One of the most beloved Easter traditions comes in the form of vibrantly dyed eggs. They’re the symbol of new beginnings, just like spring. All members of the family can gather around the kitchen table and dip hard-boiled eggs into various colored dyes to create one-of-a-kind designs in this fun and festive activity.
From colored tablets to dried herbs and flowers to crushed crystals, there are many ways to dye an egg, and the kits we gathered in this list cover a wide range of design variety and decorating possibilities—just add eggs.
Klever Kits 41-Piece DIY Easter Egg Decorating Kit
If you want an all-inclusive egg dye experience, look no further than this kit, which, according to the manufacturer, is food-safe. Not only does it provide all the necessary tools for dyeing (color tablets, dye cups, an egg tray, and two egg dippers), but it also has a wide range of dye colors and decorative stickers. There are even felt-tipped markers for free-handing designs. This kit is a creative smorgasbord for the artist in everyone—kid or adult.
Price at time of publish: $17
Includes: 9 dyeing cups, 9 color dye tablets, 9 egg stands, 2 egg dippers, 1 egg tray (with 9 slots), rhinestone stickers, Easter stickers, emoji stickers, 3D stickers, 8 felt-tip color pens, 1 red glitter glue tube
Chefmaster Easter Liqua-Gel Food Coloring Kit
Art doesn’t have to break the bank. If you want to be a bit more hands-on with your Easter eggs and save money in the process, consider this pick. In addition to dyeing eggs, you can use these vibrant food coloring gels in other culinary projects down the road, like frosting for cookies and cupcakes. There are four neon colors in total: pink, orange, blue, and green. To dye an egg, simply add 10 drops of gel to a cup of water, add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and soak your eggs in the pretty solution (though don't add vinegar to the pink gel—just water will do).
Includes: 4 2.8-ounce bottles of food gel coloring (pink, orange, blue, green)
Price at time of publish: $9
PAAS Tie Dye Egg Decorating Kit
Tie dye is all about beautiful colors and unique designs, and now you can bring it to your Easter eggs. PAAS is a longstanding favorite in the Easter egg-dyeing tradition. This kit comes with six color tablets, two pieces of cloth, and a plastic tie dye press to help make some truly beautiful, one-of-a-kind Easter eggs. While this kit does recommend more adult supervision than others, all elements are food-safe according to the manufacturer.
Price at time of publish: $10
Includes: 6 food dye tablets, 1 egg dipper, 1 plastic tie dye press, 2 pieces of fabric, 8 egg stands
Earth Paints Natural Egg Dye Kit
Did you know you can dye eggs with carrots or blueberries? These beautiful powdered dyes are made from various fruits, herbs, and vegetables, and the manufacturer says they’re food-safe. There are four color packs, though some can be mixed together to create even more pretty shades. The packaging is made out of biodegradable and recyclable materials.
Price at time of publish: $11
Includes: 4 packets of powdered dye sourced from spinach, purple carrots, turmeric, beets, red cabbage, and blueberries
Best for Kids
Dudley's Easter Egg Dye Kit Bundle
Whether your children are seasoned artistic pros or just starting out their egg decorating endeavors, this kit is a great choice. According to the manufacturer, the crushed crystal dyes are food-safe, so no worries if a child ingests any. The star of this set just might be the bunny-shaped tongs: They're easy for small hands to grasp as children dip their eggs into the dyes.
Price at time of publish: $15
Includes: 5 crystal dye packets, 12 coloring pouches, 7 egg stands, 67 stickers, 1 plastic bunny tong
Best for Adults
UkrainianEggSupplies Delrin Ukrainian Egg Decorating Kit
If you’re serious about your Easter egg decorating and want to take it to the next level, you should look into the Ukrainian tradition of pysanky. A pysanka is an ornately decorated egg covered in folk patterns using beeswax and dyes found in nature. This kit contains everything you need to get started, including in-depth instructions and a brief history on the tradition. There are also dye packets, three writing styluses (aka kistky), and beeswax. It’s important to note that this dye is not edible.
price at time of publish: $46
Includes: 3 styluses, beeswax, 12 egg dyes, 6 pages of instruction (complete with diagrams), 1 decorative gift box
KiwiCo Eggsperiments Project Kit
Who says art can’t be scientific? Combine the best of both worlds with this educational kit from KiwiCo. Get kids excited about physics, chemistry, and biology in a series of eggcellent experiments. Kids can color their eggs via chemical reaction, crystalize eggshells, and even dissolve the shell entirely using vinegar. There are five exciting experiments in total. Though the kit is intended for kids five and older and the experiments are plenty safe with adult supervision, please note that the eggs cannot be eaten afterwards.
