Easy Easter Egg Dye Recipe

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You don’t need a store-bought kit to decorate Easter eggs! Try our easy homemade easter egg dye recipe use food coloring and vinegar instead!

carton of brightly colored Easter eggs

How to dye Easter eggs with food coloring

The last few times I’ve purchased Easter Egg Dye Kits from the store, I’ve been disappointed with the color results. Our eggs weren’t shiny and vibrant and the dye just didn’t seem to stick no matter how long we soaked them!

So this Easter we decided to make our own Easter egg dye instead. WOW! I couldn’t believe the deep, rich colors we got with our house dye – the eggs were gorgeous!

Our homemade Easter egg coloring is very simple: all you need is water, vinegar and food coloring. That’s it! Keep reading to find out how to make it, as well as our tips for easy decorating and cleaning!

Related: For another fun DIY egg decorating idea, try our natural Easter egg dyes! There are 4 different colors based on vegetables, fruits and spices!

little girl coloring easter eggs

These egg dyes were a hit! I think someone enjoyed his Easter candies too…

Homemade Easter Egg Dye Ingredients

  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons of vinegar
  • 10 drops of food coloring

Amounts are for each color dye. If you are making multiple colors, you will use the recipe above for each color.

bowls of red and green homemade easter egg dye on table

Instructions

Heat a pot of water until it is lukewarm but not boiling.

Divide the water into individual heatproof bowls (we used take-out soup containers). Each bowl should hold about a cup of water, so an egg can be completely submerged.

Add a few drops of food coloring – 8-10 drops is a good starting point. Add more if you want a darker color.

POINT: If you’re using gel food coloring, it usually comes out of the bottle in drops rather than drops. Start with 2-3 blobs and go from there.

Use:

Dip each hard-boiled egg into the bowl of food coloring so it’s completely covered (unless you’re making two-colored or striped eggs). We use a large spoon, but tongs would work well too.

Allow the egg to soak for a few minutes, then check to see if it is the shade you want. If necessary, soak longer.

Egg Decorating Tips

  • We use white crayons to draw designs on our eggs before dipping them in dye. The wax repels the dyes, so you’ll be able to see your designs after you’ve colored the eggs.
  • Be careful when moving eggs from one dye to another (if making mixed colors). Use a clean spoon and dab off any excess dye before changing colors.
  • Air drying works best, but you can pat dry to speed up the process. Try not to rub the eggs as this may rub off the colors.
  • Be sure to use hard-boiled or steamed eggs. Steaming eggs makes them perfectly cooked and easier to peel. Check out our tutorial on how to steam eggs here!
holding a red decorated easter egg

One of my favorite eggs the girls have made

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should the eggs soak in the dye?

Let’s face it… the kids are impatient! So we needed a tincture that worked fast and this one does the trick!

We soaked our eggs for about 10-20 minutes each. At most!

The only one that soaked longer was our golden egg. It takes about an hour to achieve a brilliant golden yellow color like the one pictured in this post.

Do Easter egg dyes stain?

Because they’re made with food coloring, there’s always a chance of staining, so clean up any spills immediately. To be safe, we worked at a picnic table outside and used a plastic tablecloth.

If dye gets on your skin, rinse it off as soon as you notice it. The dye is not permanent on the hands, but is easier to wash off when caught quickly.

Related: Check out our extensive collection of 50 Easter Egg Decorating Ideas here!

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How to dye Easter eggs with food coloring

You don’t need a store-bought kit to decorate Easter eggs! Try our easy homemade easter egg dye recipe use food coloring and vinegar instead!
Preparation time5 minutes
Cooking timeten minutes
Total time15 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Stacey aka the Soccer Mom
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Pan
  • Heat resistant bowls

Ingredients

  • 1 Chopped off Hot water
  • 2 coffee spoons White vinegar
  • ten drops food coloring

Instructions

  • Heat a pot of water until it is lukewarm but not boiling.
  • Divide the water into individual heatproof bowls. Each bowl should hold about a cup of water, so an egg can be completely submerged.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring – 8-10 drops is a good starting point. Add more if you want a darker color. If you’re using gel food coloring, it usually comes out of the bottle in drops rather than drops. Start with 2-3 blobs and go from there.
  • Dip the hard-boiled eggs in the tincture and let soak for at least 10 minutes.

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Collage of 2 photos: dyeing Easter eggs and finished carton of colored eggs

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