These eggs are great because they are "slow movement" style - you know "slow food" and all that? Slow down, take a breath, enjoy the process...
I was introduced to dyeing Easter eggs with onion skins by a wonderful preschool teacher, Mrs. Axtell. She has since retired but she was the queen of old school, do it right, hands on creativity. And she taught it to three years olds, and she did it with joy.
So here you are,
old panty hose,
an assortment of leaves, weeds, and flowers (Mrs. Axtell usually brought in a magnificent collections of pressed leaves and flowers but we pick ours fresh and we do not get the same results, but we have fun)
vinegar and water
I actually wrote about this in April of 2009 and the pictures are pretty good, check here
and I wrote a brief piece for Yahoo Voices (when it was Associated Content) with full directions here
assorted ingredients gathered
MLyon's favorite egg, you may be able to see the clover leaf?
and here is a small collection of eggs. The grey one was an experiment. I found some cranberries probably from Christmas, in the back of the fridge, so we tried cranberry eggs and got the grey. Not what we were hoping for, but I do enjoy experimenting! We are decorating in small batches this year as we are fitting it all in around the many activities, so I have another batch on the stove waiting to come out.
Mrs. Axtell says if you don't crack them and do not store them in air tight containers then they can last for years. Unfortunately I have never been successful in keeping small hands form holding them and playing with them and so I do not have first hand experience with long lasting eggs ;)
I am linking to the "Show off Your Stuff" Party:
and "Show and Share" at Southern Lovely