If you're dyeing Easter eggs this year, follow these five simple steps for adding a coat of color to those hard-boiled eggs.

By Lauren Phillips
January 28, 2019

Around this time of year, anyone who follows a crafty Easter-celebrator (or, likely, several) will probably see plenty of pictures and videos of people dyeing Easter eggs. These beautiful, surprisingly simple, DIY Easter traditions are created by coloring Easter eggs different shades, sometimes with unique Easter egg designs and patterns for extra oomph. Admiring those pretty dyed eggs is easy; figuring out how to dye eggs neatly, and without shattered shells, is a whole different story.

Unsuccessful egg coloring endeavors can end with improperly prepared eggs, a food coloring disaster (good luck washing that red dye out), and a lot of eggshell shards. Fortunately, successfully dyeing Easter eggs is as easy as finding the right instructions—and the steps here are a tried-and-true method of coloring Easter eggs with classic pastels and even bolder hues, if you want.

The key to the egg dyeing process is taking your time. Waiting for hard-boiled eggs to cool isn’t exciting, sure, but not waiting guarantees some burned fingers. The same goes for letting the eggs soak in the dye for long enough: Remove them too soon and you’ll have a watery finish. With a little patience, though, you’ll soon have some photo-worthy dyed Easter eggs. And if figuring out how to dye eggs isn’t quite within your ability, there are plenty of other Easter egg decorating ideas to try. Now go forth and dye.

What You Need

  • Hard-boiled eggs (here's how to cook them perfectly)
  • Paper towel or newspaper
  • Bowl or cup deep enough to completely submerge an egg
  • Tongs, egg dipper, or slotted spoon
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • Liquid food coloring (about 20 drops per color)

How to Dye Eggs

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 enough water to cover the egg, one teaspoon of white vinegar, and about 20 drops of food coloring. The more food coloring you add, the darker the color of the egg will be.

4. Place egg on a slotted or regular 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.

 How to Dye Eggs

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

If you’re using a store-bought kit for dying Easter eggs, 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. And make sure you're keeping an eye on how long hard boiled eggs last!

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