I work hard to give my kids candy-free Easter baskets that are still fun, but I just don’t have the DIY sense or time to make homemade Easter egg colors without food dyes to decorate our Easter eggs! Check out this new idea for Easter egg decorating that is NO mess, NO prep and used no artificial dyes! Plus, it gets rid of something else that drives me nuts as a natural mama…
What do you get when you give kids highly colored water, breakable eggs and flimsy wires to
drop set them in with?
You got it. Easter stains and Easter messes because you’re trying to decorate Easter eggs!
Is There a Way to Avoid Food Coloring with Easter Egg Decorating?
I’m pretty anti artificial food dyes for my kids under most circumstances (although we allow it in occasional candy treats that we don’t buy…so far…), but for Easter eggs, I’ve always just bought the inexpensive colors that everyone else uses.
I figure my kids aren’t eating the dyes, and if some does slip through a cracked egg, it’s still only once a year – not important enough for me to make a half dozen colors on the stove with various highly colored fruits and veggies. My friend Heather does it, and it’s beautiful, but it’s just not me. I did figure out one year how to make super easy natural food colors for frosting, but it doesn’t apply to eggs. 🙁
Last year I came up with the most brilliant idea. Maybe I saw it online; I honestly don’t remember, but it’s perfect for me.
You see, I really hate those skin tattoos that my kids love to come home with – when it comes to artificial dyes, I can’t imagine that red, black and blue ON your skin for days at a time is a good thing. I’m sure it drives my kids nuts that I maintain a “take it off tonight” rule as often as I can chase them down when they put tattoos on. Someday I’ll probably get fed up and ban them altogether. For now, they’re a very special occasion fun thing.
But they still come into the house! Faster than they can use them under my tight thumb!
Well, guess what?
Kids’ tattoos stick to anything.
Even hard-boiled Easter eggs.
Not only was our Easter egg decorating mess-free and had almost no clean-up, it was also finished much quicker than usual, which can be a good thing on a busy weekend.
I don’t think I’ll swear off Easter egg dyes forever, because they definitely foster more creativity, and my kids always have a lot of fun with it. But I’m thrilled to share this alternative food coloring free solution for your Easter eggs, and I hope it helps someone out there!
How to Avoid Food Dyes for Easter Eggs – Use Tattoos!
It’s so simple:
- Peel the clear plastic off the tattoo.
- Wet a washcloth or small piece of rag (socks with a hole in one toe are a great reuse opportunity, then use the socks to clean toilets!).
- Place the tattoo on the egg and hold the wet cloth over it for 30 seconds.
- Carefully peel the tattoo backing off and enjoy your decorated Easter egg! They do need to dry before touching or the tattoo will slide around. Then kids might cry. But decorating eggs is a FUN, family affair, right? 😉
Lots of counting to 30 – play some music while you work!
No splashing. No need for smocks to cover clothes. And no clean-up! You can usually fit 2 tattoos on each egg, at least.
Didn’t they turn out cute?
My daughter had some tattoos that were supposed to be a bracelet on a child’s wrist, and those going around the egg were particularly dazzling.
Plus, bonus – you can use farm-fresh brown eggs, which don’t always look so attractive with the brightly colored dyes, am I right? 😉
If you don’t have any tattoos cluttering up your house – congratulations, you don’t have kids in school, do you? Just kidding. No, I’m not. If you don’t have any of these, go get some kids. They come along for the ride within a month. 😉
But if you need to buy tattoos, hit up a dollar store, probably a pharmacy, or try online here:
- Easter themed
- Easter themed with glitter
- White, perfect for your farm fresh brown and colored eggs
- Bracelets, great from wrapping around the eggs
We’ll be traveling for Easter this year and not even dyeing eggs. We’re putting coins and small items like tattoos (ha! Not tattoos, I wouldn’t do that – maybe stickers) in the plastic eggs for a hunt, organized by color so that little and big kids have different challenges and prizes.