How to Colour Easter Eggs Naturally

Make your Easter a bit greener and more sustainable by colouring the eggs naturally.  Brown Easter eggs are my favourite for two reasons:

  1. the colour is natural and so simple to make,
  2. brown is strong enough for our chickens’ brown eggs.

Here in Australia,  I rarely see white eggs.  Our chickens’ eggs range from cream to medium brown.  Singapore, our black chicken lays the lightest coloured eggs – she is very popular around Easter time :-).

How to Colour Easter Eggs Naturally

Here are step by step instructions with photos for colouring your Easter eggs naturally.

You need:

  • hard boiled eggs
  • old stockings, washed preferably :-), cut into several 15 cm (6 inches) pieces
  • lots of brown onion skin (outer layer only)
  • large pot
  • herb leaves like parsley
What you need for Easter Eggs


1. Bring a large pot of water to boil together with the onion skin.  Boil for about 10 min.

2. Place a chosen leaf face down on the egg.

"Green" Easter eggs

3. Tie a knot on one end of the stocking, carefully put the egg and tie the other end.

How to: parsley Easter egg

4. Stocking should be very tight to press the leaf so no colour gets under it.

Colour Easter Eggs Naturally

5. Place the eggs into the pot with onion skin in it. The water doesn’t need to boil, but should be hot.

Onion skin egg colour

6. Leave the egg in the onion water for at least 5 min or longer depending on the colour of the egg and desired colour depth.  Check after a few minutes.

7. Once happy with the colour, take the egg out, cut the knot with the scissors, remove stocking and the leaf and let it dry.

8. Rub some oil to give the egg nice shine.

These eggs are safe for eating.  Happy colouring!

Do you have a natural egg colouring method you would like to share?  Please do so using the comment form below!

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