Easter Eggs Dyed Without a Kit

How to Dye Easter Eggs Without a Kit

Here’s an easy way to create your own Easter egg dyes using a couple pantry essentials. No kit required.

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  • Author: Erin Huffstetler,
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes (up to 20 minutes)
  • Total Time: 20 minutes (plus dying time)
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Easter
  • Method: Dying
  • Cuisine: American


  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Food coloring
  • White vinegar (see notes for options, if you don’t have vinegar)


Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Measure 1/2 cup of boiling water into a canning jar or another heat-safe container. Then, add one teaspoon of vinegar and 10-20 drops of food coloring. Repeat to create additional colors. If you’re dying eggs with kids, allow the dyes to cool before proceeding.

Soak the eggs in the dye for around five minutes. Flip the eggs halfway through, to ensure both sides are well coated.

Place the dyed eggs back in their carton, and allow them to dry before handling.


  • If you don’t have vinegar, use lemon juice, instead, or just leave it out. Eggs dyed without vinegar will be pastel colored.
  • Place stickers on the eggs before you dye them to create two-toned designs. Remove the stickers once the eggs have dried to reveal the designs.