How to Make Homemade Coloring for Easter Eggs


Egg dyeing goes back to medieval times when people used them to celebrate spring and Passover. Easter is still a glorious time to color eggs. Children have fun mixing colors to make their own creations with store-bought packaged kits. However, this year, try coloring eggs a different way---with what you have in your home or kitchen. Using household materials makes this project inexpensive while the kids learn from this artful adventure. There are several ways to dye eggs your way, so let the creativity begin!

Step 1

Spread a plastic tablecloth on the work area to keep mess to a minimum.

Step 2

Measure 1/4 teaspoon of each store bought food coloring. Food coloring goes a long way so use it sparingly. Blend colors for custom hues (remember that red and blue make purple, red and yellow make orange, and yellow and blue make green).

Step 3

Pour each color into separate small glass bowls or ceramic cups. Add 1 tablespoon white vinegar per bowl, then 3/4 cup hot water to each.

Step 4

Dip hard-boiled eggs in bowls and allow to sit until dyed to the intensity you want.

Step 5

Remove the eggs from the bowl with a slotted spoon. Dry eggs then polish with a soft cloth dubbed in a very small amount of cooking oil for sheen.

Tips and Warnings

  • Refrigerate hard-boiled eggs if you intend to eat them.

Things You'll Need

  • plastic tablecloth
  • choice of store-bought food coloring
  • measuring cup
  • one teaspoon white vinegar
  • small glass bowls
  • 3/4 cup hot water


  • Betty Crocker: "Egg Dyeing"
  • Kids' Turn Central: "Make Some Easter Eggs"
Keywords: Easter Eggs, Homemade egg dye, Coloring

About this Author

Scott Mann has written articles for University of Phoenix as well as Xerox Corporation. Scott has been writing since 2005 on topics ranging from customer service to processes on complex equipment. Mann graduated from University of Phoenix with a Masters in Business Administration.

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