Continuing with our week of Easter Basics… now that you have the recipe for perfectly hard-boiled eggs, we figured it would be fun to share how to make your own Easter Egg Dye. This recipe will come in handy should you forget to buy one of those packets with the dye tablets (like I did last year), but actually I am so happy I forgot because it forced me to learn how to make egg dye. It is incredibly easy, and when you make it yourself you can create fun, custom colors!
A separate container is needed for each color of Easter egg dye. Note that plastic or ceramic containers may be ruined by dye. We prefer wide-mouth mason jars because we have several of them handy and the glass is sturdy. You may cut the dye recipe in half or double to suit the size of your container.
Basic Easter Egg Dye Recipe
:: 1 cup boiling water
:: 2 teaspoon white vinegar
:: 10-20 drops food coloring
Add ingredients to desired container and mix well. Repeat for each color. Dip hard-boiled eggs in dye for 5 minutes or longer to achieve desired color vibrancy. Let dry.
You can make dye in just the primary colors that came in your food color set, but the fun really begins when you start mixing things together! Try the combinations below to or mix up your own custom blends. We love to use the Neon food coloring set for an added range of color options.
ORANGE :: 17 yellow + 3 red
RASPBERRY :: 14 red + 6 blue
PLUM :: 10 red + 4 blue
PURPLE :: 15 blue + 5 red
TEAL :: 15 green + 5 blue
MINT :: 12 green + 4 yellow + 2 blue
LIME :: 15 yellow + 5 green
UPDATE: Here’s a handy color chart we just found from McCormick: