Minecraft’s Purple Dye: A Complete Guide

Dyes are the key form of customization in Minecraft when it comes to building and decorating. They can be used to color a variety of blocks and items, which allows players to create more custom builds that are completely functional. This guide will focus on purple dye, but there are a total of sixteen dyes available in Minecraft currently: 

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

What Is Purple Dye Used for in Minecraft?

Purple dye has the same uses as all other dyes, like dying certain blocks and coloring sheep, while also being an ingredient for crafting magenta dye. 

The items that can be dyed purple in Minecraft: Wool, carpet, terracotta, glazed terracotta, concrete powder, concrete, stained glass, stained glass panes, shulker box, banners, candles, carpet, and beds.

Crafting Magenta Dye in Minecraft

Magenta dye is crafted by combining one purple dye with one pink dye. This recipe produces two magenta dyes.

Combining one purple dye and one pink dye produces two magenta dye.
Magenta dye crafting recipe

Dyeing Wool and Carpet Purple

Combining one purple dye with one block of wool will produce one block of purple wool.

Crafting recipe for purple wool with purple dye and white wool.
Combine wool with purple dye to craft purple wool

Crafting carpet with two purple wool will create three purple carpets.

Crafting recipe for purple carpets using purple wool.
Using purple wool to craft purple carpets.

Carpet can also be dyed purple after crafting by adding purple dye. It is more cost-effective to make the carpet from pre-dyed wool, though.

Purple carpet crafting recipe using white carpet and purple dye
Dying carpet purple with purple dye

Dyeing Sheep Purple in Minecraft

To dye a sheep purple, walk up to it while holding purple dye. Interact with it and its wool will become purple! 

Using purple dye to color a sheep's wool purple.

When the sheep is sheared, it will drop purple wool and its wool will continue to grow back purple. The color of a sheep can be changed at any time by interacting with it while holding a new color of dye.

Dyeing Banners and Beds

Using purple wool to craft a banner will create a purple banner. In a crafting table, fill the top and middle rows of the crafting grid with purple wool, placing one stick in the center box of the bottom row.

Purple banner crafting recipe.
Crafting a purple banner from purple wool.

Additionally, purple patterns can be added to banners using a loom and purple dye.

Adding purple patterns to a pink banner using a loom and purple dye.

A purple bed can be crafted on a crafting table by filling the top row with purple wool and the middle row with wooden planks.

Purple bed crafting recipe using three purple wool and three wooden planks.
Crafting a purple bed using purple wool.

A white bed can also be dyed purple by combining it with one purple dye.

A white bed being dyed purple with purple dye.
Dying a bed purple with purple dye.

Dyeing Dog Collars

A not-as-well-known ability of dye is that it can be used to change the color of dog collars! Simply interact with your puppy while holding a piece of purple dye to give them a majestic purple collar.

Purple dye can be used to turn a dog's collar purple.

It’s a great way to help differentiate your dogs, especially if you don’t have nametags yet.

Making Stained Glass and Stained Glass Panes

Purple stained glass can be created on a crafting table by placing one purple dye in the center of the table and filling the surrounding eight blocks with glass.  

Crafting recipe for purple stained glass.
Purple stained glass crafting recipe.

Purple-stained glass panes can be created with the same recipe, substituting the glass blocks for glass panes.

Crafting recipe for purple stained glass panes.
Purple stained glass pane crafting recipe

Purple stained glass panes can also be created by crafting them directly with purple stained glass.

Crafting recipe for purple stained glass panes using purple stained glass.
Crafting purple stained glass panes from purple stained glass.

Dyeing Terracotta Purple and Purple Glazed Terracotta

The recipe for crafting purple terracotta is identical to the one used to craft purple stained glass. In a crafting table, add one purple dye in the center box and fill the rest with regular terracotta blocks.

Crafting recipe for purple terracotta.
Purple terracotta crafting recipe.

To make purple glazed terracotta, smelt the regular purple terracotta in a furnace.

Smelting purple terracotta makes glazed purple terracotta
Smelting terracotta to make glazed terracotta

Purple glazed terracotta has a mix of black, dark purple, and light purple. Its design is reminiscent of crossing swords.

Glazed purple terracotta

Dyeing Concrete Powder Purple and Making Purple Concrete

In order to craft purple concrete powder, you will need one purple dye, four blocks of sand, and four blocks of gravel. On a crafting table, place the purple dye on the left of the top row, filling the rest of the top row with sand blocks. In the middle row, place a sand block in the left box, another sand block in the middle box, and then a gravel block in the right box. Afterward, fill the three bottom-row boxes with gravel.

Crafting recipe for purple concrete powder
Purple concrete powder crafting recipe

To turn the purple concrete powder into purple concrete, you just need to add water! Place the blocks on the ground and pour water from a bucket onto them.

Adding water to purple concrete powder to create purple concrete.
Turning purple concrete powder into purple concrete.

Concrete powder blocks will fall like sand and have a similar texture, while concrete blocks hold their shape and are very smooth and rich in color. 

