Vegan families can get just as festive with eggs at Easter without using actual chicken eggs in their decor. Additionally, there's a slew of fun vegan Easter candy to be had, fuzzy stuffed Easter animals for baskets (vs. real-live animals) and plenty of Easter crafts, meals and treats to make too -- even vegan 'Peeps.' However, the one issue that often stumps newer vegan families is what to do about egg decorating. Vegan kids may feel like they're missing out if you don't decorate eggs, but your ethics say, "eggs are a no-go." Luckily, there are some awesome vegan-friendly alternatives when it comes to Easter egg decorating that allow your kids to partake in an old-school Easter tradition without causing harm to any animals in the process. Keep reading for six sweet vegan Easter "egg" decorating alternatives.
EggNots are hands down the best, most realistic alternative for vegan kids at Easter time. EggNots are extremely realistic looking eggs made of ceramic. These little eggs feel and look like the real deal, but are non-perishable and eco-friendly because you can reuse them and redecorate them annually. EggNots can be decorated just the same as real eggs with homemade dye or a natural Easter egg dye kit.
Papier-mache polka dotted eggs
These paper eggs created by Not Martha are truly adorable, and although they’re paper they crack open just like real eggs, making them perfect for hiding small Easter treats inside. You and your kids can make these pretty eggs with any color tissue paper you choose or make them with plain colored tissue and then let your kids paint them or use stickers to liven them up.
After EggNots, smooth wooden eggs are probably your second best bet if you’re looking for an eco-friendly, long-lasting and realistic alternative to decorating real eggs. Smooth wooden eggs offer a clean canvas for whatever designs your child can dream up using markers, paint, glitter or other embellishments. You can find untreated wooden eggs or subtly colored pastel wooden eggs at Apple N Amos.
Soft fillable fabric eggs
With some leftover fabric bits, buttons and thread, any child who can safely wield a needle can help make some of these cute fabric eggs. You can fill the eggs with candy or small treats and reuse them year after year. You can even make these with eco-friendly felt instead of fabric if you’d like.
Salt dough Easter eggs
These salt dough eggs are so easy even your youngest kiddos can help make them. Once dry they can be painted, or before baking your child can stamp designs into them. As an alternative, consider making egg-shaped clay eggs, using an old plastic Easter egg as a mold.
Needle felted eggs
Older kids and craft-savvy younger kids can make beautiful needle felted wool Easter eggs.