Old-Fashioned Egg Dye Colors Recipe

Jessica Published March 14, 2020

Easter egg hunting is such a fun activity during the Easter season. We’re always looking forward to seeing those bright and colorful Easter eggs hidden just underneath our noses. Here’s a bit of an old-fashioned method you can try with just a few easy steps.

How To Make Old-Fashioned Egg Dye Colors

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Coloring your Easter eggs is as easy as 1-2-3. We've got a classic way to give your eggs that standout shade in time for one of the most awaited festivities of the year.
15 mins
5 mins
20 mins


  • Paper Towel / Newspaper
  • Medium Sized Bowl
  • Egg Dipper / Tongs


  • 1/2 Cup boiling water
  • Hard-boiled eggs White-shelled
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp Food coloring


  • Cover your working surface with paper towel or newspaper so that the dye doesn't go on the surface.
  • Combine boiling water, vinegar and food color into the bowl.
  • Dip hard-boiled eggs in dye for about 5 minutes or until it achieves the desired color.
  • For variety, try dipping the top half in one color and the bottom half in another; or leaving the egg in the dye for different lengths of time. This creates different shades of that color.
  • Use a slotted spoon or tongs to add or remove eggs from dye.
  • Following are some color combinations to create a vivid palette of colors for your Easter eggs:
  • Lime - 24 yellow, 4 green
  • Purple - 15 blue, 5 red
  • Cantaloupe - 24 yellow, 2 red
  • Jade - 17 green, 3 blue
  • Plum - 10 red, 4 blue
  • Spearmint - 12 green, 6 yellow, 2 blue
  • Raspberry - 14 red, 6 blue
  • Maize - 24 yellow, 1 red
  • Watermelon - 25 red, 2 blue
  • Teal - 15 green, 5 blue
  • Grape - 17 blue, 3 red
  • Fuchsia - 18 red, 2 blue
  • Orange Sunset - 17 yellow, 3 red
  • Jungle Green - 14 green, 6 yellow

Recipe Notes

Aside from trying out a variety of colors to add life to your Easter eggs, don't forget that it is also essential that you cook your hard-boiled eggs right. 
Keep in mind that aside from opting for solid-colored Easter eggs, you can get creative by experimenting with stripped-designs or even ombre colors to mix things up a bit. There are even other methods you can to dye your eggs to your desired colors - food coloring is just one way to do it. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 1kcal | Sodium: 6mg

Commonly Asked Questions

Can brown eggs be dyed?

Yes, brown eggs can be easily dyed. Plus, you wouldn’t have to worry about a color difference since brown eggs produce prettier colors compared to white eggshells. 

What can you use instead of vinegar for dying eggs?

If you’re out of vinegar for dying your eggs, an alternative would be lemon or lime juice – so long as it has a strong acidity like vinegar. The vinegar reacts with the coloring components so that the colors stick to the eggshells.


Coloring your Easter Eggs is not only a fun activity you do alone. This is a great activity to spend time with your kids since they'll get excited to create their customized Easter eggs.

Coloring the eggs with old-fashioned food coloring is just one way to do it. There are other natural and artificial ways to color your Easter eggs. All you need to do is check them out and see if you can achieve your desired design.



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