Dyeing Easter Eggs with Baking Soda Paint

It’s that time of year again! Instead of dying your Easter Eggs the traditional way, try making some baking soda paint! It’s a creative, messy and fun method that kids will LOVE.

A New Way to Dye Easter Eggs

If you’re looking for a fun way to entertain your kids this Easter season, try making some baking soda paint and dying your hard boiled eggs for an amazingly colorful new method for dying eggs. The best part? Adding vinegar to “rinse” off the eggs and get a cool experiment. It’s an added bonus, plus the vinegar helps keep the colors bright and vibrant.

Overhead photo of seven colored easter eggs on an egg platter.

Materials Needed

Most of these items you will need are extremely common. I wouldn’t be surprised if you had most of these on hand already!


  • Baking Soda– this is what we are going to use as the base of our paint
  • Liquid or Gel Food Coloring– the liquid food coloring will mix in a little easier, but if you only have gel, it will still work!
  • Water– we will use this to water down our paint.
  • Hard Boiled Eggs– because we are making Easter Eggs, afterall
  • Muffin Tins– this makes a great spot to mix up the different colored paints as well as a great place to keep the already painted eggs.
  • White Distilled Vinegar– to rinse our eggs off

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Baking Soda

Step 1: Make the Baking Soda Paint

Add about 1/4 cup of baking soda to each muffin tin OR to a few small bowls that are non-porous. Don’t use plastic bowls because they will stain! Add a few drops of food coloring to each tin and add enough water to create a paste, similar to the consistency of tomato paste. Stir well to ensure the food coloring is evenly mixed throughout.

Step 2: Paint Your Eggs

Using small to medium paint brushes, start painting your hard boiled eggs with the baking soda paint. We used paper plates and empty muffin tins to hold our eggs in place while we painted each one.

Step 3: Rinse with Vinegar

As a cool little science experiment built right into this egg dying experience, we get to rinse off this baking soda paint with vinegar! It has a cool reaction, but the vinegar has a practical use, too! Vinegar helps keep the colors on your eggs bright and vibrant! If we just rinsed with water, they would have a more pastel color. You are welcome to rinse again in water after the vinegar, but this is optional. Air dry on cooling racks or paper towels and enjoy!

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  1. Please advise; mind blown, as we had the strangest result. The eggs were absolutely gorgeous; however after rinsing the eggs, the color literally came off the eggs while drying with a towel. Any thoughts? Is this due to our use of natural dye or the baking soda? We tried again, and the same outcome. It’s as though the eggs won’t accept the color.

    1. Oh no! I’m not sure what happened, but we didn’t use natural dye. My first thought would be that the natural dye is the culprit. We also let our eggs air dry and didn’t wipe them off.

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