How to Make White Dye in Minecraft and How to Use It?

Dejan Cvetnarevic
Dejan Cvetnarevic

Updated · Feb 20, 2023


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Color is a crucial game component in Minecraft, as it enriches the gaming experience by allowing you to change your existing items and create entirely new ones!

As a primary color, White Dye is also used to create most of the secondary colors.

Below, we tell you how to make White Dye in Minecraft and how to use it!

What Materials Are Needed to Make White Dye?

You can create White Dye in Minecraft by using one of two ingredients:

  • Bone Meal—made from bones dropped by skeleton-type enemies or fish mobs or looted up as junk
  • Lily of the Valley—commonly found in the Flower Forest, Birch Forest Hills, or the Birch Forest

Note: One bone produces around three Bone Meal items.

How to Make White Dye in Minecraft?

Creating White Dye couldn’t be easier as you only need to complete a few simple steps:

  1. Collect your materials—obtain either type of crafting material from the locations outlined above;
  2. Access the crafting table—open the crafting menu by pressing the corresponding button (the ‘E’ key in the PC edition) or place a crafting table on the ground;
  3. a) You need four planks of any kind to create a 3x3 crafting table.
  4. Add in the materials—place the Lily of the Valley or the Bone Meal in the top-left box of the crafting grid;
  5. Store it in your Inventory—drag and drop the White Dye from the one-cell box on the right to your inventory.

Congratulations, you have just created White Dye that you can apply by right-clicking the item or animal while you view them in the game world. However, you can also recolor an item from your inventory by placing it along with the White Dye in the crafting grid.

What Can You Do With White Dye in Minecraft?

Unlike most of the other in-game dyes, White Dye is the most versatile color option, as it can be used to create a variety of in-game items and craft different colors too:

  • Armor Pieces—you can look your best and most regal self by dying your leather armor pieces with White Dye;
  • White Wool—you can also right-click a sheep with it to get white wool when shearing it, which you can recolor with another dye on the crafting table;
  • Beds, Glass & Candles—you can add a splash of White Dye to your bed, stained glass creations, and candles as well;
  • Banners—many banners that you place in the game world or use on your shield also require White Dye, including all the letter banners;
  • Animal Collars—to recognize your pets in a crowd, you can dye the collar of your tamed wolves and cats white;
  • Concrete Blocks—combined with gravel and sand, White Dye also produces concrete powder, which you can use to create concrete blocks;
  • White Terracotta—to get a whitish Terracotta building block, you can combine eight standard Terracotta cubes with one White Dye;
  • Shulker Boxes—if you want a portable chest in white, you can recolor a Shulker Box with White Dye and carry it with you;
  • Balloons & Fireworks—if you are in a festive mood, you can even craft balloons and firework stars of any color, including white;
  • Other Dye Colors—as a primary color, White Dye is also used to create dyes of other colors, including gray, magenta, light blue, lime, and pink.

Note: Some apprentice-level shepherd villagers may also give you an emerald for a stack of 12 White Dye items.

Bottom Line

Like most other Minecraft dyes, White Dye is easy to make as you only need to place the necessary reagent(s) onto your crafting table. Then, you can use it to recolor anything from sheep’s wool to armor and glass or combine it with other materials, such as gunpowder or sand and gravel, to create items like white firework stars and concrete powder.


Can you extract White Dye from white wool?

You cannot extract White Dye from white wool; you can only apply it to wool!

Can you create stained white glass using the White Dye in Minecraft?

Yes, you can easily create stained glass with any Minecraft dye, including a white one. You only have to place all the glass around the White Dye on the crafting table.

Is White Dye a renewable resource in Minecraft?

Yes, you can always get some more White Dye once you use up your entire stack. Simply obtain some more crafting materials from which you can extract the dye.


Dejan Cvetnarevic

Dejan Cvetnarevic

Dejan is a techie at heart who always dreamed of turning his fascination with gaming into a career. He finds working for TechJury a perfect opportunity to express his views of all kinds of different software. Being an avid reader, particularly of fantasy and sci-fi, Dejan pursued a degree in English Language and Literature. When not at his computer, he’s watching sports or playing tabletop games.

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