Makeover Monday: Eco-Friendly Easter Egg Dyes

The boys and I can’t walk into a store with out being distracted by aisle after aisle of eye catching Easter displays.  For weeks they’ve been begging me for two things – jelly beans and egg dying kits.  I enjoy coloring eggs as much (maybe more) than they do so I’m glad we won’t have to wait much longer. 

Before you get started, here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating beautiful, eco-friendly Easter eggs.

1.  Choose local, organic, pastured eggs and keep them refrigerated so you can eat them!  It’s less waste and a healthy, colorful snack.  This might be the perfect opportunity to get a picky kid to try a hard boiled egg.

2.  Turn coloring eggs into a fun chemistry lesson by using foods and flowers to make your own natural Easter egg dyes.  Here’s how you do it.  Place the eggs in a pot in a single layer and cover them with water.  Add one teaspoon of vinegar.  Add the natural dye (fresh or frozen produce works best).  Bring water to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.  Try different fruits and vegetables and see which make the best dyes.  You can find more details on this project and a complete list of ingredients by color here.

3.  If you want something a little faster and easier you might like the Eco-Kids eco-egg kit.  The dyes are made using natural plant, fruit and vegetable extracts.  The kit comes with orange, blue and purple, but also includes a color chart for creating 6 additional colors.  If you’re buying the kit don’t forget to check the Eco-Kids website for printable activity sheets, printable creature cutouts for your eggs and a detailed how to video.  Savvy Source is offering half-off an Eco-Kids Egg Coloring Kit starting today so now is a good time to try it. 

Check back later this week for more ideas on making over your Easter baskets.

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  1. Thank you for eco-friendly Easter eggs.

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