How to Dye Bird Toys With Food Color


Homemade bird toys are traditionally made from wood, rope and other strong objects. Although these objects are sturdy and practical, they may seem boring and unattractive next to the bright colors of flowers and leaves to which the birds are accustomed. To remedy this, many bird lovers dye bird toys various colors to make them more attractive---both for the birds and for other humans.

Step 1

Choose food coloring that is made from vegetables rather than chemicals. Vegetable food coloring does not carry the risk of harming the birds in case they digest it.

Step 2

Fill a large bowl with food coloring and add a few drops of vinegar.

Step 3

Completely submerge the bird toys in the food coloring.

Step 4

Leave them in the bowl overnight to allow the food coloring to dye the bird toys effectively.

Step 5

Hang the bird toys to dry before using.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use sweetened Kool-Aid mix or other sweetened mixes to color bird toys. Sweet flavors may tempt the birds to ingest the wood, which would be unhealthy for them.

Things You'll Need

  • Bird toy
  • Bowl
  • Food coloring
  • Vinegar


  • Bird Toy Materials and Safety Tips
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About this Author

Keren (Carrie) Perles is a freelance writer with professional experience in publishing since 2004. Perles has written, edited, and developed curriculum for educational publishers. She writes articles for Demand Studios and Bright Hub, mostly about education or parenting, and has been a mother, teacher, and tutor for various ages. Perles holds a Bachelor of Arts in English communications from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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