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Here are two quick and inexpensive ways to make distinctive homemade-color Easter eggs.


If you want to color Easter eggs using items you already have around the house, this is a quick way to do it without commercial products or dyes. In fact, you don’t even have to boil the eggs in advance. What could be easier, right?

Ask a grandmother and she’s may have done this before with much success. In the past, they were known as “Depression Easter Eggs,” -- simple, quick and great for an Easter centerpiece.

Depression Easter Eggs


Got red and yellow onions? If so, you are ready to start dyeing eggs for Easter. Actually the kids will squeal with delight using this simple technique.

Gather together:

  • Dozen eggs

  • Two big red onions

  • Two big yellow onions

  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar

  • 2 large pots


First, divide up the eggs and put them in two separate soup pots. Cover the eggs with water and add a teaspoon of vinegar to each pot. Set the pots on the stove top but don’t fire it up quite yet. Next, get the family involved to help you gently peel layers off the onions to expose the colored skins — sure you’ll all need lemons to get the smell off, but the end result is worth it.

Make two piles of onion skins—one red, one yellow. Now that you’ve got those onion skins ready, pop the yellow skins in one pot of eggs, the red in the other. Now heat up the pots of water and bring them to a boil.

Once boiling starts, turn down the flame and simmer for twenty minutes. Allow to cool and gently remove the eggs and place them on a wire rack to dry (paper towels work too). Immediately you’ll be presented with unusual tones of yellows and browns—no two are alike!

Twists on Onion Easter Eggs


You can use crayons to write names or designs on the raw eggs before boiling. During the cooking process, the color doesn't touch the wax parts, leaving us Easter eggs with personality. This works with regular purchased egg dyes too, as well as food coloring.

Another trick—after the onion eggs have simmered for twenty minutes, place the pots in the fridge overnight for an even deeper and richer color.

Tips for Onion Easter Eggs


Add your Easter eggs with those wonderful hues to centerpieces, place in kids' baskets or bring to your Easter gathering. Not only will people be asking you how you did it, the story behind these Great Depression Easter eggs will last for generations.


Using Other Veggies


Other vegetables will dye your eggs different colors than onions do. Try beets, cabbage, spinach, carrots, grape juice, blueberries and raspberries too!

Using Food Coloring


You can also use regular food coloring to dye eggs. Mix 1/2 cup water, 1 Tbsp vinegar and 20 drops of any food color to a small dish or coffee cup. Neon food colors are fun, and mixing colors to come up with custom hues is always a blast for older kids.

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