Dyeing Easter Eggs

Learn how to dye the prettiest Easter eggs.

Pretty Pattern Easter Eggs

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Getting Started

  • To start, cover a table with layers of old newspaper to soak up any spills.
  • Use empty egg cartons as drying racks. Keep paper towels handy to blot off any dye that pools underneath the eggs.
  • For colorfast egg dyes, mix 7-8 drops of food coloring into 1 cup of hot water. Stir in 1/4 cup vinegar. For more intense colors, use small amounts of professional-quality food coloring gels or pastes, available at craft, cake decorating and kitchen supply stores.
Supplies for Easter Egg Making

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The secret to beautiful eggs? Let them dry thoroughly between coats of dye.

How to Dye Easter Eggs

Use this simple mix of food coloring, water, and vinegar to decorate Easter eggs.

Homemade Dyes

To make your own natural dyes, boil common ingredients in water with a tablespoon of vinegar until you see the shade you like. Strain to remove solids.

  • Yellow: Yellow onion skins, ground turmeric
  • Orange: Same as yellow, with added beet juice
  • Pink: Cranberry juice concentrate
  • Red: Beets, paprika
  • Blue: Canned blueberries, red cabbage, grape juice concentrate
  • Green: Spinach and/or kale
  • Brown: Strong brewed coffee or tea

Related: Discover 6 Ways to Make All-Natural Easter Egg Dye


Special Effects

  • For spattered eggs, dip egg in a base color and let dry. Dip a clean toothbrush in a contrasting liquid color and carefully flick bristles with your fingers to make paint splatter onto egg.
  • For marbleized eggs, coat eggs with a base color and let dry. Mix canola or other light cooking oil into another color of dye (1 teaspoon oil per cup of dye) and quickly dunk eggs. The oil will repel color in some places and the dye will adhere in others, creating a marbled effect.
Marble Patterned Easter Eggs

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