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April 17, 2014

Easter Egg Dyeing Color Wheels

Our color wheels and formulas will yield a rainbow of opportunity this Easter. From eye-popping neons to pretty pastels, any color Easter egg is possible with the a few drops of the right dye and an eye on the time. 

Egg Dyeing Basics

Before dyeing eggs, protect your work area with paper towels or newspaper. Wipe eggs with white vinegar; this will help them dye more evenly. 


Mix 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and 1 cup of hot water in a heatproof bowl, cup, or jar deep enough to let you submerge an egg completely. Add liquid food coloring as indicated in the free printable charts for each hue. Submerge eggs in dye. 

Color Wheel Hues

To create different tints of color, vary dipping times: Submerge eggs for less than 5 minutes for light colors and leave the egg in for 10 minutes or more for deeper shades. 

Using tongs makes handling the eggs easy. When using more than one color on an egg, it usually works best if you use similar colors, such as green and blue or red and orange (colors that are adjacent on these "color wheels.") Very different colors, such as red and green, tend to look muddy if they overlap (these colors are opposite each other on the color wheel).

egg-dyeing-app-d107182-color-wheel-light0414.jpg Photography by: Emily Kate Roemer

Light Hues

To get pretty pastel eggs, dip them in the colored water for shorter periods of time. 

Follow our handy color wheel chart to see how many drops of each color to add to your water. 

egg-dyeing-app-d107182-color-wheel-dark0414.jpg Photography by: Emily Kate Roemer

Dark Hues

For more richly hued eggs, leave your eggs in the water longer (in some cases, more than 10 minutes). 

egg-dyeing-app-d107182-color-wheel-neon0414.jpg Photography by: Emily Kate Roemer

Neon Hues

To add a bright pop of color to your to your Easter basket, follow our neon bright color wheel. 

Get the Easter Egg Color Wheel Charts

Comments (2)

  • Lisa Graham 18 Apr, 2014

    I have used the color wheel to dye eggs in the Dark Hues and they came out GREAT!
    Now I wanna try the Neon Hues... But I'm unclear on how to make them... 10 drops of what per cup of water?

  • Stacy Hynes 21 Mar, 2015

    The Easter Egg decorating tips are the best for ease of creation and as a wonderful reminder that spring in New England is on is way despite the snow today!