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If you’re looking for a fun new way to color eggs this season, how about trying this easy method for Tie Dye Easter Eggs using Mayonnaise NOT Shaving Cream!

Overhead photo of pastel Easter eggs in a white bowl with purple paper shreds and a blue napkin.

Pretty pastel eggs are easy to decorate using mayonnaise and a swirl of color.

Skip the tablet dyes for coloring your Easter eggs this year, and try something new!

The swirling pastel colors of Tie Dying Easter eggs using mayonnaise (NOT shaving cream) is beautifully effective, and far more palate pleasing, (in my personal opinion)!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Tye Die Easter Eggs using Mayonnaise is available near the end of this post. 

Vertical collage image of Easter eggs in a bowl with bunnies in the background.

The ingredient and supply list;

  • Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Mayonnaise
  • Gel Food Color (affiliate links listed below)
  • Paper Towels
  • Rubber Gloves (optional)
  • Shallow Bowls or Dishes
  • Toothpicks or Skewers

I did this method more as an experiment than anything else. After searching for fun Easter egg dying ideas on the web, I ran across a few that interested me, and yet still seemed (to me) like they could be improved.

The first one I found is A Thrifty Mom’s idea for marbling eggs using shaving cream and gel food coloring. This piqued my interest with the concept and look, but using something non-edible on something edible wasn’t somewhere I wanted to go.

Searching on, I found this second concept of dying Easter eggs in whipped cream (same theory, different ingredients) via Spend With Pennies where she claims it’s a “safer alternative” to shaving cream eggs. The look is very similar (which I love), but the thought of eggs and whipped cream made my palate cringe.

Not wanting to give up on the idea, I scoured my cabinets and fridge looking for something that is thick enough to suspend the gel food coloring and sticks to the eggs while they cure (at least 30 minutes). You see where I’m going here, right?

How many of you out there use mayonnaise in your egg salad, or when making deviled eggs? Pretty many I’d guess! So naturally, when I spied the jar in the fridge, I knew I was on to something good!

Mayonnaise Tie Dyed Easter Eggs Title text image

Possible tips for darker and truer colors;

Since mayonnaise already has an acid component (vinegar or lemon juice) as an ingredient, there is no need to add any additional vinegar as you do with most other egg dying techniques.

Of course, since I was only experimenting when I made these, should you choose to stir a little vinegar (1/8 teaspoon) into the mayonnaise before dying your eggs, your completed egg colors may turn out to be a little truer than what I achieved.

I’m not certain of this, but I’m putting the suggestion out there if you’d like to try it. 

As you’ll notice in my photos, my completed eggs primary color’s are sky blue, purple and pink. Very pretty, and very appropriate colors for Easter, but weird when you see that the actual gel food colors I used were also green, yellow, and orange. 

Very different from the end product indeed, and something that I didn’t expect. I’m sure there is some sort of scientific explanation for the color change, but sadly for you, I don’t have it. LOL

The easy instructions;

  • In a shallow dish, spoon out approximately ½ cup mayonnaise per every three colors of gel food coloring.
  • Use a toothpick to swirl the color throughout the mayonnaise. 
  • As you can see, I used gel colors of pink, green, yellow, orange, purple, and red. 

How to tie dye easter eggs using mayonnaise

  • One at a time, add the hard-boiled eggs into the colorful, swirled, mayonnaise and roll the egg to thoroughly coat the egg.
  • *Note – wearing rubber gloves may be a good idea if doing this with children. 
  • Once the eggs have been swirled through the mayonnaise, set them aside and allow them to cure for at least 30 minutes before washing off the mayonnaise.

How to tie dye Easter eggs with mayonnaise

  • After the Mayonnaise Tie Dye Easter Eggs have cured for at least 30 minutes, wash them off under warm, running water, rubbing them to make sure all the mayonnaise comes off.
  • Blot the eggs dry with paper towels.
  • Once dry, rub them with a bit of canola oil (if desired) to make them shiny and bright.

How to make tie dyed Easter eggs with Mayonnaise.

Mayonnaise Tie Dyed Easter Eggs in a white bowl and a blue napkin.

Other hard boiled egg recipe ideas;

Egg Salad on cocktail bread on a square plate.

Deviled Eggs on a pig plate the a pig coffee mug.

Scotch Eggs wrapped in sausage on a plaid plate.

Egg salad in a bowl with croissants and bunny spoons.

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Below is the printable recipe and instruction card for today’s Tye Dye Easter Eggs using Mayonnaise

If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!

Tie Dye Easter Eggs using mayonnaise
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Tie Dye Easter Eggs using Mayonnaise.

Tie-Dying Easter Eggs using mayonnaise is a fun new way to color hard-boiled eggs with swirling pastel colors.
Course: Breakfast, Easter
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mayonnaise Dyed Easter Eggs, tie dye Easter Eggs
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 172kcal
Author: Renee - Kudos Kitchen



  • Place ½ cup mayonnaise in a shallow dish.
  • Drop random colors of gel food coloring onto the mayonnaise (3 colors per every ½ cup of mayo)
  • Swirl the colors through the mayonnaise using toothpick or skewers.
  • Roll one hard-boiled egg at a time through the colored mayonnaise.
  • When completely coated with the colored mayonnaise, allow the eggs to sit at least 30 minutes.
  • Wash each egg off under running warm water to reveal the colorful eggs.
  • Blot each egg dry with paper towels.
  • When dry, rub each egg with a dot of canola oil for bright and shiny eggs.


Feel free to stir a touch (1/8 teaspoon) of white vinegar to the mayonnaise if you'd like to experiment with colors.
Tools and equipment;
Shallow dishes, toothpicks or skewers, rubber gloves (optional), gel food color, paper towels.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 172kcal | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 192mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 63mg | Vitamin A: 270IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.6mg

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe and instructions for making mayonnaise dyed Easter Eggs as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

Closeup photo of pastel marbleized Easter eggs with bunny decorations in the background.

When I decided to share this recipe for Mayonnaise Tie Dye Easter Eggs, I knew I had to coordinate it with this “Bunny Bag” coffee mug that I painted for my mom a couple of years ago.

Every year, when her grandkids were little, my mom used to make bunny bags for each of the kids using grocery store brown bags. Naturally she’d fill them with candy and trinkets for each grandchild, and needless to say, it was something they each looked forward to year after year.

Even now, with all her grandchildren being grown (some even have kids of their own), the bunny bags are still talked about every year with great fondness and love. This is the exact mug I painted for my mom to commemorate those special bags, my extraordinary mom, and her loving grandchildren. I’m proud to say, she uses it still. Every, single day.

Bunny Bag Custom Painted Coffee Mug

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Wednesday 20th of March 2019

Wow this is so great and simple! Can't wait to try this out with the kids.


Wednesday 20th of March 2019

These are so cute! It's crazy how well the mayonnaise works in creating a tie dye look!

Angie | Big Bear's Wife

Sunday 27th of March 2016

I love the idea of making Tie Dyed Easter Eggs like this! I never would have thought to do this!

Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life

Saturday 26th of March 2016

This is just brilliant! Your eggs are beautiful!

Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

Friday 25th of March 2016

What a great idea, I've got to try this with my kids!