How to Dye Easter Eggs

Five simple steps for adding a coat of color to those hard-boiled eggs.

What You Need

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Paper towel or newspaper
  • Bowl or cup deep enough to completely submerge an egg
  • Tongs, egg dipper, or slotted spoon
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • Liquid food coloring (about 20 drops per color)


1. Start with cool hard-boiled eggs.


2. Protect your surface by covering with a sheet of newspaper or paper towel.

3. Fill container with the mixture of water, vinegar, and food coloring.

4. Place egg on spoon and dunk, turning occasionally so both sides get color. Keep in liquid for up to 5 minutes, leave in longer for a darker hue.


5. Carefully remove the egg and set aside to dry.

If you’re using a store-bought kit, simply follow the instructions on the package. Or if you’d prefer to use all-natural dyes, get the recipes for Homemade Easter Egg Dyes.

Want to see this technique in action? Watch the video.