How to Dye Easter Eggs with Household Items for FREE!

Blog | March 4th, 2023

We’ve come a long way from the days when the smell of vinegar based dye was our only option for beautiful Easter eggs! That lingering scent was almost enough to turn decorating into a dreaded chore rather than a fun filled activity. Hopping forward, we now have other sweeter ways to dye eggs without being forced to put them all in that one messy basket! Here are some ways to make every egg a prize with items you likely already have in your home!

Cool Whip

Far from the days of vinegar is this coloring technique that’s so good you’ll want to taste the other rainbow!

  • Spread Cool Whip onto a baking sheet about an inch deep.
  • Drop dots of neon food coloring over the cool whip and use a spoon to gently swirl the color.
  • Do not over mix!
  • Roll the eggs in the mixture, careful not to mix the colors, then place them in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse and gently dry them off.

Coffee Filters

Here’s an inexpensive, fun and odorless way to brew up some fabulous eggs this year!

  • Color coffee filters with markers.
  • Placing the pointed end of egg in the middle of one coffee filter, wrap and secure the top with a rubber band.
  • Hold the rubber band end with one hand and lightly spray with a water bottle until the colors begin to blend and bleed…don’t over saturate.
  • Place sprayed eggs in a cupcake tin and allow to dry.
  • Carefully unwrap and enjoy!


You’ve probably already thought of this one but just in case — use stickers to decorate your eggs! This method is pretty easy for all ages of the family and creates very little mess. You can find perfect stickers like these on Amazon or from the Dollar Store.


Another pretty easy way to dye eggs at home is to use Kool-Aid! You may even already have a pack in your pantry for an Easter activity in a pinch.

  • Pour ⅔ cup of water into individual containers.
  • Add a full packet of Kool-Aid mix to each and stir well.
  • Place one egg into each cup.
  • Leave egg in for about a minute, until the desired color is achieved. 
  • Place the egg on a paper towel lined tray or in a clean, empty egg carton until dry.

Sharpie Speckles

If Sharpies seem too risky in your household, you can also use magic markers for this one!

  • Place a sticker with a distinct shape on a hard boiled egg.
  • Using a sharpie, add “dots” around the sticker, beginning with many close together and fading as you move from the sticker.
  • Be sure it’s dry then remove the sticker for an adorable and unique design!


If you hate glitter, skip right over this one because you’re not going to like this idea!

  • Add glitter to disposable cups, one color per cup. Or make one multicolored.
  • Apply modge podge directly onto hard boiled or plastic eggs using a paint brush.
  • Roll eggs, one at a time in desired colors.
  • Allow the glitter to dry for about an hour.


The word “watercolor” by itself sounds like spring and now, little ones can see the magic unfold, just in time for Easter!

  • Save and wash single serve jello or pudding cups.
  • Place one hardboiled egg in each cup.
  • Add paint in additional disposable cups, one color per container.
  • Using a dropper, slowly dribble small amounts of watercolors over each egg and watch them transform into the colors of Easter!
  • Remove and allow to dry on a plate or in a clean egg carton.

Plant Power

Veggies aren’t just good for you, they’re good for dying eggs too. If you don’t like chemicals in your home, this is a great option for Easter 2023!

  • Use regular dyeing techniques, mainly soaking the hard boiled egg in the veggie colors until you reach your desired look.
  • In this case just remember…grape juice makes dark purple, blueberries (fresh or frozen) make light purple, fresh beets make red, spinach makes green.
  • For ultra detailed instructions, click here!

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