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How to Dye Eggs with Food Coloring

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Skip the cheap egg kits and dye beautiful eggs at home! Learn how to dye eggs with food coloring using my egg color chart to make beautiful eggs in all colors. For more egg dyeing posts see my Easter page.

How to Dye Eggs with Food Coloring

Easter is a time of joy and celebration. One Easter tradition our family is we love decorating eggs with different types of dyes! In my last post How to Dye Easter Eggs with Turmeric, I showed you how to make natural egg dyes by boiling down different foods to make a colorful broth to dye your eggs in.

This post shows you the easiest way how to dye eggs with food coloring and you probably already have a set in your pantry. With a few simple supplies, you can create beautiful eggs with all of the many colors of the rainbow.

Skip the store-bought egg kits and use liquid food coloring instead to create beautiful Easter eggs. Food dye allows you to make lots of shades of color by using certain amounts of drops of the primary color tubes in each set. With those kits all you get are the color tabs provided.

I even created a with a fun cheat sheet that has the formulas on how to make pastels, rich deep colors and neon eggs!

The process is surprisingly easy, and it’s fun to watch the colors form as you paint your eggs. You can get really creative when mixing the colors to create even more shades and hues!

Making Designs While Dyeing Easter Eggs

These are some of the easiest and most popular ways to decorate eggs while dyeing them or after they dry.

  • Place rubber bands wrapped around the eggs before dyeing to create lines and patterns. Remove the bands after dyeing to reveal the design.
  • Add stickers before or after dyeing the eggs to create patterns or designs.
  • Use a white wax crayon to draw designs on your egg before dyeing them.
  • Use painters tape or washi tape and scissors to make tape designs on the eggs before or after dyeing the eggs.
  • Use sharpie pens to create designs on the eggs after dyeing.

Egg Dye Color Combinations

Most food coloring kits come with 3-4 primary colors that you can mix together to create the different color hues. Grab the Egg Dyeing Chart below as an easy reference when adding dye to the bowls!

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How to Dye Eggs with Food Coloring

INGREDIENTS

  • 10-20 drops of liquid food dye, (per color) Download the color chart above for specific colors
  • 1/2 cup boiling water, (per color)
  • 1 tsp white vinegar, (per color)
  • 12 hard-boiled eggs, more on how to cook eggs
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INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cover your counter or table with newspaper or parchment paper to protect it from transfer of the dye.
  • Choose your colors and make sure to have a cup/bowl for each color.
  • Boil the water in a saucepan to use for each cup.
  • Place 1/2 cup water and 1 teaspoon vinegar in each cup.
  • Add 10-20 drops of liquid food dye to each cup.
  • Stir the cups to blend the mixture.
  • Submerge your eggs in the cups.
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  • It takes around 5-30 minutes for your eggs to be dyed. The longer you leave the eggs in the dye, the darker they will get. See my chart for exact colors, drop amounts and times.
  • Use paper towels or a cooling rack to rest the eggs to dry.

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Food Color Dyed Eggs

No more egg kits! Easily dye eggs at home with food coloring.
Servings: 12 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 78

Ingredients

  • 10-20 drops of liquid food dye, (per color) See tips below.
  • ½ cup boiling water, (per color)
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar, (per color)
  • 12 boiled eggs

Instructions

  • Cover your counter or table with newspaper or parchment paper to protect it from transfer of the dye.
  • Choose your colors and make sure to have a cup/bowl for each color.
  • Boil the water in a saucepan to use for each cup.
  • Place ½ cup water and 1 teaspoon vinegar in each cup/bowl.
  • Add 10-20 drops of liquid food dye to each cup.
  • Stir the cups to blend the mixture.
  • Submerge your eggs in the cups.
  • It takes around 5-10 minutes for your eggs to be dyed. The longer you leave the eggs in the dye, the darker they will get.
  • Use paper towels or a cooling rack to rest the eggs on after removing them from the cups to dry.

Nutrition

Serving: 1egg | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 63mg | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition info provided is only an estimate. See my nutrition disclaimer for more info on how the data is collected for recipes.

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