4 Ideas for Easier Easter Egg Dyeing

To me, coloring Easter eggs is like crafting with glitter – the end result is lovely but the process is a big mess.  Since cutting out this colorful tradition isn’t really an option (my kids love it too much), I came up with a few simple strategies to make the egg dyeing process a little easier and the clean-up a lot quicker.

1.  Cover Your Bases

Newspaper and paper towels can only go so far.  When you want real protection for your table you need something stronger.  My personal favorite?  Puppy training pads.  They’re designed to catch wet messes under puppy cages so they’re perfect for this project.  Essentially they’re like a giant, flat, super-absorbent diaper.  The pads have a plastic backing so they offer great protection – even against big spills like those you see below.  They also have built-in adhesive strips on the back so they won’t move around your table once you’ve got them in place.  Best of all, they’re totally disposable so you can toss the whole mess in the trash once the fun is over.  You can buy a pack of 20 for around $7 in the pet aisle of WalMart or Target.

2.  Secure the Perimeter

My kids are terrible with cups.  We rarely make it through a dinner without someone dousing the table (and themselves) with their drink.  Since the thought of a dozen cups of permanent dye tipping over scares me to no end, I hedge my bets by putting all the dye cups in tin foil oven pans.  The disposable pans catch most of the big spills and keep the majority of the dye off my table … and my kids.

3.  Stop the Fights Before They Start

“Hey, that was my egg!” or “That’s not fair, she did more eggs than me!”  Sound familiar?  Avoid the whining this year by giving each kid their own special container of eggs.  Cut the lids off your egg cartons and then cut the base into sections.  Give one section to each child.  We did 9 eggs each (an 18 pack cut in half – see picture above).  Not only will they have their own egg stash to enjoy, but they’ll also have a safe place to put their eggs once they fish them out of the dye.

4.  Keep It Together

Once all the eggs have been dyed and the mess cleaned up a whole new dilemma emerges.  Where to put all those colored beauties?  Since the original egg cartons are probably covered with drips from the previous step try this simple trick.  Place your finished eggs in a mini muffin tin.  The 24 small compartments will keep the eggs from banging together and help them store neatly in the fridge.

There you have it.  Four cheap and easy ways to make the Easter egg coloring process a little easier.  If you’d like even more tips on this topic check out this great post from Make and Takes; one of my favorite idea blogs.  Good luck.  I hope you have a happy, stain-free Easter!  Just thought I’d pass it on.


  1. Seriously, how do you figure this stuff out! Mini muffin tins, brilliant. Gonna try ALL these tips out this year, thanks!!

  2. As usual, you have some great ideas!

  3. Thank you for such a wonderful and timely post! I read this yesterday and decided on the fly to dye eggs this morning with my 2 year old and his little friend. Luckily had all the needed supplies on hand and everything worked perfectly with no messes to clean up afterwards. My mom is going to be so jealous… there were six of us kids and I remember Easter egg dying as a very VERY messy time :)

    I was wondering if you would do a post on any clever/handy ideas you have for laundry and removing stains? (Thankfully completely unrelated to this morning’s activities) I will soon have three kids under three and am still trying to figure out a good system… right now I soak everything in oxy clean until I can get to spot-treating, but this does not work for everything, and can sometimes fade colors and make the clothes rough-feeling.

  4. Anonymous

    wonderful tips. thanks for sharing. dyeing eggs scares me because i hate the mess. i will definately be trying these ideas.

  5. You are amazing!!! LOVE these ideas. Now I’m not so scared of dying eggs. Thx!!!!


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