Easter Egg Dye Recipes

You can make your own custom colored Easter egg dye at home. This page contains Easter egg dye recipes.

April 20, 2011 Flag
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You don't need to purchase those boxes of Easter egg tablets to dye your Easter eggs and this is such a fun way for children to learn color wheel basics. This formula is for just one color mixture, so all you have to do is use the same formula for each color if you're planning to make multiple colors of eggs.

Oh, and in case you've forgotten the basics: Yellow and Blue = Green; Yellow and Red = Orange; and Red and Blue = Purple ;-)



Set a wire cooling rack on a large cookie sheet or roasting pan and then mix water, vinegar, and food coloring in a small bowl. Submerge eggs in the dye mixture, turning occasionally until desired color depth is reached, about 2 to 5 minutes; remove eggs with slotted spoon or tongs and place on rack to dry. "Voila!"

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April 20, 20110 found this helpful

I've been doing this for several years now. I think it makes richer colors and my kids love mixing to see what combinations they can make.

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March 4, 20130 found this helpful

You know, the cost of buying food coloring is so expensive, that I have done one better. Local salvation army's or goodwill stores stick out their seasonal items weeks early. I stop and pick up a few of the boxes of kits and use them. Usually $.50 or less per and for me it doesn't matter what the kit contains as long as it has the dye tablets in. Let's see, 1 bottle of 1 color of dye, $3, so for that I can have 6 kits. Stores don't ship them back. They clearance them or donate them. May as well be YOU who gets a good deal. I have a rubbermaid box with Easter egg decorating things in. I picked up the beautiful jewel tone grasses already for $.10 a bag. $1.00 at the retail store. I find my treasures are useful year round.

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March 5, 2013 Flag
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Instead of using expensive Easter egg dye kits use packets of Kool-Aid instead. It's much less expensive and you don't have to end up with all of the doo dads included in each dye kit package that you'll probably not use. All you need to do is mix one packet of Kool-Aid with 3/4 cup warm water in small glass bowls.

For colors the following Kool-Aid flavors work the best:

red = cherry
orange = orange
yellow = lemonade plus a little bit of orange
green = lime
blue = berry blue

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March 28, 2007 Flag
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I am looking for recipes for making my own easter egg dye for my 4H group. Does anyone have any recipes to share?


March 28, 20070 found this helpful

Not sure if this would work with eggs, but I remember in "Little House in the Big Woods' Ma would grate a carrot, take the juice to dye her butter...why wouldn't it work with eggs? (I tried the carrot juice with butter, and it works!)

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March 28, 20070 found this helpful

We have tried beet juice and purple grape juice and they work great!! :0)

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March 28, 20070 found this helpful

Dyeing Eggs The Old Fashioned Way

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

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This Easter try a new technique for dyeing eggs. This unique method lets you experiment with natural ingredients. The kids will have a ball inventing new colors.

Use 4 cups of each ingredient per quart of water to create the desired color. Theses amounts will color approximately 6 eggs.

Crimson: fresh beets

Copper: yellow onion skins

Green: spinach, fresh or frozen

Yellow: marigolds

Blue: crushed blueberries


In a large pot, place 6-8 eggs in a single layer. Add enough water to

cover eggs by 1 inch. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar per quart of

water. Add dye ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and

simmer for 10 minutes. Let eggs sit in the dye for approximately 10

minutes or until the desired color is achieved. Dry eggs on paper

towels or in egg cartons. When the eggs are dried, rub the eggs with

vegetable oil for a glossy shine.

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March 28, 20070 found this helpful

From www.recipezaar.com #160383

Egg Dye

10 drops food coloring

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1/2 cup boiling water

1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)

glitter (optional)

white craft glue (optional)

For each dye bath combine 1/2 cup boiling water with 1 tsp vinegar and 10 drops of food coloring in a bowl. Start with 5 drops red and 5 drops yellow, for orange for example, or 6 drops blue and 4 drops green for turquoise.

Dip hard-cooked eggs in dye bath for 3-5 minutes, extend time for richer color. Try using tongs to dip only half an egg in one color, then dip other half in a different color.

Use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove eggs and place on wax paper to dry, blot any excess with a paper towel.

For tie dyed eggs, add 1 tbsp olive oil to the mixture and stir with a fork. Roll egg gently in bath to pick of streaks of color. Remove egg from bath and blot oil off with a paper towel, then dry on wax paper. Once dry, lightly dip in another color if desired.

For glitter eggs, brush dried dyed egg with a thin layer of craft glue. Spoon glitter over egg, allow to dry on wax paper. To put glitter on only part of an egg (half blue, half red for example), use masking tape over the un-glittered part (or use stickers for shapes) and once dry remove masking tape and glue/glitter the remaining area.

For letters, numbers or shapes use small vinyl stickers (office or hardware supplies) and place them on the egg before dying. Once slightly dry peel off stickers gently. You can also use a white crayon to write names or draw pictures.

If you plan to eat your easter eggs, never leave them unrefrigerated at any point for more than 2 hours.

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March 29, 20070 found this helpful

April 30, 2012 Flag
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I've seen a really good list of, every day ingredient, egg dyes and how to make them. Be forewarned, they take a day to soak in the color, and be sure to wash the eggs before you dye them. I tried three colors this year: yellow made from turmeric, pink made from beets, and green made from spinach.

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March 8, 2013 Flag
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I read a recipe for making Easter egg dyes using jello. I can't find it.
Can you help?

By Robin

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March 10, 20130 found this helpful

I don't have a recipe for using jello, but I do have one using 2/3 cups of water to 1 pack of Koolaid. Hope this helps.

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April 20, 2011 Flag
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Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 30 to 40 drops of food coloring, and 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. Let the dye cool completely before dipping eggs.

HINT: You can use crayons to write and draw lines or stripes on the eggs before dipping.

By Marnita


How to Make Your Own Easter Egg Dye

You can also make natural egg dyes with fruits, spices and vegetables. Try beet juice, cranberry juice, blueberries, spinach, turmeric, grape juice, asparagus, coffee or tea. It's fun to experiment. (03/13/2005)

By JoMama

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