The Easter season is not complete without making a mess of the kitchen dying eggs with the kids. But a lot of the trendiest DIY options can be crazy tricky and, honestly, some years you just need to keep it simple. That's where those readymade DIY kits come in handy. We teamed up with our GolfHr Institute pros and tried out some Amazon and Target's most popular sellers.
Here are the six that actually produced something you'd Instagram come Easter Sunday.
Of all the ones we tried, this out-of-this-world kit was the easiest to use and offered the coolest results. Once the celestial dye dries, just rub on the transfer sheets for a starry effect. The best part: All the dyeing is contained to a plastic bag, so messy spills are less likely.
Parents, a BIG heads-up: This kit was the messiest of the bunch. You'll need to lay some newspaper down when applying the glitter glue. But it was worth it — we loved the results, even if they are a little different than what the package promises. The glitter turned out a bit more muted, and the color was more tie-dye pastel than the vibrant colors on the box.
We wouldn't exactly call our resulting color "neon," but the effect from using the included Tie-Dye press was still pretty. The dye dropper is easy enough for younger kids to use, but parents will need to keep ahold of the press: We noted some sharper edges after we assembled it.
We get why some people opt for markers and stickers when it comes to egg decorating — stains on the counter and your hands are the worst. To keep this mess-free, we suggest the adults handle the dye tablet steps. Then, brings the kids in to add the foil. The foil transferring process is a little tricky to master at first — you'll need to use the glue stick or peel-off adhesive shapes — but once you get it, you can get creative.
If you're food coloring averse, this uses dye made from annatto seed, curcumin, purple sweet potato, and red cabbage. But be prepared for some colors to be a bit faded (even if you let them sit longer than the recommended time), but others, like orange, came out extra vibrant.
Dudley's mi pouches are a less-messy way to dye eggs, for sure, but the gel didn't spread as evenly as we'd hoped. The eggs also took on a metallic sheen when dry that created a swirl effect versus a solid color — but it was still cool looking!
Of course, if you want to try the old-fashioned way, we have a how-to for that, too: