Learn How to Dye Easter Eggs with Food Coloring in this easy tutorial. Ditch the Easter eggs dyeing kit and do it from scratch instead!

For just $1.50 you can color one dozen eggs. That is about $0.13 per egg!

To make the perfect hard-boiled eggs for coloring, use this tutorial for making Instant Pot Hard Boil Eggs.

A picture of dyed Easter eggs with good coloring bottles in the background.

How to Dye Easter Eggs

Sure, you can go buy a fancy Easter Egg kit at the store, but you can actually make it at home without it. Using just three ingredients that you most likely already have! Grab some eggs, food coloring, and vinegar, and you are ready to go. 

I will show you just how EASY it is to make Easter Egg dye at home with my step-by-step directions. What I love about making it at home is how creative you can be. The kid in you can have just as much fun with decorating Easter Eggs as the actual kids!

How to Dye Easter Eggs Without a Kit

You can make the color of the dye more or less vibrant according to your style. Adjusting the amount of food coloring you add to the vinegar is how you can easily change the dye’s intensity when dyeing the Easter Eggs. 

You can get creative with your designs using items around the house. For example, wrap the egg in rubber bands before placing it in the dye. After removing the egg from the dye and letting it dry, remove the rubber bands to reveal cool stripes all over the egg. 

Or place decals on the egg before placing it in the dye. After removing the egg and letting it dry, you can remove the decals to reveal the decal’s shape on the egg. Use a white crayon to draw designs or words on the egg, and the dye will not color that part of the egg. 

Grab your kiddos, or your friends, for a fun-filled night expressing your creativity in this classic Easter Egg coloring tradition!

An overhead picture of the finished dyed easter eggs.

The hardest part will be deciding what to do with all those hard-boiled eggs! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Do you need vinegar to dye eggs?

If you do not have vinegar you can use lemon juice as a substitute. This is an alternative to use as an acid to give the dye a vibrant color. You can also just use water instead but the eggs will be a light pastel without an acid to dye them in.

Is it better to dye Easter eggs warm or cold?

While you would probably be ok to use warm eggs, I prefer to use cold eggs when dyeing them. They are easier to handle when they are cold, especially if you plan to do various designs on them.

Can you dye raw eggs for Easter?

Technically, you can dye raw eggs but I would not recommend it! You run the risk of breaking the egg, resulting in a mess. Especially if you are working with younger children! Take the time to Hard Boil your eggs first, it will be well worth the extra time!

How to make Frozen Peanut Butter Pie:

A picture collage showing how to dye Easter eggs without a kit.

Cook’s Tools:

  • Glasses or containers for dipping
  • Spoons
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Drying rack made from foam board and pins OR paper towels

Ingredients and Cost

Recipe cost: $7.74

Per Serving Cost: $0.65

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour – $0.48
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda – $0.01
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder – $0.30
  • ½ teaspoon table salt – $0.01
  • 1 ¼ cup unsalted butter – $1.60
  • 1 cup granulated sugar – $0.23
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar – $0.44
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – $0.68
  • 2 large eggs – $0.20
  • 1 large egg yolk – $0.05
  • 11.5 ounce bag milk chocolate chips – $1.98
A picture of all the ingredients needed to make Peanut Butter Cookie Pie.
All of the ingredients needed to Dye Easter Eggs with food coloring.

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5 from 6 votes

How to Dye Easter Eggs

Recipe Cost $ $1.50
Serving Cost $ $0.13
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
12 eggs
Learn How to Dye Easter Eggs with Food Coloring in this easy tutorial. Ditch the Easter eggs dyeing kit and do it from scratch instead!


  • Glasses or containers
  • Spoons
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • Drying rack OR paper towels


  • 12 Hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar for each color so 12 teaspoons total
  • Food coloring


  • Add 1 cup boiling water to a heat-safe glass.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of vinegar.
  • Add 10-12 drops of food coloring, depending on how dark you want the coloring.
  • Lower an egg carefully into the colored water. Make sure the egg is completely submerged in the dye.
  • Repeat with all colors.
  • Let the eggs sit in the dye until the desired color is reached.
  • Remove the eggs from the dye and place them on a drying rack or paper towel.


Tools needed for Food Coloring Eggs:
  • Glasses or containers for dipping, be sure they hold at least 1 cup of water.
  • Spoons or other utensils to transfer eggs in and out of containers.
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Drying rack OR paper towels
To make your own drying rack, you’ll need foam core board (it’s easiest with a grid on it) and straight pins. Push the pins into the board in an even pattern.


Serving: 1egg | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 63mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. My and my kids are so excited to color eggs this year. It is such a fun family tradition.

  2. Beth Sachs says:

    Such an easy-to-follow guide. I’ll be doing this with my kids in the run-up to Easter!

  3. They look fantastic. What lovely colors. Bright and so fun. Thanks for all the tips. I will make them with my kids.

  4. Thanks for sharing all your tips on how to dye Easter eggs — can’t wait to try with my boys!

  5. Alisa Infanti says:

    I miss doing this with the kids…I think I might just do this myself for a fun lockdown activity with a glass of wine. Who says it has to be for kids!

  6. This is so awesome! Thanks for the idea!