How to Make the Color Lavender With Food Coloring

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Learn how to make a beautiful shade of lavender food coloring for all your baking or craft needs by following these simple instructions below.

Note: This food coloring can be used in a variety of recipes or crafts, but to best highlight the rich shade of lavender, we're using buttercream frosting as our visual “canvas."

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Things You'll Need

  • Bottle of red food coloring, (1)
  • Bottle of blue food coloring, (1)
  • Bottle of yellow food coloring, (1), optional
  • Rubber spatula, for mixing
  • Bowl
  • Drop Stopper, optional

Tip

  • The drop stopper will help you count the drops of food dye. Alternatively, if you don't have access to a drop stopper, you can try to count the drops added individually. Another good way to measure the drops needed is by thinking that 100 drops of food coloring is equal to about 1 teaspoon.

Mix the Colors

In a small bowl, begin by mixing the red and blue food dyes into the base that you wish to color. Mix 8 drops of blue with 50 drops of red food coloring.

It doesn't take that many drops for the color to develop! Always add the dye, a few drops at a time, to reach your desired strength of coloring. It's quite easy to over-color and difficult to lighten the shade after the food dye has been added.

(Image: Thalia Ho)

Once the dye has reached your desired shade, add it to the base that you wish to color. Mix to combine then use as required. The drops of dye needed will slightly vary depending upon the type and quantity of base that you are coloring.

(Image: Thalia Ho)

If you desire a richer and warmer shade of lavender, you can also add in 2 extra drops of yellow food coloring into the base to deepen the color. Again, mix to combine then use as required.

(Image: Thalia Ho)

The drops of dye needed will slightly vary depending upon the type and quantity of base that you are coloring. Test the strength of the color as you go. It's quite easy to over-color and difficult to lighten the shade after the food dye has been added.

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