How to Dye Easter Eggs in Beautiful Vivid Colors
Coloring Easter eggs in a variety of vivid colors is a beloved spring tradition. This activity is even more beautiful when generations of family members come together to share this special Easter event. Every year my family looks forward to dyeing Easter eggs together. We use one of two different egg dyeing methods to achieve gorgeous results. The first is a classic Easter egg dyeing kit with colored tablets. However, the number and color of tablets included in each kit vary. I prefer a more traditional egg dyeing method that allows more control over the variety and intensity of colors achieved. Today I’m sharing with you how to dye Easter eggs in beautiful vibrant colors with basic liquid food coloring.
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How to Dye Easter Eggs | Ingredients for Dyeing Eggs
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- 1 cup boiling water (per color)
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar (per color)
- 4 boxes of liquid food coloring (see color chart below)
- 2 flats of hard boiled eggs (per child)
How to Dye Easter Eggs | Directions for Dyeing Eggs
Each color will need its own cup, bowl or jar with hot water and vinegar. When dyeing eggs use containers that are deep enough to completely cover the whole egg in the liquid dye. To dye large batches of eggs all at once use several mixing bowls. Quadruple the recipe for each color, as needed. It’s best to use containers that are stain resistant. Place eggs in the dye. For light-colored eggs leave eggs submerged for about 6 minutes. To achieve deeper more vivid hues allow the eggs to sit in the dye for 12 minutes or longer.
EASTER EGG DYEING GUIDE | BASIC FOOD COLORS: RED, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE
BASIC EASTER EGG COLORING RECIPE: 1/2 cup boiling water + 1 teaspoon white vinegar + drops of food coloring as indicated below. Completely submerge Easter eggs in the food dye for 5 minutes (or longer for deeper shades of color).
- BRILLIANT RED: 20 red
- WATERMELON: 24 red + 2 blue
- DUSKY PINK: 14 red + 6 blue
- FUCHSIA PINK: 2 blue + 18 red
- CRANBERRY: 6 blue + 14 red
- POPPY ORANGE: 2 red + 17 yellow
- SUNSET ORANGE: 3 red + 17 yellow
- BASIC YELLOW: 20 drops yellow
- GOLDEN YELLOW: 2 red + 24 yellow
- GLOWING YELLOW: 1 red + 45 yellow
- BRILLIANT GREEN: 20 green
- JUNGLE GREEN: 6 yellow + 14 green
- MINT GREEN: 6 yellow + 14 green
- TEAL GREEN: 5 blue + 15 green
- JADE GREEN: 3 blue + 17 green
- SPEARMINT: 2 blue + 6 yellow + 12 green
- HEMLOCK GREEN: 3 blue + 6 yellow + 12 green
- MIDNIGHT BLUE: 20 blue
- PLACID BLUE: 4 blue
- DARK PURPLE: 4 red + 17 blue
- PRETTY PURPLE: 5 red + 15 blue
- LIGHT VIOLET: 2 red + 20 blue
- PLUM: 4 blue + 10 red
EASTER EGG DYEING GUIDE | NEON FOOD COLORS: PURPLE, GREEN, PINK, BLUE
USE THE BASIC EASTER EGG DYEING RECIPE PLUS DROPS OF COLOR AS INDICATED BELOW:
- NEON GREEN: 10 green
- GREEN APPLE: 20 green + 2 blue
- TURQUOISE: 2 green + 5 blue
- NEON BLUE: 10 blue
- SKY BLUE: 2 green + 9 blue
- STORMY BLUE: 2 green + 1 purple + 9 blue
- DAZZLING BLUE: 1 purple + 20 blue
- RADIANT ORCHID: 3 purple + 7 regular blue (standard food coloring blue, not neon blue)
- NEON PURPLE: 25 purple
- DEEP PURPLE: 3 pink + 7 blue
- NEON PINK: 10 pink
- LILAC: 2 blue + 6 pink
- RASPBERRY: 1 blue + 6 pink
How to Dye Easter Eggs | Classic Easter Egg Dyeing Kits
There are several different types of classic Easter egg dyeing kits that make egg dyeing simple. But you’ll still need to have white vinegar on hand. This Easter change things up. Experiment with different egg dyeing techniques. Variety is the spice of life – it makes things fun! Do you color Easter eggs each year? I invite you to join the conversation by leaving a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.
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19 thoughts on “How to Dye Easter Eggs”
This is exactly how we would dye our eggs growing up. My oldest is finally big enough to color easter eggs, so I think we will definitely be doing that this year!
These are so pretty! I might have to try this, I’m dying eggs with the god kids this year!
So simple and easy to follow, great tutorial! The colors really are so vibrant and now you are tempting me to make some at home even though we do not celebrate Easter, talk about influencing, haha. I adore your tutorials, Denay :)
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I loved coloring Easter eggs with the children! And I love all the vibrant colors of the eggs when done! It is a wonderful family tradition that is carried down from generation to generation…. we do them at my sister’s house – now with grown children and grandchildren! :)
I love that you included exactly how many drops of each food colour to get all the different, vibrant shades! Thanks for making an age-old holiday craft seem new again.
Easter is my favorite!! I can’t wait to dye easter eggs. Great tips! I see that you have quite a lot of affiliate links scattered. Is that working for you? I am fairly new to blogging and still testing the waters. Would appreciate any feedback!
Yes! Love these vibrant Easter eggs! I haven’t dyed eggs in a few years, and I am looking forward to doing it this year! Such a fun tradition!
Great tips! I haven’t dyed eggs is forever, but just bought so,w supplies yesterday! Can’t wait to mix these colors!
These colors are gorgeous! Thanks for including specific directions to get those beautiful eggs!
We dye eggs with my husband’s family. Then they save the best one each year to save and use for future years!
Love the colour guide… this will make my life so much easier! Cheers!
These look so amazing! I just love photos of Easter eggs! :D
I needed this refresher and such a brilliant color guide for dying eggs! Great read
This is a tradition we love at our house. I’m looking forward to using your color list this year and getting some fun new shades of dye to try!!!
Your dyed eggs look beautiful! I love coloring easter eggs but they never get as deep of a color as I would like. I can’t wait to use your guide this weekend. I’m going to pick up the Neon Dye today!
So much fun! We haven’t tried the neon dye yet…this year we are planning to do some pastel colors and some vivid colors so the timing of your post was great! Also love the list of the colors & how to make them! Thanks!!!
No way! Look at you Easter queen! You literally made it SO easy to color Easter eggs in every shade imaginable! This is SUCH a cool post! No more boring eggs in my house. Love your posts Denay! Your creativity and imagery are so awesome!
Great tutorial!!! I promised my daughter that we would dye eggs this weekend!!! So excited :)