Make your own Easter egg dye!

Make Easter Egg dye from Food Coloring

You don’t have to buy the kits at the store to decorate your Easter Eggs. Make Easter Egg dye from a box of food coloring. A great thing is that you aren’t stuck with just the 4 colors in the box. If you look at the back of some food coloring boxes, there might be recipes to mix colors together. You can end up with 9 different colors if you have red, yellow, green, blue. It tells you how many drops you need of each to make other colors. If your box doesn’t have it on the back I put the recipes down below.


Here’s what you need:

If you have McCormick brand the recipe is on the back of the box. You will also need boiling water, vinegar, and cups to make Easter Egg dye from food coloring.

RED = 20 drops
YELLOW = 20 drops
GREEN = 20 drops
BLUE = 20 drops
PRETTY PURPLE = 5 RED drops + 15 BLUE drops
ORANGE SUNSET = 17 YELLOW drops + 3 RED drops
TEAL = 5 BLUE + 15 GREEN drops
MINT GREEN = 14 GREEN drops + 6 YELLOW drops
DUSTY ROSE = 14 RED drops + 6 BLUE drops

Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 tsp vinegar & the food color. Leave the eggs in the dye for 5 minutes or longer. If you like to do 1/2 and 1/2 hold each side for 5 minutes or longer to get the full color.

Another fun way to color eggs is to fill a flat container with white shaving cream, take your colors and drizzle a little of each around the container. Use a toothpick to swirl the colors around. Put your eggs in and roll them around to get the swirled color. Wipe them off with a paper towel or rag and let them dry. you end up with a swirly kind of tye die effect. Great project for big kids and little kids, outside of course. 

I have a fun experiment to do with eggs, perfect for a science fair project. You can actually make eggs see through and bouncy. Bouncy Egg Science Experiment for Kids, you just need an egg, vinegar, and a jar.


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  1. This is how we always colored eggs when I was a child. We always used the recipe on on food coloring box. That recipe has been on the box for at least 50 years.

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