How to Make Dye in Minecraft: All Dye Colors Explained


There are 16 Dyes in Minecraft that can be used to change the colour of many items. They can be obtained through crafting from various plants and flowers, through smelting the plants of flowers, or from a Wandering Trader.

The dyes can change the colour of the following items:

  • Wool
  • Terracotta
  • Some Mobs
  • Patterns on Banners
  • Shulker Boxes
  • Glass
  • Concrete Powder
  • Candles
  • Beds
  • Fireworks
  • Text on Signs
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Related: How to Make Glass in Minecraft

Primary Dyes

Primary dyes can only be crafted from ingredients that spawn naturally:

BlackInk Sac (Crafting)
Wither Rose (Crafting)
BlueLapis Lazuli (Crafting)
Cornflower (Crafting)
BrownCocoa Beans (Crafting)
GreenCactus (Smelting)
RedPoppy (Crafting)
Rose Bush (Crafting)
Red Tulip (Crafting)
Beetroot (Crafting)
WhiteBonemeal (Crafting)
Lily of the Valley (Crafting)
YellowDandelion (Crafting)
Sunflower (Crafting)

Quasi-Primary Dyes

Quasi-primary dyes can be both crafted from sources found naturally or by combing other dyes.

Light BlueBlue Orchid (Crafting)1 Blue Dye + 1 White Dye
Light GrayAzure Bluet (Crafting)
White Daisy (Crafting)
White Tulip (Crafting)
1 White Dye + 1 Gray Dye
2 White Dye + 1 Black Dye
LimeSea Pickle (Smelting)1 Green Dye + 1 White Dye
MagentaLilac (Crafting)
Allium (Crafting)
1 Purple Dye + 1 Pink Dye
1 Red Dye + 1 Blue Dye + 1 Pink Dye
2 Red Dye + 1 Blue Dye + 1 White Dye
OrangeOrange Tulip (Crafting)1 Red Dye + 1 Yellow Dye
PinkPeony (Crafting)
Pink Tulip (Crafting)
1 Red Dye + 1 White Dye

Secondary Dyes

Secondary dyes can only be created by combing other dyes.

Cyan1 Green Dye + 1 Blue Dye OR Lapis Lazuli
Gray1 Black Dye OR Ink Sac + 1 White Dye OR Bonemeal
Purple1 Red Dye + 1 Blue Dye OR Lapis Lazuli

If players collect all 16 dye colours they can gain the Rainbow Collection achievement!

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