Minecraft: All About Orange Dye

Dyes are one of the major tools in Vanilla Minecraft that allow players to change the colors of certain blocks and items within their world. While this may not seem awe-inspiring in theory, it does quite a lot. Houses can be built in a myriad of colors, leather armor can be dyed, and even the collars of tamed dogs can be changed.

This guide focuses particularly on orange dye, but Minecraft currently has sixteen available dyes:

  1. Red – poppy, rose bush, red tulip, beetroot
  2.  Orange – red dye + yellow dye, orange tulip
  3. Yellow – dandelion, sunflower
  4. Light Green – white dye + green dye, sea pickle
  5. Green – cactus
  6. Cyan – green dye + blue dye
  7. Light Blue – blue dye + white dye, blue orchid
  8. Blue – lapis lazuli, corn flower
  9. Purple – blue dye + red dye
  10. Magenta – purple dye + pink dye, lilac, allium
  11. Pink – red dye + white dye, peony, pink tulip
  12. Brown – cocoa beans
  13. White – bone meal, lily of the valley
  14. Light Grey – grey dye + white dye, oxeye daisy, white tulip
  15. Grey – black dye + white dye
  16. Black – ink sac, wither rose

What Can Be Done With Orange Dye?

As the name suggests, orange dye is used to turn things orange! The method does change depending on the type of block being colored. Sometimes it is added in a one-to-one ratio, other times it must be added to one block in order to craft another, more intricate block.

This image depicts the craftable blocks and items that can be dyed orange.
Blocks that can be colored orange

While all of the items in this section will be dyed orange, the following recipes and actions can be done with any color of dye.

Dyeing Wool / Carpet and Sheep

Adding one piece of orange dye to one piece of wool or carpet of any color will turn them orange.

The crafting recipe to turn wool orange.
Crafting recipe to turn wool and carpets orange.

You can also craft carpets using orange wool to create orange carpet. Two wool blocks will make three carpet blocks.

Two pieces of orange wool can be used to craft three orange carpets.
Using orange wool produces orange carpets.

If you’d like to obtain lots of wool of a certain color, it may be best to color your sheep!

Using orange dye on a sheep will turn it into an orange sheep.
Using orange dye on sheep will make them orange!

Using one piece of dye on a sheep will turn them that color. You can change their wool as much as you’d like, and every time they are sheared they will drop wool blocks in their current color! This makes the process of collecting colored wool a lot easier, especially in combination with an automated wool farm.

Beds and Banners

A bed of any color can be dyed orange by combining it with one orange dye. An orange bed can also be made on a crafting table with three wooden planks and three orange wool.

In a crafting table, place one orange wool in each block of the first row and one wooden plank in each block of the second row to craft an orange bed.
Crafting recipe for orange bed.

An orange banner can only be made by adding orange wool and one stick. A banner of any other color cannot be dyed orange just by adding dye.

To craft an orange banner in a crafting table, fill the top and middle rows with orange wool, and place a stick in the center of the bottom row.
Orange banner crafting recipe.

However, orange patterns can be added to other colored banners using a loom.

Placing one white banner and a piece of orange dye into a loom will allow you to add an orange pattern to the banner!
Using a loom to add colored patterns to a banner.

Glass / Glass Panes

Coloring glass and glass panes is very simple! On a crafting table, place one piece of orange dye in the center block, filling the other eight blocks with either glass or glass panes.

Placing one piece of dye in the center block of a crafting table and surrounding it by glass or glass panes will turn them into stained glass.
Crafting recipe for stained glass and stained glass panes.

This will produce eight orange stained glass blocks or stained glass panes!

Terracotta and Glazed Terracotta

The recipe for crafting colored terracotta is identical to the one for making stained glass. On a crafting table, place one piece of orange dye in the center and fill the rest of the boxes with terracotta to produce eight pieces of orange terracotta.

Placing one orange dye in the center and surrounding it with eight terracotta blocks will create eight blocks of colored terracotta.
Recipe for coloring terracotta blocks.

In order to create glazed orange terracotta, the terracotta must first be colored as shown above. Afterward, the orange terracotta can be placed into a furnace to become “glazed”.

Cooking terracotta of any color in a furnace will produce glazed terracotta in that color.
Cooking orange terracotta in a furnace to make glazed orange terracotta.

Concrete and Concrete Powder

Orange concrete powder can be created with one orange dye, four sand blocks, and four gravel blocks. This recipe makes eight blocks of orange concrete powder.

In the crafting table’s 3×3 grid, place the orange dye in the first box of the top row, with one sand block in the second and third boxes. In the second row, place one sand block in the first and second boxes, followed by one gravel block in the third. In the bottom row, place one gravel block in each box.

The recipe for dyed concrete powder, which is as follows:

First row: dye, sand block, sand block
Second row: sand block, sand block, gravel block
Third row: one gravel block in each box.
Crafting recipe for orange concrete powder.

To turn the orange concrete powder into concrete, just place it on the ground and add water! This can also be done using waterlogged blocks.

Only concrete powder blocks directly touched by water will turn into concrete blocks.
Adding water to orange concrete powder to create orange concrete.

As shown in the image above, any blocks not directly touched by water will remain as concrete powder. If you want to fill a large area with concrete blocks, you can fill it in with concrete powder and then pour water over the top. Keep in mind that concrete powder acts like sand, and will fall down if there are no blocks beneath it.


An orange candle can be crafted by adding one orange dye to one regular candle.

Recipe to combine one piece of dye and one candle to create colored candles.
Crafting recipe for orange candles.

