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Are you getting excited about coloring eggs for Easter? I know when my kids were younger it was one of their favorite things about Easter, along with finding their eggs and Easter baskets. Now that you have a Celiac in the family, you might be wondering if egg dye is gluten-free.
First off, there are a variety of different egg dyes. Granted, the point is to dye the eggshell; however, we all know that the dye gets on the actual egg and if the dye is not gluten-free, then there would be issues with cross-contamination and you could get glutened and nobody wants that!
Important Note on Vinegar
Many of the dye tablets require white vinegar to work properly. ONLY distilled vinegar is gluten free so make sure to check as that is something that could be easily overlooked.
After doing some research, I found out that Paas dye tablets are made with no gluten-containing ingredients. I don’t know if their facility processes any products that contain gluten, just that the dye tablets do not contain gluten.
I will add, even though I used this brand exclusively while my kids were younger, I would not use it now. When you know better, you do better. I try to stay away from artificial dyes and chemicals as much as humanly possible. However, I totally understand the appeal and if you decide to use them, you will get no judgment from me.
Natural Dye Tablets
Over the past few years, more and more people have wanted access to natural food dyes but the convenience of dye tablets. Fortunately, there are several companies that have taken on the challenge.
Once such product is Natural Egg Dying Kit by Earth Paints. The colors look vibrant and you don’t need to use distilled vinegar. This might be helpful if your littles are bothered by the smell of vinegar. It is rather pungent and the taste of vinegar “can” get onto the actual egg as well.
Another option that I found was ColorKitchen’s Natural Easter Egg Dying Kit. The colors are pretty and are a little darker than a pastel but less than the vibrant colors from other kits. You do need to use white vinegar (see note above on distilled white vinegar).
If you are really adventurous, then maybe you will like using vegetable peels and fruit to color your eggs. WholeFoods created a nice little video on some eggs they died and the colors are not only beautiful but unique (my favorite is the dark denim blue).
You can also use shaving cream with natural liquid dyes and get some gorgeous marbling effects. This could be a cool activity if you are looking for more of a sensory activity along with the added bonus of coloring some eggs!
I pinned several options for your convenience. I will admit, I am not really crafty (totally not the Pinterest Mom, lol) nor do I like getting my hands dirty (I have some sensory issues when I touch things so totally not doing the shaving cream, lol). Pinning awesome projects is my jam!!! I just chose to live vicariously through my crafty friends!!
Are you still coloring eggs? You’re truly never too old, my parents still color eggs every year and they are approaching their 70’s!!! If so, what method do you use? I think I will order the kit from Earth Paints and give it a whirl as they truly looked beautiful!!!