Dye Armor In Minecraft

An In-Depth Guide On How To Dye Armor In Minecraft

Did you know that you can dye your armor in Minecraft? It is an amazing way to make you look unique in the game. In Minecraft, you can alter your world in any way you prefer. This means that you can even build a serene garden in Minecraft Bloom and use flowers and other components to make dyes and change the color of some materials in your world, including armor. 

Dyes are not common in the game; however, since leather armor is not the strongest, it is the weakest type of armor; players are aware that they can dye their leather armor a different type of color. Though, the method used to dye is very different depending on the version of Minecraft used. Players may need to note that leather armor is the only armor that can be dyed.

As you already know, Minecraft is mostly a game that involves survival, struggling against hostile monsters to collect the primary requirements, and eventually finding a part of the world where you can call home. 

These major components of the game usually have the player in drab-colored armor, iron-grey or leather brown. However, it does not have to be this way; specifically, you can dye your leather armor in whatever color you prefer. In this article, we shall learn how to dye armor in Minecraft and other related detailed information. Let’s begin by understanding why you have to dye in Minecraft.

Why Dye Armor In Minecraft?

Why Dye Armor In Minecraft

Some are wondering why they need to dye armor. Well, mainly, it is an aesthetic choice for a player to add some color to their wardrobe and eventually their world. However, the mechanics are not purely aesthetic. 

When you can dye your leather armor, you will probably get an excellent chance to organize. Enchantments are often mutually exclusive, and not every enchantment in the game is for everything. For instance, a helmet with the Aqua Affinity enchantment and boots with the Depth Strider enchantment is somewhat needless in the Nether but are worthwhile in an Ocean Monument. 

Instead of having these armors in a chest with other specialized leather armor and hovering over each piece to find one with the enchantments you want, it is better to dye the whole set the same color. This is to help you retrieve it easily whenever you need it. Also, those dyed sets will look quite showy on an armor stand or your avatar. 

What Do You Need When Coloring Armor In Minecraft?

Usually, dying leather armor involves only two components; first, the leather armor itself and, of course, the color of the dye that you have chosen. In addition, you will also need access to a crafting grid in Java Edition or a Cauldron in Bedrock Edition. You may as well opt to use a crafting table for this, or even the crafting grid is built in your inventory. 

Sourcing Leather Armor

Leather armor can be found in several places in your Minecraft world. Mostly, all the chests in generated structures like Desert Temples, Abandoned Mineshafts, and others probably generate with leather armor inside. You may also get leather armor by crafting it with leather from cattle, horses, Ilamas, or even by crafting together rabbit pets.

Sourcing For The Dye 

Most of these dyes can be found in the form of flowers and other plants that are in Minecraft. Flower forest biomes are the best place to find a wide variety of colorful flowers. It is worthy to note that dyes can also be mixed with other colors to create a new color. This can be achieved at one of Minecraft’s crafting tables. 

However, the best color of a particular dye will depend on your chosen color. There are 16 different colors, and most of them can be obtained from flowers and plants in Minecraft. They include:

1. Red 

2. Yellow 

3. Orange 

4. Pink

5. Light grey 

6. Light blue

7. Magenta

8. White 

9. Brown 

10. Black

11. Green 

12. Like green

White can be obtained from bone meal, brown from cocoa beans, blacks from ink sacs, or either, but if you have an excess of those, green from smelting sea pickles.

Mixing Colors In Minecraft

Mixing Colors In Minecraft

1. Purple– mix one red dye and one blue dye.

2. Cyan- mix one green dye and one blue dye.

3. Light Grey– mix one black dye and two white dyes.

4. Grey- mix one white dye and one black dye.

5. Pink- mixing one red dye and one white dye.

6. Lime Green- mixing one green dye one white dye.

7. Orange- mixing one red dye and one yellow dye.

Making A Cauldron And A Bucket

There is a great difference between the Bedrock Edition and the Java Edition; that is why you will require crafting a bucket and a cauldron before you dye any of your armor. You will need the armor and the chosen color; however, you will also need it on a bucket filled with water and a cauldron. 

You require a lot of iron Ingots to make the cauldron and the bucket. You can find raw iron underground and in caves and then smelted into Ingots with a furnace.

How To Dye Leather Armor In Bedrock Edition

In the Minecraft Bedrock edition, you use a cauldron to dye leather armor and alter its color. However, note that the instructions given are meaningless in other versions of the Minecraft game.


1. Water bucket and cauldron 

2. Choose a dye

3. Choose leather armor; we have Leather Tunic, Leather Cap, and Leather Boots.

A Step By Step Guide On How To Dye Leather Armor In Bedrock Edition 

1. Place The Cauldron

To dye leather armor, the first thing you need to do is have a cauldron. You can select a cauldron in your hot bar and place it on the ground.

2. Add Water To The Cauldron 

The next step is to add water to the cauldron using a water bucket. You can select the water bucket in your hot bar and tap on the cauldron, and it will be filled with water.

3. Add The Dye To The Cauldron

The next step is to select a dye in your hot bar. For instance, you may decide to choose a red dye. Then tap on the cauldron to use the dye on the water. You should notice that the dye changes the color of the water in the cauldron.

4. Dye The Leather Armor In The Cauldron 

The final step is selecting the leather armor to dye. For instance, you may decide to dye a leather tunic. Select the leather tunics in the hit bar and then touch the cauldron. You should be able to observe that the leather tunic has become dyed. If you used red dye, your leather tunic will be red.

How To Dye The Leather Armor In Java Edition

It is very simple to dye leather armor in Java edition since not much is required. Take the armor you want to dye and place it on a crafting table with the dye chosen. By doing so, you have dyed leather armor.

Notable Thoughts

You may also add numerous dye colors to armor to combine colors. Fortunately, you can add any amount you want. With the armor piece, you can fit up to 8 different dyes in the crafting table. 

However, you can also put the dyed armor back into the table and add some more. If you want to try color mixing, add the dyes to the crafting table and look at the output slot to preview the armor. 


Having learned how to dye armor in Minecraft, you should now be in a better position to try and dye your armor in your Minecraft world. Remember to consider the version of Minecraft, which is either the Java Edition or the Bedrock Edition so that you may not have difficulties when dying armor. The dying leather system is incredible, and you should give it a dye. All the best!