Price at time of publish: $28
Includes: Mess mat, gloves, plastic cups, paper cups, beaker, strainer, citric acid, baking soda, 2 measuring scoops, stir stick, spoon, tray, paper egg stands, paintbrushes, 3 liquid colors
Best Silk Dye
Thejunebride Silk Dyed Easter Egg Kit
Did you know you can use scraps of silk to dye Easter eggs? This bestselling kit lets you do just that. This easy method of dyeing will create fabulous eggs and leave fingers free of messy dye. The kit comes with recycled silk scraps of varying designs and colors, multiple white cloth squares, and twist ties to keep it all together. You can even reuse the silk scraps to dye more eggs later (albeit with a little less vibrancy). Eating silk-dyed eggs is not recommended.
Price at time of publish: $34
Includes: 12 silk scraps, 12 white cloth squares, 12 twist-ties, instructions
Double Couple White Plastic Easter Egg Decorating Kit
Do you want to decorate Easter eggs, but avoid the food waste or mess of using real hard-boiled eggs? There are kits for that. This one includes 30 small plastic eggs and eight colorful water-based pens. It’s a fantastic DIY project that results in long-lasting ornaments you can hang up for every Easter to come. Want bigger eggs? Double Couple also sells a decorating set that has 20 large plastic eggs.
Price at time of publish: $17
Includes: 30 hanging plastic eggs, 8 water-based color pens
Best for Whipped Cream
Spritz Marble Whip Egg Decorating Kit
There are many ways to dye an egg beyond just dipping it in food coloring. One fun way to get funky patterns is by using whipped cream or shaving cream, and this handy little Whip Egg Decorating Kit comes with everything you need (except the eggs, of course) to create a festive marbled design. In addition to four liquid dyes, it includes a packet of whip powder, so you don’t even have to use your own whipped cream (save that for Easter morning pancakes). According to the brand, the dye is food-safe, so feel free to enjoy your eggs after dyeing.
Price at time of publish: $3
Includes: 4 liquid dye pouches, whip powder, 8 paper egg stands, dye dropper, plastic gloves, instructions
The EggMazing Easter Egg Mini Decorating Kit
Dyes can get messy, especially when kids are involved, but fear not: You can design Easter eggs without fear of spills with this decorator, dubbed the EggMazing Easter Egg Mini Decorating Kit. It’s a device that spins eggs (real or plastic) while you hold a non-toxic marker and create fun, striped designs. We recommend waiting for the hard-boiled eggs to fully cool before spinning them to avoid any cracks. The six quick-drying markers come in orange, blue, purple, lime green, yellow, and pink. Unfortunately, the four AA batteries required to power the spinner are not included, so you’ll have to pick those up on your own.
Price at time of publish: $25
Includes: Spinner device, 6 non-toxic markers
Color Kitchen Natural Easter Egg Paint Kit
To create more intricate designs on an Easter egg, you’ll need a paint brush, and this kit comes with a small brush as well as three packets of plant-based dyes in orange, pink, and green. With a bit of water, the dyes turn into vibrant paints. Adults and kids alike can create cute Easter-themed designs, such as carrots, flowers, bunnies, chicks, or lambs. You could also combine the paints with another dye kit and paint on top of colored eggs. The flexibility this kit offers will lead to a hoppin’ good time.
Price at time of publish: $9
Includes: 3 color packets, 1 paint brush
Cookies By Design Easter Party Decorating Kit
Sure, many dyed Easter eggs are safe to eat, but a hard-boiled egg is hardly a sweet and celebratory treat. If you want to combine the excitement of Easter egg decorating with a delicious dessert, check out this kit from Cookies By Design. It includes sugar cookies shaped like eggs and rabbits, four pouches of colored icing, and some sprinkles. It’s a fun and family-friendly activity absolutely perfect for Easter festivities. The set comes in two sizes–one with 10 cookies and another with 20.
