You will need
Red onions, eggs, old tights, foliage
Place the red onion skins in the saucepan, and cover with water. Add a few tablespoons of vinegar, and then boil for 10 minutes or so while you move on to the next step.
Cut a pair of old tights into tubes long enough to wrap the eggs in and set them aside.
You need to be able to knot the ends of the tube together to keep each egg safe.
Decorate the eggs with leaves and flowers. You can lightly dampen the eggshell with a cloth to help them to stick. Grass blades work well for stripes and clover makes good spots.
Place each egg in one of your tight tubes to hold the decorations down. Tie the ends securely with a knot or use elastic bands.
Carefully lower the eggs into the saucepan of onion-dyed water, ensuring they’re entirely covered, and simmer for a further 30 minutes.
Leave to cool in the mixture before rinsing and unwrapping the eggs. Rub them with a little olive oil to make your designs shine.
Illustrations: Alan Bately
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