Burford's Guide to Natural Egg Dyeing

Natural Decoration for the Easter Table

With Easter Sunday around the corner, we have been looking for exciting ways to decorate the table for Easter lunch with friends and family. Using leaves and flowers as stencils, these naturally dyed eggs are a great way to do so. Covered in charming, organic patterns they will add a rustic accent wherever you place them!

You Will Need

  • 12 Eggs
  • 10 Onion Skins
  • 1 Saucepan
  • A pair of tights
  • Natural string or elastic bands
  • Your choice of leaves or flowers


Begin by adding your onion skins to a saucepan of cold water. Set to a high temperature and bring the water to a boil. Leave your onions for 30 minutes to bring out their natural colour.

Whilst boiling gather together your eggs, tights and leaves or flowers of your choice. We recommend coriander, thyme, or a leafy fern for the best effect.

Using a drop of water stick a couple of leaves or flowers onto your eggs in the desired position.

Cut your tights into 13-centimeter squares and delicately place your eggs onto the individual strips. Wrap the tights around your egg, ensuring the leaves are positioned correctly. Securely tie the ends off with string to keep everything in place.

Next, delicately place your eggs into the boiling water for 8 – 10 minutes. Once done, remove the eggs and carefully dispose of the hot water.

Remove the tights and leaves, then place your eggs into cold water to cool down and enjoy your pretty little Easter decorations!