Shulkur Boxes

Coloring a shulker box orange only requires adding one piece of orange dye to a shulker box.

Adding one piece of dye to a shulker box will turn the shulker box that color.
Recipe for coloring shulker boxes orange.

Dyed Leather Armor

Dyeing leather armor is easy! Just add one piece of orange dye to one piece of leather armor to create orange leather armor.

Adding a piece of dye to leather armor created dyed leather armor.
Recipe for dyeing leather armor orange.

On top of being able to dye leather armor in this way, dyed leather armor can be further customized using a smithing table and armor templates. This means you can make leather armor in a variety of different colors and patterns.

Dyed armor can be placed in a smithing table with an armor trim template and a coloring material to create multi-colored armor!
Orange dyed leather armor with the “Sentry” armor trim in blue.

Furthermore, the concept of dyeing leather armor also applies to leather horse armor. It’s the same recipe as dyeing leather armor for yourself, with the leather armor piece being exchanged for leather horse armor.

Placing one piece of dye with one piece of leather horse armor in a crafting grid will color the horse armor.
Recipe for dyeing leather horse armor.

Dye Dog’s Collar

Typically, players utilize nametags to name their dogs and give them a little love. However, dye can do a similar thing! While holding a piece of orange dye, right-click on your dog to change their collar from red to orange!

Right-clicking on a tamed wolf while holding a piece of dye will change the color of their collar.
Right-clicking on the dog while holding orange dye gives him an orange collar.

It’s a resource-friendly way to spruce up your dogs and help differentiate them before you collect nametags.


In order to make orange fireworks, you must craft an orange firework star. Combine one orange dye with one gunpowder to create the firework star.

On a crafting table, place one gunpowder in the center box of the top row, place the orange firework star in the center box of the center row, and place one piece of paper in the center box of the bottom row. This will produce three orange firework rockets.

Launch the fireworks by right-clicking on the ground. When they shoot up in the sky, they’ll release a ball of orange particles!

Using an orange firework star will create fireworks that explode with orange particles.
Small ball, orange fireworks after exploding.

Getting Orange Dye

Orange Tulips

One of the simplest ways to obtain orange dye is by collecting orange tulips. They can be found growing naturally all over Flower Forest biomes. More rarely they can grow in Plains biomes, particularly around sunflowers.

One orange tulip can be used to craft one orange dye.
Orange dye crafting recipe from tulips.

One orange tulip can be used to produce one orange dye.

Combining Red and Yellow Dye

Another easy way to craft orange dye is to add together one piece of red dye and one piece of yellow dye in the crafting interface.

Adding together one red dye and one yellow dye creates two orange dye.
One red dye + one yellow dye = two orange dyes.

This will produce two pieces of orange dye, rather than just one.

Red Dye

Four plants can be used to create red dye. These are poppies, red tulips, rose bushes, and beetroot. They all have the same crafting recipe and yield, with the exception of rose bushes.

Poppies are the most common, spawning all over the Overworld wherever there is grass. This includes Plains, Jungles, and Flower Forests.

Poppies and dandelions can be found wherever there is grass.
Poppy flowers found in the jungle.

Tulips are found mainly in the Flower Forest biome, and beetroots can only be found naturally growing in villages.

Beetroot found growing in a plains village,
Beetroot being grown by a Plains village farmer.

Poppies, red tulips, and beetroots have an identical recipe in which one of them is placed into a crafting grid to produce one red dye.

One beetroot (or poppy or red tulip) placed into a crafting table yields one red dye.
One beetroot / poppy / red tulip = one red dye.

Rose bushes have a similar recipe, but they create two red dyes instead of one.

One rose bush produces two red dyes.
Red dye crafting recipe from rose bush.

In addition to this, rose bushes can be duplicated using bone meal since they are a two-block-high plant.

Using bone meal on a rose bush, causing the rose bush to duplicate.
Using bone meal on rose bush.

Simply place down a rose bush and right-click on it while holding bone meal. Each piece of bone meal will create one new rose bush plant! This makes them ideal for farming red dye.

Rose bushes can be found with red tulips in the Flower Forest biome.

This image shows rose bushes and tulips growing in the flower forest biome.

Yellow Dye

Yellow dye can only be obtained by using dandelions and sunflowers.

Dandelions, like poppies, can grow wherever there is grass in the Overworld. One dandelion will create one yellow dye.

One dandelion creates one yellow dye
Yellow dye crafting recipe from dandelions.

Similarly to rose bushes, sunflowers can be duplicated with bone meal and produce two pieces of yellow dye per plant. They can be found in a sub-biome of the Plains biome called the “Sunflower Plains.”

One sunflower can be used to make two yellow dye.
Yellow dye crafting recipe using sunflowers.

This makes sunflowers ideal for farming yellow dye!

Wandering Trader

Wandering traders will trade at a rate of one emerald for three pieces of dye. This is the most expensive option by far, and not really worth the emeralds it would take unless you have some sort of emerald farm.

A wandering trader will give you three pieces of orange dye for one emerald.
One emerald for three orange dye.

You can trade a maximum of 12 emeralds, providing you with a total of 36 orange dye.

The wandering trader can only give you up to 36 orange dye at once.
The trade closes after 12 emeralds, or 36 orange dye.

Trail Ruins Loot

There is a chance for orange dye to be obtained from suspicious gravel in Trail Ruins. In Bedrock edition, there is a 4.3% chance for suspicious gravel to contain orange dye; in Java edition, this percentage is 4.4%.

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