Natural Egg Dyeing

[ 3 ] April 10, 2009 |

Beth Curtin is a local mom, crafter and artist extraordinaire. Although a self-confessed technophobe she just launched her lovely creative blog, Acorn Pies.

Beth shows how to dye eggs from things you may already have at home.  She used flowers, leaves and grass from the garden, rubberbands, yellow onions, vinegar, and white eggs to create beautiful eggs–reminiscent of sun prints.

1. First, peel the dry, crackly outer skin from the onions.
2. Now dip your egg into some water.
3. Press some of the flowers, leaves, and grass onto the egg. The water on the egg helps them stick.
4. Now a grownup’s help may be needed. This part is tricky. Cover the egg with the onion skins. Put the largest pieces on the outside.
5. Hold the skins in place with the rubberbands. You should have a tidy little package.
6. Put the egg into a pot and add a couple of tablespoons or so of vinegar. The vinegar helps the onion skin dye to stick to the egg.
7. Heap in all the leftover onion skins and add water to cover the egg. This child threw in the leftover leaves from the garden, too.
8. Now boil the egg for about ten minutes. Let it soak for a while as it cools down. When the egg is cool enough to touch, peel off the rubberbands and the onion skins.
9. The flowers, leaves, and grasses leave beautiful patterns on the egg.

Visit Acorn Pies to see more photos of how to dye eggs the natural way.

Beth Curtin is a Providence artist, portraitist, craftswoman, and mother of three.  She recently went from being a complete technophobe to launching Acorn Pies, a blog for children and their grownups, all because she got a new MacBook.

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Beth Curtin

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Beth Curtin is a portrait artist who primarily works in artist's colored pencils out of her studio in a mill building in Pawtucket. She also enjoys crafts such as knitting, sewing, crocheting, handspinning and toy-making. Her blog, Acorn Pies, emphasizes the joys of art, nature, and outdoor play and publishes craft and toy-making tutorials. In addition to her portrait work, she is currently creating a series of hand-colored lino prints of children at play. These lino prints and Beth's crafts are available online in her etsy store, www.primroses.etsy.com. Beth is married to Bill Curtin, a professor at Brown, and they have three children: Nicholas, 23, is an executive chef in New York City; Cammie, 20, is studying neuroscience at Middlebury College; and Peter, 8, loves to figure out how things work. Learning and creativity figure large in the life of Beth's family.

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  1. Jamie says:

    This is great! We did tumeric, beets, and blueberries for ours this year and they worked well.

  2. maïa says:

    For onions, we used red ones: they gave a rich, dark color to the eggs. We’d wrapped thin rubber bands around the eggs, so the end result was purplish eggs with white twirls around the shell.
    Fun ideas to be found in the simplest things!
    Also, it’s doubly great to use red beets, b/c then you can make hard boiled egg + red beet salad the following day! … and since it’s spring, throw in some chives from the garden 🙂

  3. calendar katy says:

    When we picked up the boys from their grandparents’ house, they had been dyeing eggs with onion skins and I thought, “that is something I’d read about but never, ever, ever, do.” Meanwhile all of you good parents have been doing it all along.

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