj...nåja...antar att världen behöver fler vackra saker :). <3 <3 <3 kisses

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  8. Heh, hela Baltikums familjehemlighet i så fall?

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  9. That is incredible!!!!
    You are amazing!!

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  10. wonderful! I will do so for sure!

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  11. Beautiful! I've tried stamping eggs with different plants and heard about onion for coloring, but never together. So, you gave me a good idea for this year! :)

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  12. Åh vad kul, det här ska jag prova! :)

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  13. That's how we colour eggs in Lithuania. I think it's a very easy and effective way of doing this :) We even use the fat, to make them shine!

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  14. wow! thats a very ingenious print! i never have seen something like this before.

    Thanks so much!

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  15. men guuu va fint! glad jag hittade hit

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  16. De første bildene med blomstene og løken over og tråden rundt på det tredje fikk du til å se utrolig lett ut, men kan tenke meg at det er no heftig kludder egentlig. Nå har du gjort det en del ganger da.. Likte forresten veldig godt at du brukte fjäder! Gav et fint trykk.

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  17. I m going to do it this week.. Its so lovely! (L)

    Congratulations for your blog, is nice :)

    Oh! And thanks to share it

    One hug

    Bea M

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  18. Wow! hur häftigt som helst. Måste pröva :)

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  19. brilliant. simple and beautiful. i will try next eastern for sure

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  20. don't know if you know, but instead of putting the onion things right on the egg and use loads of thread you can just cut some old tights in pieces and put them around the egg&flowers. and cook the eggs in the onion-water pot. think it's handier, as i imagine it quite tricky your way.

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