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I was excited when Natural Earth Paint asked me to review their Wooden Eggs Craft Kit and Natural Egg Dye Kit because I love doing eco-friendly crafts with my daughters. I really wanted to try these paints and dyes since it’s tough to find truly non-toxic art supplies that also work well. Here’s why these natural egg kits turned out to be a huge success for us, and how you can enter to win a Wooden Eggs Craft Kit to try!
Natural Earth Paint Wooden Eggs Craft Kit
In this kit we received 6 wooden eggs that are 2″ high, and 6 Children’s Earth Paint colors (blue, green, yellow, white, orange and red.) The high quality eggs are handmade in the Pacific Northwest with sustainable FSC certified wood. The powdered paints are made of natural earth pigments and organic milk protein.
We mixed the paint in little ceramic bowls by adding a little bit of water to the powder to reach a creamy consistency. We just mixed a little of each color at a time so we could save them for future painting projects. Each color mixed together very smoothly and easily, unlike some other natural paints we have tried. You can make the paint a thinner consistency for a watercolor effect, but we liked the thicker consistency for the eggs. It covered very nicely and the hues are so vibrant and beautiful!
After the paint dried, I used a homemade natural beeswax polish to seal the eggs and prevent the paint from smudging from moisture.
Success! My four year old daughter had so much fun spending hours carefully painting her eggs, and loved the bright colors. From a mama point of view, I love this kit because I have peace of mind knowing my kids are not ingesting anything toxic when they get the paint on their skin or even in their mouths. I LOVE how these eggs can be reused every year at Easter time, and also how we can paint some every year to create little keepsakes for the kids.
Natural Egg Dye Kit
In the Natural Egg Dye Kit we received 4 colors of dye (green purple, orange and blue) made from pure fruit and vegetable extracts (spinach, purple carrots, turmeric, beets, red cabbage, and blueberries.)
We filled 4 glasses with a half cup of hot water each, poured in the powdered dye and mixed. We dropped a hard-boiled egg into each and let them sit for 15-20 minutes. We used brown eggs, so they turned out to have a vintage look to them. The earth colors are so beautiful and rich. We preferred these natural colors over the synthetic colors in conventional dye kits.
Success! My daughters were excited to see the bright, pretty colors on the eggs when they lifted them out of the glasses. We put rubber bands on some eggs to make stripes, and painted some with the paint left over from the wooden eggs. From a mama point of view, I love that these dyes are 100% pure, natural and non-toxic. I know that most conventional egg dye kits contain some pretty toxic chemicals. Here is a New York Times article that Natural Earth Paint passed along to me, about synthetic dyes: F.D.A. Panel to Consider Warnings for Artificial Food Colorings. Natural Earth Paint also mentioned this:
“The “natural dye” currently used for red in most naturally dyed products (lipstick, cherry coke, some natural egg dyes, etc.) is the blood of the cochineal bug, also called carmine. These bugs are farmed and crushed in a very ecologically irresponsible way.”
I’m very happy that there are 100% safe and non-toxic options available! Making your own dyes out of fruit and vegetable pigments at home is also an option, which is a bit more time consuming and messy. I love the Natural Egg Dye kit because it’s so convenient.
Enter below to win a Wooden Eggs Craft Kit just in time for Easter! Thank you to Natural Earth Paint for sponsoring this giveaway.
About the Natural Earth Paint Company
Leah Fanning Mebane, a professional visual artist, founded Natural Earth Paint with her husband in 2011 with the goal of providing non-toxic paints to artists and health-conscious parents. This quickly growing family business focuses on an eco-friendly business model and holds the Gold Certification from Green America. They currently have about a dozen products sold on their website including Natural Face Paint and Earth Oil Paint, and they’re always working on the development of future products. They use recycled and biodegradable packaging, and use vegetable-based inks for printing.
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