How to create all Minecraft Dyes

Here you will find the most updated crafting guide for how to craft all 16 dyes in Minecraft.

Here you will find the most updated crafting guide for how to craft every colored dye in Minecraft.

What are dyes used for in Minecraft?

Dyes are required to make a number of items in Minecraft; most of these items are recolored decoration blocks, some are banners, and others are unique firework items.

That said, there are a lot of dyes in Minecraft, and if you keep reading, you will find how to craft them all. If there is a specific dye crafting recipe you after, check our table of contents below to jump to it

How to make red dye in Minecraft

If you want to make red dye in Minecraft, you will need to gather a few specific items in the game and place them anywhere inside a crafting table. After that, all you need to do is click and drag, and you will make red dye.

The materials below are what you need to make red dye; any of these items can be used to make the dye. 

  • Beetroot: You can find beetroots in both desert and forest village farms.
  • Rose Bush: Roses can be found growing in the forest biome.
  • Red Tulip: All tulips can be harvested from flower forest and plains biomes
  • Poppy: To get poppies, you can either kill golems or find them growing in most biomes.
This is the pattern for all items that can make red dye.

How to make black dye in Minecraft

Going down, the next dye we are going to be explaining how to make is black dye. To start, you can make it with two items following a similar crafting pattern as the last one, meaning once you find these items, all you need to do is place them inside a crafting table to craft black dye. 

Here are the materials you will need for black dye.

  • Ink Sac: If you want one of these, you will need to find and kill some squids; they will be floating around in water sources like oceans. 
  • Wither Rose: To get these flowers, you will need to wait until a wither kills a mob, shortly after a wither rose should drop. 

Minecraft how to make black dye

How to make green dye in Minecraft

Moving on, to make green dye in Minecraft, you will need cactus blocks; you can find them in the desert and mesa biomes. 


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When you find a cactus block, all you need to do is break it; once broken, you will get the cactus you need for the dye. Once you get the cactus, bring it back to a furnace with some coal, and you will make green dye. 

How to make white dye in Minecraft

In short, to make white dye, you will need two items, gather these items up and place them inside a crafting table to make the dye; the materials you will need are listed below.

  • Bonemeal
  • Lilly of the valley: If you are hunting for a Lilly, you will need to head to the flower forest biome.

Overall, both are not hard to get; bonemeal is especially easy when you got a composter. Because of this, we recommend getting a composter to farm up bonemeal for the dye, as all it requires is a bunch of compostable materials.

How to make orange dye in Minecraft

If you want to make orange dye, you will need to find or combine the following items below inside a crafting table to make it.

  • Red Dye and Yellow Dye: Place both red and yellow alongside each other inside a crafting table to make orange dye, 
  • Orange Tulip: All tulip flowers, including orange ones, can be found in flower forests and plains biomes.  

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How to make magenta dye in Minecraft

To make a long story short, you can make magenta dye with a ton of other dyes and two flowers. Below we will show you which dyes you will need to combine and what flowers you can use to make magenta dye.

This list is all items you can use to create magenta dye; keep reading for how to place and combine the dyes in the crafting table. 

  • Red Dye
  • Purple Dye
  • White Dye
  • Blue Dye
  • Pink Dye
  • Lilac: To craft magenta dye with lilacs, all you need to do is place it inside a table like normal. If you want to find lilacs, just search any biome with grass blocks; eventaully, you will find one. 
  • Allium: Same deal with allium; to craft the dye with it, just place it inside a table. To find this flower, you will need to search the flower forest biome. 

 Magenta dye crafting recipe one

To make magenta dye with red, blue, and white dye, place them as arranged in the image below. You will need a total of one blue dye, one white dye, and two red dyes; using this method will also net you four magenta dye.

Minecraft how to make magenta dye one

 Magenta dye crafting recipe two

For the second magenta crafting recipe, you can make the dye with one blue dye, one red dye, and one pink dye; check the image below for how to arrange them in the crafting table. Using this method will net you a total of three magenta dye. 

