Natural Easter Egg Dye Safe for Kids
I love dying Easter eggs! I remember making colorful eggs as a child and looked forward to dying eggs with my kids. However after learning about the toxic nature of dye, coloring eggs with my kids didn’t seem that much fun. In fact, I fear that the dye from those little tablets will soak in through their skin, our body’s largest organ, and get ingested from the eggs we dye and eat.
I started searching for Eco-friendly Easter Egg dye and found several brands! While these dyes, made from plants, are not made in a lab, they do offer natural hues for egg dying and you don’t have to worry about exposing your kids to dyes thought to be linked to health and behavior problems. Here are some great Eco-friendly Easter Egg dyes. Post contains affiliate links.
Color Kitchen natural Easter egg kit
The Color Kitchen natural Easter egg kit contains 3 color packets, mixing brushes, and an egg decorating booklet. This package has no artificial dyes and the colors are made from herbs and plants. Perfect for little ones!
- Contains: 3 Color Packets, Mixing Brushes, 1 Egg Decorating Booklet
- Colors: Yellow/Orange (Annatto extract), Purple (Radish), Blue (Cabbage)
- Contains zero artificial dyes. Colors made from herbs and plants.
- Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Vegan – FDA approved food colors
Eco-Kids Eco-Eggs coloring kit
The Eco-Eggs coloring dyes are made with natural and organic fruit, plant and vegetable extracts from annatto seed, curcumin, purple sweet potato and red cabbage. Little hands can color eggs chemical-free way and ensure that colored eggs are safe to eat!
- Kit includes: 3 powder-based coloring packets made with all natural and organic vegetable & plant extracts with dried vinegar
- eco-crayon for decorating eggs prior to dipping
- grass seed
- 2 eco-coconut husk pucks (just add water to make soil).
- Plus color chart and instructions.
- For ages 3+. Non-toxic.
We Can Too Nature’s Magic Egg Dying Kit
We Can Too Nature’s Magic egg dying kit contains natural and edible Easter Egg Dyes, made with fruit and veggie powders. Their kit comes with two sets of 3 primary colors for mixing a total of 6 colors, plus a neutral veggie crayon for decorating. The company reports that “Eggs turn out swirly, colorful and sparkly!”
- All natural fruits and vegetable powders
- Swirly colorful and sparkly!
- 3 Primary colors to mix for a total of 6 colors
- Safe for curious mouths
- Available all year long!
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Make your own natural Easter Egg Dyes!
You can make your own natural dyes with virtually any food or spice you have! I’ve noticed that purple carrots turn soup purple, and would make great lavender dye. Some other suggestions for dying your hard boiled eggs below:
Red – 4 cups chopped Red Onion Skins
Blue – 4 cups chopped red cabbage
Purple/Red – 4 cups chopped beets
Yellow/Orange/Gold – 3 tbsps Tumeric powder
Brown/Tan – coffee
Greens – 4 cups chopped spinach
Basically, the color of food you see will yield the color dye you produce. It takes some experimenting to get the right shade. To create the dyes you can use 1 quart water and 2 tbsp white vinegar with your food or spice. Boil liquid with ingredients and allow to sit and cool for approximately 30 minutes. I am not great at watching the clock and just keep an eye on the mixture. Some ingredients color right away and others take longer.
Make sure to strain out your ingredients once the natural Easter Egg dye has cooled. Results vary and colors are surprising. One thing of note is that with any natural Easter egg dyes, they need to soak longer for different colored hues and the coloration varies. Sometimes they need to soak for hours to reach the desired color. Have fun with it!
Using colored hard boiled/cooked eggs will also vary results but generally it’s not as fast or saturated as the chemical dyes. If you have backyard chicken eggs you can have all different shapes, sizes and colors. Using a blue egg with red dye will yield a purple toned egg. Using a brown egg with a brown dye will yield a deeper brown then a white egg.
Good luck and happy Easter Egg dying!
Disclosure. This post makes no attempt at health claims, to diagnose or treat any condition. Egg dying should be done under supervision for children and perhaps some adults who lack kitchen skills. Have fun!