How to Mix Easter Egg Dye

by Nicholas Briano

Coloring Easter eggs is fun but can sometimes be messy.

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Items you will need

  • Newspaper
  • Shallow cups or bowls
  • Vinegar
  • Measuring cups
  • Food coloring
  • Spoon

Coloring Easter eggs is a longtime tradition among adults and children. Mixing the dye, however, can be a messy process. Many people choose to buy Easter egg coloring kits for the simplicity and convenience. For those types of eggs, the instructions vary but always are printed on the back of the box. For more adventurous parents and guardians, mix Easter egg dye into different colors using water, white vinegar and basic food coloring found at a supermarket.

Step 1

Place newspaper down on your table to protect your furniture. This is important because dye can penetrate wood and some ceramic finishes to permanently stain the surface. Place the cups in a row, at stations where you plan to mix each color.

Step 2

Pour 2/3 cup of hot water into each cup. This will help blend the other ingredients together. Do not place boiling water into the cups. If you are using plastic, it may melt the cup. Let the water cool for a few minutes after it boils. Another alternative is to just let the hot water run in your faucet until it begins to steam. Either method is effective.

Step 3

Pour 2 tbps. of white vinegar into each cup. Add at least five drops of food coloring to each cup. Alternate the colors as you wish. The more food coloring you add, the darker the eggs will be dyed. Mix the food coloring lightly with a spoon. Food coloring can be purchased in the baking aisle of most supermarkets. After you stir the mixture, the eggs are ready to be dyed.


  • Visit the website Ellen's Kitchen for a handy chart of dye mixtures to create custom colors not sold alone in food coloring bottles. The chart can create colors such as violet, orange and brown.

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About the Author

Living in New York City, Nicholas Briano has been a professional journalist since 2002. He writes for "The Wave," a community weekly covering the borough of Queens. Briano holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brooklyn College.