To make your own, you will need
- old thin stockings or tights. Holes don't matter
- Some small decoratively shaped leaves and flowers. Soft leaves are best
- lots of onion peel
- a pot
- hot water
- maybe some string
- white eggs
- some oil or bacon
- an egg puncher
Punch a small hole into your egg. If you don't have the custom kitchen implement, I find cork screws a good replacement. Then distribute a few leaves over it, putting them as flat against the egg as possible and hold them in place by sticking the eggs into your old stockings. Tie them off, either directly with the stocking or using some string.
Put your onion peel in a pot big enough to hold all your eggs, cover with enough water to cover the eggs later and bring to the boil. When the water is bubbling, put in your eggs and boil them for 10 minutes. Take them out, rinse them quickly under cold water and cut off the stockings. Peel off any remaining leaves. To make them shiny, rub a little bit of oil or a piece of bacon over the eggs before they cool.
The other eggs were died using shop-bought natural colours using the same technique. It still worked brilliantly.