How to make brown dye in Minecraft (different methods)

You need dye in Minecraft for a wide range of things. These dyes come in a diverse range of colors and are suited for different aspects. The brown dye is one of the most commonly used. But how do you make brown dye in Minecraft?

In this article, we will show you a step-by-step guide for making brown dye in Minecraft. The easiest option is to use cocoa beans. However, if you don’t have cocoa beans, you can mix up different dyes to come up with brown dye or even trade it.

Different ways to get the brown dye in Minecraft?

You can get brown dye in Minecraft using these 4 methods:

  1. Craft the dye on a crafting grid
  2. Mix other dyes
  3. Give a command (Java Edition)
  4. Trade

How to craft brown dye in Minecraft

To craft brown dye in Minecraft, you need:

  • The crafting grid
  • Cocoa beans

How to make brown dye using the crafting grid

When you start a new game in Minecraft, you’ll get a 2×2 crafting grid when you open the crafting menu. You’ll use it to craft the 3×3 crafting grid (crafting table/workbench) which is better as it can craft more complex items.

Simply fill the four boxes of the 2×2 crafting grid with your preferred wood planks (spruce, oak, jungle, birch, crimson, acacia, warped, or dark oak). The crafting table will appear in the box to your right. Drag it to your inventory.

How to find cocoa beans

Cocoa beans are very rare. They’re mainly found in the Jungle biome. Now, when you manage to find your way there, look for Jungle trees and check on the sides for blocks called cocoa pods. The cocoa beans are usually inside the pods.

The pods’ size and color vary depending on their maturity. Young cocoa pods are usually green and small, the moderately-grown are slightly bigger and yellow, then the fully-matured ones are large and orange.

You should only mine the fully-matured pods because the young and moderately-grown won’t drop any cocoa beans. To mine the large cocoa beans, use any tool, or even your bare hands.

However, whatever you use shouldn’t have the Silk Enchantment because that will cause the entire cocoa pod to drop instead of 2 to 3 cocoa beans.

The crafting table recipe for a brown dye

Once you get the cocoa beans, use the following guide to craft the brown dye:

  • Open the crafting table.
  • You should see a crafting area that features a 3×3 crafting grid.
  • Take 1 cocoa bean and put it in the first box of the first row.
  • A brown dye will appear in the box to the right.
  • Take the brown dye and move it to your inventory.
  • Congratulations, you now know how to make the brown dye.

How to mix other dyes to get the brown dye

If you want to make brown dye in Minecraft without cocoa beans, use the recipes below:

  • Red Dye + Green Dye = Brown Dye
  • Yellow Dye + Purple Dye = Brown Dye
  • Blue Dye + Orange Dye = Brown Dye
  • Black Dye + Red Dye + Yellow Dye = Brown Dye
  • Black Dye + Orange Dye = Brown Dye

How to make the brown dye using a command

This is yet another way of making brown dye without using cocoa beans. It’s mainly used in Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac). The command is:

/give @p brown_dye 1

Trading for brown dye

Lastly, you can get brown dye in Minecraft by trading with villagers and trades. Unfortunately, your chances of making a single trade are usually very slim. So, it might take a while to find a single dye using this method.

Uses of brown dye in Minecraft

The main use of the brown dye in Minecraft Bedrock and other Editions is to stain resources and turn their color brown. These are:

  • Brown Candles: Combine Brown Dye with Candles.
  • Brown Beds: Combine Brown Dye with Beds.
  • Brown Concrete Powder: Combine Brown Dye with Concrete Powder (Sand + Gravel).
  • Brown Stained Glass Blocks: Combine Brown Dye with Glass Blocks.
  • Brown Terracotta: Combine Brown Dye with Terracotta Blocks. (since Terracotta already looks like a light brown dye, this mix helps to produce another hue)
  • Brown Stained Glass Panes: Combine Brown Dye with Glass Panes
  • Brown Firework: Combine Brown Dye with Firework (Gunpowder)
  • Brown Carpet: Combine Brown Dye with Carpet
  • Brown Leather Boots: Combine Brown Dye with Leather Boots
  • Brown Shulker Box: Combine Brown Dye with Shulker Box
  • Brown Banner: Combine Brown Dye with a Banner
  • Brown Sign: Combine Brown Dye with a Sign
  • Brown Leather Armor: Combine Brown Dye with Leather Armor
  • Brown Balloon: Combine Brown Dye with Latex, Helium, and Lead
  • Apply on tamed cats and wolves to dye their collars.
  • Used to dye water in cauldrons (Bedrock and Education editions).

Brown dye is supported in the following editions of Minecraft

  • Playstation Edition
  • Java Edition
  • Bedrock Edition
  • Pocket Edition and schooling edition

NOTE: You will not get brown dye in Minecraft 360 Edition since it is not supported.


From this Minecraft recipe for brown dye, you’ll quickly note that the process is simple and straightforward. The only challenge might be to find the crafting resources. However, you can use any of the methods here depending on what you have.