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ULTIMATE How to for dying Easter eggs with food coloring

Posted by  ·  March 22, 2018  ·  Last Updated: February 22, 2019

Dying Easter eggs with food coloring is easy and makes bright beautiful eggs! No need to run to the store and buy an expensive egg dying kit!  With a few ingredients, already in your cupboard, you have all you need for coloring Easter eggs!

For more decorating ideas, check out this post on creative ways to decorate Easter eggs.  Don’t forget to EGG your neighbor. Your kids will love this activity! They might also like these free Easter coloring pages.

Dying Easter eggs how to dye eggs with food coloring

Supplies for Dying Easter Eggs

  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • White Vinegar
  • Hard Boiled Eggs (learn how to make the perfect hard boiled eggs with these tips)
  • Whisk (optional)

how to dye eggs with food coloring supplies

How to dye eggs step by step

  1. Place 1/2 cup tap water in containers.
  2. Place 20 drops of food coloring (I used 40 drops and 1 cup to accommodate the size of my glasses)
  3. Mix well.
  4. Add in 1 tablespoon white vinegar and stir.
  5. To create new colors follow the guide on the back of the box. Most liquid food coloring boxes found at the grocery store will have a handy color mixing guide on the back of the box.

Dying Easter Eggs with food coloring tips

  • Warning food coloring is safe but will stain clothing
  • The longer you leave the eggs in the food coloring mixture the brighter the eggs. Start with a few minutes and then go from there.  A great experiment for kids!
  • A whisk is super handy for dipping the eggs

how to dye eggs with food coloring recipeHave you ever tried putting your eggs inside a whisk? This simple idea makes dying eggs a lot easier for kids and toddlers! Egg stays put and is easy to retrieve!

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Just place the egg inside the whisk and dip inside the desired color. No more mess! Be sure to leave eggs in the dye longer than you think to get those bright colors! Also, have children wear old clothes or protective clothing and cover the table! If the weather is nice, we have a lot of success, dying eggs outside!

how to dye eggs with food coloring using a whisk

More coloring Easter eggs ideas

Here are some  fun Easter egg decorating ideas

Shaving Cream Eggs

shaving cream dyed eggs

Glitter Eggs


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Chalkboard painted eggs Kids love coloring their eggs (over and over).

chalkboard painted eggs

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  1. Joyce
    Friday, March 16th, 2018
    Great idea using a whisk. Curious if this food colouring dye works for the crafting eggs I bought at Michaels. They don't take the typical egg dying kits well.
  2. netta
    Sunday, April 16th, 2017
    You can color with crayons pictures before you die your eggs, too.
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
      Netta I remember doing this as a child. We would use a white crayon to make designs and then the dye wouldn't stick in those areas. It is like batik for eggs. So fun! Thanks for reminding me.
  3. Jenny Dimmick
    Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
    Nice idea!
  4. Sunday, March 27th, 2016
    Thanks for the tip about using food coloring, so next year as we already bought & used the egg kit last night, LOL
  5. Carolyn
    Sunday, March 27th, 2016
    How long do you leave them submerged in the dye?
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
      The brightest colors were in 15 minutes or longer.
  6. Yavon
    Monday, March 7th, 2016
    so how you going to get the egg out of the whisk without making a bigger mess?!
    • Monday, March 7th, 2016
      Hi Yavon,

      I move two of the whisk wires apart and let the egg roll gently out onto a paper towel. Hope this helps.
  7. Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
    Thanks for the tips. I will definitely try the putting your eggs inside a whisk idea. I never thought of that. Very creative. Perfect for this Easter Sunday.