Dyes in Minecraft can be used to make many different colored items. From armor and dyed beds to colored wool, cement, and even candles, the possibilities are endless. Minecraft has 16 basic colors, and the dye for each and every one of them is created in a different way. Some have numerous different means of crafting, while others only have one.
When it comes to building, dyes are one of the biggest assets a player can have, as it opens the doors to a lot of brighter color palettes, which the natural colors of the game don’t allow for as much. This is amplified tenfold when it comes to dyeing leather armor, as dyes can be mixed and matched in a cauldron to create hundreds of unique colors that can be applied.
How to make dyes in Minecraft
White dye can be made in two different ways. Players can place a single piece of Bone Meal on a crafting table to craft a single piece of White Dye, or a Lily of the Valley on a crafting table to craft one as well. Bone meal is obtained by placing bones on a workbench, while lilies of the valley are white flowers found exclusively in forest biomes. They are more common in flower forests.
Like White Dye, Black Dye can only be obtained by placing one of the two items alone on a crafting table. The more common of those two items is the ink sack, which is obtained by killing squid. The other option is the Withered Rose, which is obtained when the Withered kills a mob of any type. A withered rose will remain in its place. Because these roses are rare and have other uses, it may be best for players to stick to ink sacks for the black dye.
Gray dye can be obtained in only one way, and that is by combining a single piece of black dye with a single piece of white dye on a crafting table. Doing so will produce two pieces of gray dye.
light gray tint
Like gray dye, light gray dye can be made by combining black and white dyes. One piece of black dye combined with two pieces of white dye will produce three pieces of light gray dye. Alternatively, combining a single piece of gray dye with a single piece of white dye will produce two.
Light gray dye can also be obtained from three different flowers, each of which provides a piece of dye when placed on a crafting table. Those three flowers are the sky blue, the daisy and the white tulip. All of these flowers can be found in plains biomes as well as flower forests. Bluets and daisies can also be found in the meadows.
The brown dye is perhaps the most unique dye in the game and requires crafting cocoa beans. Cocoa beans can be found in jungles, growing on the sides of trees, and can be planted on the sides of jungle wood to grow them. Once it grows to its full size, two to three cacao beans can be harvested. Each cocoa bean item can be turned into a piece of brown dye at a crafting table.
The first of the primary colors, red dye, can only be obtained through crafting. Poppies, red tulips, rose bushes, and beets can be placed on workbenches to produce red dye, and rose bushes produce two. Poppies can be found in forests, plains, and grasslands, and can be grown with bone meal in grass. Red tulips breed in flower forests and plains biomes, and rose bushes breed strictly in forests. Beets are less common, they have a 10% chance to grow in any village, but can be farmed indefinitely once found.
Next for the primaries is the yellow tint. A yellow dye is made using one of two types of flowers, either the classic dandelion or a sunflower. Dandelions are incredibly common, found in plains, forest, and grassland biomes, as well as being able to be grown for bone meal. Sunflowers are much rarer and breed exclusively on Sunflower Plains, but produce two yellow tints when used for crafting.
Finally, the blue dye is the most annoying of the three primary color dyes to produce. It can be produced from two different elements: lapis lazuli and cornflowers. Lapis Lazuli is a dark blue mineral that can be found underground and is primarily used for enchanting, as each enchantment requires a piece of Lapis Lazuli. For this reason, players may want to avoid using this option for dyes, when possible. The other option, cornflowers, may be the best option. Cornflowers are blue flowers that can spawn in meadows, plains biomes, and flower forests.
Just like gray tints, orange tint can be created by combining colors. By placing a red dye and a yellow dye together on a crafting table, players can create two pieces of orange dye. Players who prefer to keep their red and yellow dyes can create orange dye using orange tulips. These can be found in meadows, flower forests, and plains biomes, like other tulips.
It might be assumed that green dye can be created by combining blue and yellow dyes, but that is not the case. To create the green dye, players only have one option, and that is to melt down a cactus block in a furnace. Doing so will give you a green tint and even a bit of experience. Since the cactus can be grown indefinitely, green dye is fairly easy to mass-produce.
Pink dye can be produced by mixing white dye with red dye. As usual, this will create two pink dye items, since two dye items are needed as ingredients. Alternatively, players can use pink tulips or peonies to get pink dye directly. Pink tulips can be found in flower forests, meadows, and plains, and they produce a pink tint. Peonies are two block tall flowers that can be found in the woods and give two dyes per.
Purple dye can be created by combining red dye with blue dye on a workbench to get two purple dyes. There are no purple flowers in the game and as such this is the only way to get this color.
There are many ways to make magenta dye. The most common way to do this is to combine a pink tint with a purple tint, giving two magenta tints. Players can also combine the base colors directly: two red, one blue, and one white to produce four pieces of magenta dye, either one pink, one blue, and one red to produce three pieces of magenta. If players prefer not to spend their dyes, they can search for alliums or lilacs. Alliums can be found in flowery woods or meadows, each giving a magenta tint, while lilacs are taller flowers found in woods, producing two.
light blue tint
The light blue tint is pretty straightforward. Just as white dye is used to lighten gray or red dyes, it can be combined with a blue dye to make two pieces of light blue dye. Another option is to use the blue orchid, which is the only flower in the game that is native to swamps and will give you a light blue tint.
By combining blue and green dyes on the crafting table, players can create two pieces of cyan dye. As of version 1.19, this is the only way to create this particular color.
Finally, bright lime green tint can be created by combining green tint and white tint, creating a lime tint pair. Like cyan, there are no other ways to create this color.