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Minecraft Dyes

There are sixteen different colors of dyes that you can use to change the colors of wool, terracotta, concrete, beds, glass, and even your wolf’s collar. The large number of dyes help when you need a specific colored block to fit into your builds. There are also some unique interactions with colored glass that can change the color that a beacon emits. It is good to familiarize yourself with different colors of dye to ensure that your build looks exactly as you want them to. 

Color of DyeHow to Obtain
White DyeBone Meal or Lily of the Valley
Light Gray DyeAzure Bluet, Oxeye Daisy, White Tulip, or combining White Dye with Gray Dye
Gray DyeCombining Black Dye/Ink Sac with Bone Meal/White Dye
Black DyeInk Sacs or Wither Rose
Brown DyeCocoa Beans
Red DyePoppy, Rose Bush, Red Tulip, or Beetroots
Orange DyeOrange Tulip or combining Red Dye and Yellow Dye
Yellow DyeDandelions or Sunflowers
Lime DyeCombining Green Dye and White Dye or smelting Sea Pickles
Green DyeSmelting Cactus
Cyan DyeCombining Green Dye and Lapis Lazuli/Blue Dye
Light Blue DyeCombining Lapis Lazuli/Blue Dye with Bone Meal/White Dye
Blue DyeLapis Lazuli
Purple DyeCombining Red Dye with Lapis Lazuli/Blue Dye
Magenta DyeLilac, Allium, or combining Purple Dye and Pink Dye
Pink DyePeony, Pink Tulip, or combining Red Dye and White Dye

How to Get Dyes in Minecraft?


To make most dyes in the game you can do so through flowers. There are seven primary colors in Minecraft used to make different shades of dye. Five of these colors can be made through flowers, black, red, yellow, blue, and white. You cannot find brown or green dye through flowers. 

To get black dye you will have to hunt down squids to get ink sacs or as a more expensive option you can use wither roses to get black dye. 

To get brown dye you will need to locate cocoa beans grown in jungles. 

Finally, to get green dye you will need to smelt cactus. 

How to Make Dyes in Minecraft?

Many of the dyes available in the game can be obtained through flowers. If you manage to find a flower field you will have the majority of dyes available to you. 

To turn a flower into dye simply place it in your crafting menu. 

You will end up with that flower’s respective color as a dye. You can make the remaining dyes by combining other dyes together. For example, you can make purple dye by combining red and blue dye. 

You can use pink tulips to get pink dye and combine purple and pink to make magenta. 

You may have noticed that each dye recipe will yield two dyes for use. This is to ensure that the different shades of dye do not consume the base ingredients. You will end up with an equal quantity of dye. 

How to Use Dyes in Minecraft


Dyes are interchangeable in these recipes, you can swap out the dyes used in example for the color of dye you want to use. You can dye terracotta, which is obtained through smelting clay blocks, to make stained terracotta. Smelt this terracotta to make glazed terracotta which hold a unique amount of patterned shapes. 

You can also stain glass to make stained glass panes or simply add some color to your windows.  

You can dye firework stars to explode into a certain color, dye shulker boxes to color code your sorting, and create colored concrete powder for a smooth block that is entirely a specific color. 

Finally, you can also dye wool which can be used to make a different color of bed. 

If you want to change the color of an existing bed simply place the bed alongside the color of dye you want the bed to be. 

That is every use of dye in the game of Minecraft.

Did You Know?

You can obtain every color of dye with 1 cocoa bean, 2 yellow dye, 2 ink sacs, 3 green dye, 4 lapis lazuli, 4 red dye, and 6 bone meals. 


Q. How many Dyes are there in Minecraft?

There are sixteen different colors of dye available in Minecraft. You can dye beds, concrete, fireworks, glass, wool, shulker boxes, and terracotta. 

Q. Can you dye a bed in Minecraft?

You can dye wool to make a different colored bed, or use an existing bed and place the bed and the dye you want into a crafting menu to get the color you want. 

Q. What is the Rarest Dye in Minecraft?


Besides the primary colors most of the dyes are relatively simple to obtain. The rarest to find would be brown or magenta as cocoa beans can only be found in deserts or through trade. Magenta dye takes the most steps to complete. 

Q. How do you find Flower Forests in Minecraft?

Flower forests will spawn nearby other forests. Look for plains biomes and look for forests that are nearby to get a sense of where a flower forest could generate. A lot of flowers can lead to a lot of dyes, but the flower forest will never spawn with sunflowers, blue orchids, or wither rose. 

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