Dyeing Shulker Boxes Purple

A shulker box can be dyed purple by combining it with one purple dye in a crafting interface.

Purple dye can be added to a shulker box to make a purple shulker box.
Dying a shulker box purple

Making Purple Candles in Minecraft

A regular candle can be crafted by combining one string and one honeycomb. In a crafting grid, just place the string one block above the honeycomb to produce one candle.

Candle crafting recipe
Candle crafting recipe

To dye the candle purple, just add one purple dye to it.

Dying a candle purple

Dyeing Leather Armor

To dye a piece of leather armor purple, just add one purple dye to the piece of armor in question.

Adding purple dye to leather armor makes purple leather armor

If you really want to stand out, an additional pattern can be added to the armor using a smithing table and armor templates.

Gold Tide armor trim added to purple leather armor
Gold Tide armor trim added to purple leather armor.

Dyeing leather armor also applies to horse armor! Just add the purple dye to one leather horse armor to make purple horse armor.

Adding purple dye to leather horse armor creates purple horse armor

Making Minecraft Fireworks Purple

In order to craft purple fireworks, you need a purple firework star. Combine one purple dye with one gunpowder to make one.

Crafting recipe for purple firework star.
Purple firework star crafting recipe.

Now you can craft a purple firework! In a crafting table’s 3×3 grid, place one piece of gunpowder in the center box of the top row, the previously crafted purple firework star in the center box of the middle row, and one piece of paper in the center box of the bottom row.

Crafting recipe for purple fireworks
Purple fireworks crafting recipe

Launch the fireworks by interacting on the ground while holding them, and you’ll see beautiful purple particles in the sky!

Purple fireworks in the sky.

How to Craft Purple Dye in Minecraft

Purple dye can be crafted by combining red dye with blue dye in Minecraft. This can be done in either the crafting interface in the player’s inventory or in the crafting table’s crafting grid. The red and blue dye can be placed anywhere in the grid as long as there is one of each.

Purple dye crafting recipe using red dye and blue dye.
Purple dye crafting recipe

Of course, this means that knowing how to make red and blue dye is necessary for crafting purple dye.

Crafting Red Dye in Minecraft

Four plants can be used to craft red dye— rose bushes, poppies, red tulips, and beetroot. 

All of the plants that can be used to craft red dye: from left to right, beetroot, poppy, red tulip, rose bush.
Left to right: beetroot, poppy, red tulip, rose bush

Rose bushes are found mainly in the Flower Forest biome.

Rose bushes growing in Flower Forest biome alongside red, orange, and white tulips.
Wild rose bushes in Flower Forest.

They can be placed into a crafting grid to produce two red dyes per bush.

One rose bush can be used to craft two red dyes.
Crafting red dye using rose bushes.

What is special about rose bushes is that they can be duplicated using bonemeal! Using bone meal on a planted rose bush will make it drop another rose bush. This can be done continuously until you run out of bone meal.

Duplicating a rose bush using bone meal.
Rose bush duplication

Poppies, red tulips, and beetroots all have the same crafting recipe. One of any of these can be used to craft one red dye.

Red dye crafting recipe using red tulips.
One red dye can be made from one red tulip, one poppy, or one beetroot.

Poppies can be found growing all over the Overworld in grassy biomes.

Wild poppies growing alongside dandelions, cornflowers, and oxeye daisies.
Wild poppies growing between Flower Forest and Plains biomes.

Red tulips can be found in the Flower Forest biome alongside rose bushes.

Red tulips growing alongside orange tulips and peonies in the Flower Forest.
Wild red tulips in a Flower Forest.

Beetroots can only be found growing in villages, but their seeds can occasionally be found in dungeon and mineshaft chests.

Wild beetroot being grown in a Plains Village
Beetroot growing in a Plains Village.

Trading for Red Dye in Minecraft

Wandering traders will give players three red dyes in exchange for one emerald.

Wandering trader selling three red dye for one emerald.

Crafting Blue Dye in Minecraft

Blue dye can be created from either lapis lazuli or cornflower.

Cornflowers can be found growing in Plains, Flower Forest, and Meadow Mountain biomes. 

Cornflower growing naturally with oxeye daisies in a Flower Forest biome.
Cornflowers growing in Flower Forest biome.

One cornflower can be used to craft one blue dye.

Recipe to craft blue dye from cornflowers.
Blue dye crafting recipe using cornflower.

Lapis lazuli can be found underground closer to bedrock than the surface.

Lapis Lazuli found in a mineshaft.

One lapis lazuli produces one blue dye.

One lapis lazuli can be used to craft one blue dye.
Blue dye crafting recipe using lapis lazuli.

Trading for Blue Dye in Minecraft

A wandering trader will trade players three blue dyes for one emerald. You can do this 12 times at once, giving you a total of 36 dyes.

Wandering trader selling three blue dye for one emerald.

How to Get Purple Dye from a Wandering Trader

Like all other dyes, wandering traders will trade purple dye for emeralds. The exchange rate is three purple dyes for one emerald.

Wandering trader selling three purple dye for one emerald.

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