**edited to add at the 2020 New York Toy Fair (watch that video here) we discovered their DinoMazing decorating kit (with tiny dinosaurs and slime inside the eggs that crack open - OMG so cool!! video/review linked at bottom of this post)
- put eggs in a pot, bring to a boil
- remove pot from heat
- cover for 15 minutes
- transfer to cold water (to stop the cooking process)
- keep in fridge except for when you're decorating
The 8 markers included in the kit are non-toxic and certified lead free, so as long as you handle the eggs safely and don't have them out of the fridge too long, eat away! After ours were beautifully decorated, I actually got my kids to eat hard boiled eggs for the first time in their lives! HA! Win win!!
Now, it's not 100% mess-free, but pretty close! You are dealing with markers after all, and markers + toddlers = uncertainty. You'll see Mia manages to get a dot of marker on her shirt, and a bit on her fingers (I would expect no less from her). But, compared to the stinky vinegar dye splatter messes we're used to with traditional Easter egg dipping, this was 200% better, and our little ones could actually do this unassisted! We did have trouble one time with the spinning wheels picking up some of the marker and then transferring that onto our egg. But the instructions have a simple solution, just wipe the wheels clean with rubbing alcohol.
Read our reviews of the DinoMazing Dinosaur Egg Decorating Kit (with mini dinosaurs in slime inside the eggs!!) or watch our DinoMazing and Treemendous reviews below!