Minecraft how to make magenta dye two

 Magenta dye crafting recipe three

Now for the third crafting recipe, you will need one pink and purple dye. Place them how we did in the image below, and you will get around two magenta dyes. 

How to make light blue dye in Minecraft

To make light blue dye in Minecraft, you will need the following items below; two are dyes, which you will need to combine together, the other is a flower that can just be placed inside a crafting table to create light blue dye. 

  • Blue and White Dye: Place both dyes, as shown in the image below, next to each other to make light blue dye. Doing so will net to you two light blue dyes instead of just one. 
  • Blue Orchid: This flower is found both in Swamp and Flower Forests Biomes, and it can be used to make the light blue dye by simply placing it inside a crafting table. 

How to make blue dye in Minecraft

To make blue dye in Minecraft, you will need the materials listed below; once you get these materials, all you need to do next is simply place them inside a crafting table to make blue dye. 

  • Cornflower: To get cornflowers, you will need to search forest and plains biomes in the game.
  • Lapis Lazuli: To get Lapis Lazuli, you will need to mine lapis lazuli ore and melt it down inside a furnace. 

How to make yellow dye in Minecraft

If you want to make yellow dye in Minecraft, you will need one of the two flowers listed below; when you get either one, place them inside a crafting table to make yellow dye. 

  • Sunflower: You will need to search the sunflower plains biome. 
  • Dandelion: This flower is ubiquitous, so if you want one, explore any grassy biome. 

How to make purple dye in Minecraft

To make purple dye in Minecraft, you will need to combine both red and blue dye, as shown below. But If you don't know how to make either dye; you can out how to craft red dye here and blue dye here

How to make pink dye in Minecraft

To make pink dye in Minecraft, you will need the following materials listed below. The two flowers will only require you to place them inside a crafting table on their own; the other two, the dyes, you will need to combine to create pink dye. 

Here all of the materials you can use to make pink dye.

  • Peony: These flowers spawn in most forest biomes; search there if you want to find them. 
  • Pink Tulip: All tulips can be harvested from flower forest and plains biomes.
  • Red Dye
  • White Dye

How to make light gray dye in Minecraft

To make light gray dye in Minecraft, all you need to do is either combine three dye types listed below or place one of three flowers listed inside a crafting table. Keep reading, and we will explain how to combine all three dyes to make light gray dye. 

  • Gray Dye
  • Black Dye
  • White Dye
  • White Tulip: All tulips can be harvested from flower forest and plains biomes.
  • Oxeye Daisy: You can find this flower in the plains biome.
  • Azure Bluet: To get this flower, check the plains biome.

Light gray dye crafting recipe one

To make light gray dye using gray and white dye, place them how we did in the image below. Using this pattern will also net you around two light gray dye. 

Light gray dye crafting recipe two

To make light gray dye using black and white dye, place them how we did in the image below. Using this pattern will also net you around three light gray dye. 

How to make gray dye in Minecraft

To make gray dye in Minecraft, you will need to combine both black and white dye inside a crafting table. Check our image below for an example of what to do, and if you don't know how to craft either black or white dye; you can find out how to craft black dye here and white dye here

How to make cyan dye in Minecraft

To make cyan dye, you once again will need to combine two dyes to make it. The dyes you will need are blue and green, and to make cyan dye, all you need to do is place them how we have arranged in our image below.

How to make lime dye in Minecraft

To make Lime dye, you once again will need to combine two dyes to make it. The dyes you will need are green and white, and to make lime dye, all you need to do is place them how we have arranged in our image below. Along with this, you can also use sea pickles to make lime dye by just placing them inside the crafting table. 

How to make brown dye in Minecraft

To make the last dye on this list, brown dye, you will need cocoa beans placed inside a crafting table. If you don't know where to get cocoa beans, search inside jungle biomes, and you will sometimes find them growing on the trees. 

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