Price at time of publish: $34 for 10 cookies
Includes: 10 or 20 sugar cookies, 4 pouches of colored icing, sprinkle bag
If you want an all-inclusive kit with plenty of colorful bells and whistles, the Klever Kits Easter Egg Dye Kit is our top pick. Chefmaster's Easter Liqua-Gel Food Coloring Kit has the dye basics you need without breaking the bank.
What to Look for in an Easter Egg Dye Kit
There are many ways to dye an egg. However, different dyes have different characteristics. Some are food safe, while others are not. Some will stain fingers and anything it drips on, while others won’t. Let’s break down some of the most common Easter egg dyes.
Color Tablets: Popularized by the company PAAS, these little dye tablets are made from sodium bicarbonate and artificial dyes. These do tend to be food safe and are washed off with simple soap and water. However, not all tablets are alike. Be sure to read the labels closely to see if the version you have is food safe before eating any dyed eggs.
Plant-Based Dyes: Plant-based (sometimes called natural) dyes have been used for hundreds of years for much more than just making Easter eggs. Different organic materials can create a variety of vibrant colors. For example, beets, pomegranates, and rose petals can be used to create reds and pinks. Carrots and turmeric are popular sources for orange hues. Anything from blueberries to onion skins can be used to create dyes. Since they come from plant-based food sources, they are usually edible, as well.
Markers and Paints: The world of dessert decoration is a creative one. As such, there are many food-safe markers and paints out there to decorate treats that are still safe to eat. Many Easter egg kits include food-safe markers for more intricate designs–just make sure you read the label to double check that you have a food-safe marker before cracking open and eating any decorated eggs.
Silk: Wrapping an egg in patterned silk and soaking it for a while is another popular decoration method. While this makes for stunning results, it’s not recommended to eat the eggs afterwards since dyes used to color fabrics are rarely meant for consumption.
Dyeing and Decorating Tools
Dyeing eggs takes a few more tools than just dye and eggs. Common tools include a wire or plastic egg dipper (tongs are also popular), cups for holding the dye and dipping the eggs, a stirring stick, and egg stands for drying and display (some are made of paper rings and others are plastic trays). Most kits will include some or all of these tools, others just provide the dyes. Luckily most of these items are easily found in your house. Simple cups, bowls, and spoons work just fine.
A good kit becomes great if it has a few bonuses included. Many kits will provide stickers for extra decoration, paper egg stands, a white crayon or bit of wax to repel dyes and create pretty designs, some even have little paper cut-outs to stick onto an egg to make it look like a character or animal.
How do I dye Easter eggs?
Each Easter egg dye kit should come with a set of instructions specific to that particular type of dye. However, most start by simply hard-boiling eggs. Once they’re fully cooled, dye is added to a mixture of vinegar and water. Leaving all, or part, of the egg in the dye for a certain amount of time will color the egg shell.
There are decoration techniques for different kinds of designs. For example, drawing on the blank egg shell with a white crayon or other wax will resist the dye and leave behind a white design. Eggs can be dip-dyed in various colors for a layering effect. Some kits include pieces of cloth to help marble or tie-dye the eggs.
What materials do I need to use an Easter egg dye kit?
While the kits will provide most of what you need, there are a few pieces you’ll have to provide yourself–namely, the eggs. In addition to as many eggs as you want to dye, you’ll need vinegar, water, a few cups, something to stir the dye with, plenty of paper towels, and maybe spoons or tongs for dipping the eggs.
Are dyed Easter eggs safe to eat?
Many Easter egg dye kits use food-safe dyes, meaning yes, it should be safe to eat afterwards. However, some dyes are not recommended to consume. Each should be clearly labeled to give you peace of mind. When in doubt, we recommend just using the eggs for decoration.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Allison Wignall is a writer who focuses on food and travel. She’s always in the kitchen trying to recreate recipes from around the world. Dyeing Easter eggs is a beloved childhood memory for her, along with making sparkling Jell-O eggs and competing in high-stakes Easter egg hunts with her brother (which lasted well beyond her college years). Her work has been featured in publications such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.