How to Dye Hard-Boiled Eggs


Dyed hard-boiled eggs are an Easter tradition whether they are a delicate pastel or bold primary color. Children especially look forward to egg dying and the later hunt for these edible treasures. You can buy egg dying kits and most stores near the holiday, but you will be limited in color options and they often are weak in pigment. A better option is to make your own dye from items you most likely have in your pantry. It will make for a memorable occasion for the kids when they blend their own custom colors.

Step 1

Mix 6 drops of liquid food coloring or 1/4 tsp. of paste food coloring in 1 cup hot water. Mix a separate color in each bowl. Add 1/4 cup vinegar to each bowl and mix well. Paste colors will give bolder colors than liquid and offer a larger range of colors.

Step 2

Place an egg in each bowl, submerging it below the surface of the dye. Allow it to sit in the dye for 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 3

Lift the egg from the dye with a slotted spoon. You can leave it in the dye longer for a more intense color.

Step 4

Set the egg into the egg carton to dry. When the top of the egg appears dry, lift it carefully from the carton. Dab the excess dye from the bottom of the carton with a paper towel. Set the egg back in the carton with the opposite side, which will still be wet, facing up to finish drying.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear an old t-shirt or smock to avoid food coloring stains.

Things You'll Need

  • Food coloring
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Measuring cup
  • Small bowls or cups
  • Slotted spoon
  • Egg carton
  • Paper towels


  • Fabulous foods egg dying tips
Keywords: egg, dye, easter, boiled

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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

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