Here’s an easy tutorial on How To Dye Easter Eggs and Get Vibrant Colors with something you already have in your pantry for your Easter Baskets this year!

Not only is dying Easter eggs so much fun but brighter eggs are great for an Easter egg hunt, too!

Easter Eggs in an egg container

How to Dye Easter Eggs and Get Vibrant Colors

Using gel food coloring can really help to get that white part of the egg a bright color! I like using this dye solution better than regular food coloring for this reason! You can use this to start a new Easter tradition and create fun new colors every year.

Once you see this simple idea and how well it creates this bright Easter egg recipe, you’re going to tell everyone that this is your favorite way to get beautiful Easter eggs.

Below you’ll find the easy step by step instructions that will give you the best results! You’ll love how these easy tips show you perfectly how to get darker colors on your eggs!

No matter if you’re using white eggs or brown eggs, you’ll still love how simple this Easter egg dye is to use and how awesome it makes them look! This is one fun activity that the whole family can join in on!

Items needed to Dye Easter Eggs

  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Food Coloring Gels
  • Vinegar
  • Water

For about $3 , I picked up 4 colors – magenta, teal, orange, and purple. Perfect!

Here’s a tutorial on How To Dye Easter Eggs and Get Vibrant Colors in your Easter Baskets this year!

Step 1 for Dying Easter Eggs: Hard Boil Your Eggs

boiling eggs in a pot on the stove

First, lay your eggs gently in a pot that is large enough where the eggs don’t touch that much. Cover with cold water until the water is about 1 inch above the eggs.

Set a timer for 10 minutes and wait. At the end of the ten minutes, carefully drain the hot water out of the pot and cover with cold water.

Chill until the eggs are no longer warm. I like to run the water for a few minutes to make sure it’s nice and cold.

Here’s a full tutorial on how to hard boil eggs!

 Step 2 For Dying Easter Eggs: Prepare the Dye

bowls of dye for eggs

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil on the stove for 4 colors. To the four bowls, add 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar to and fill with 3/4 cup of water.

Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of the food dye  – depending on how strong you’d like the color – and stir.

Mix carefully or you’ll end up with dye on your countertops that will take a little scrubbing to get off.

Step 3 for Dying Easter Eggs: Dye the Eggs

holding the egg on the spoon and getting ready to drop it into the dye

Carefully place your eggs in the dye bath with a spoon or tongs. Leave the egg in the dye until the desired color is reached.

Let the eggs dry completely before touching.

putting the eggs into the food dye

That’s it! Perfectly, bright and vibrant colored Easter Eggs!

dyed easter eggs drying on a wire rack

Keep in the fridge until Easter and then hide and eat!

Have you ever wondered:

Why do we have Easter eggs?

For Christians, the Easter egg is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Painting Easter eggs is an especially beloved tradition in the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches where the eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on the cross. Easter eggs are blessed by the priest at the end of the Paschal vigil and distributed to the congregants. The hard shell of the egg represents the sealed Tomb of Christ, and cracking the shell represents Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Moreover, historically Christians would abstain from eating eggs and meat during Lent, and Easter was the first chance to eat eggs after a long period of abstinence.

Where did the idea of Easter eggs come from?

Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection.

Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources.

One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

Why do you roll an Easter egg?

In England, Germany, and other countries, children traditionally rolled eggs down hillsides at Ēostre festivities. After mergers of celebrations, this may have become symbolic of the rolling away of the rock from Jesus Christ’s tomb before his resurrection.

In the United States, the Easter Egg Roll is an annual event, held on the White House South Lawn each Easter Monday for children and their parents. It is always hosted by the president of the United States and the first Lady.

The Egg Roll is a race, where children push an egg through the grass with a long-handled spoon. There is also appearances by White House personalities in Easter Bunny costumes, speeches and book-reading by cabinet secretaries, and exhibits of artistically-decorated eggs.

According to tradition, Dolley Madison, the wife of President James Madison, began the event in 1814 and hundreds of children brought their decorated eggs to join in games. The original site was on the grounds of the United States Capitol, but in 1877 a new lawn was planted there and the gardeners canceled the event. Congress then passed a law making it illegal to use the capitol grounds as a children’s playground.

How To Dye Easter Eggs and Get Vibrant Colors

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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!


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  5. Your eggs turned out great! I will have to look for the Wilton gels when I go to the grocery store. Thanks for sharing!

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