Dye Easter Eggs in Any Color of the Rainbow with This Chart
Any hue is possible with a few drops of dye and an eye on the time.
If Easter were a color, it would be as varied and vibrant as spring itself. New grass green, robin's egg blue, bunny nose pink—they're all part of the patchwork of April, along with the bright sun and azure sky, verdant clusters of clover in a meadow, and furry brown critters who've reawakened after a long winter nap. The spring tradition of exchanging brightly colored eggs dates back centuries. This year, squeeze a few drops from the bottle and follow this easy-to-read chart. Our formulas will yield a rainbow of opportunity from eye-popping neons to pretty pastels.
Before dyeing eggs, protect your work area with paper towels or newspaper. Wipe eggs with white vinegar; this will help them dye more evenly.
How to Dye an Easter Egg
Mix one teaspoon of white vinegar and one 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. 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). If you're making multiple batches, consider building an egg-drying rack with flathead pins and foam board. This will prevent the color from pooling and drying in an uneven fashion, and it can be saved for use year after year.
To dye pretty pastel eggs, dip them in the colored water for shorter periods of time. Follow our handy color wheel chart using the formulas below. Use this as a guide: Color Desired = Drops Per Cup of Water + Minutes.
- Yellow = 20 Yellow + 1/2
- Yellow-Orange = 19 Yellow and 1 Red + 2
- Orange = 17 Yellow and 3 Red + 2 1/2
- Pink-Orange = 6 Red and 14 Yellow + 2
- Pink = 20 Red + 1
- Pink-Violet = 10 Blue and 10 Red + 1
- Violet = 15 Blue and 5 Red + 1
- Blue Violet = 18 Blue and 2 Red + 1
- Blue = 20 Blue + 1/2
- Blue-Green = 6 Blue and 14 Green + 1 1/2
- Green = 20 Green + 1/2
- Yellow-Green = 15 Yellow and 5 Green + 1/2
To dye richly hued eggs, leave your eggs in the water longer (in some cases, more than 10 minutes). Follow our handy color wheel chart using the formulas below, using this as a guide: Color Desired = Drops Per Cup of Water + Minutes.
- Yellow = 20 Yellow + 15
- Yellow-Orange = 19 Yellow and 1 Red + 12
- Orange = 17 Yellow and 3 Red + 12
- Red-Orange = 6 Red and 14 Yellow + 12
- Red = 20 Red + 4
- Red-Violet = 10 Blue and 10 Red + 5
- Violet = 15 Blue and 5 Red + 7
- Blue-Violet = 18 Blue and 2 Red + 5
- Blue = 20 Blue + 5
- Blue-Green = 6 Blue and 14 Green + 8
- Green = 20 Green + 8
- Yellow Green = 15 Yellow and 5 Green + 10
To dye a bright pop of color to your eggs, use neon-tinted coloring in a range of time (anywhere from 1 to 25 minutes). Follow our handy color wheel chart using the formulas below, using this as your guide: Color Desired = Drops Per Cup of Water + Minutes.
- Dark Neon Green = 10 + 25
- Medium Neon Green = 10 + 8
- Light Neon Green = 10 + 1
- Dark Neon Pink = 10 + 10
- Medium Neon Pink = 10 + 5
- Light Neon Pink = 10 + 1
- Dark Neon Purple = 10 + 10
- Medium Neon Purple = 10 + 5
- Light Neon Purple = 10 + 1
- Dark Neon Blue = 10 + 10
- Medium Neon Blue = 10 + 5
- Dark Neon Blue = 10 + 1