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How to make Brown Dye in Minecraft

Brown dye is a crafting material in Minecraft that can be used to dye many items.

Updated: Aug 19, 2022 2:53 pm
How to make Brown Dye in Minecraft

Are you looking to add some more color to your Minecraft world? Do you want to increase your world’s attractiveness and beauty using every dye you can? Then this article is for you.

Brown dyes are quite uncommon in Minecraft. Although it is not the prettiest color you can get, it is still very useful as you can use it for a variety of things such as dyeing leather armor, carpets, or for use in home decoration. Brown-colored dye is notoriously difficult to make due to the need for cocoa beans. While it is a more rare material, there are a few ways to get this crafting ingredient, from knowing which biome to find it, to trading with villagers.

This article will explain how to make brown dye in a variety of forms and how to use it. This is a step-by-step guide for fixing your brown dye dilemma.

Brown Dye Minecraft recipe

To create brown dye in Minecraft, just one material is required – cocoa beans. Cocoa Beans are only found growing on Jungle trees in jungle biomes. However, anyone who is familiar with Minecraft knows that jungle biomes are one of the rarest areas that you can find. If you are lucky enough to find a jungle biome, then you will need to harvest the cocoa beans that are found growing on trees.

Once you have found Cocoa Beans, the crafting recipe is simple. Just turn one Cocoa Bean directly into one Brown Dye in either a Crafting Table or your on-person 2×2 Crafting grid.

Minecraft Brown Dye crafting recipe

Farming Cocoa Beans

The great thing about Cocoa Beans is that they are super easy to farm back at your base after you’ve first found a Jungle Biome. Just make sure you gather Cocoa Beans and Jungle Log (or a sapling) to take back home. Plant a Cocoa Bean on the side of a Jungle Log, and you’ll have infinitely renewable Cocoa Beans from now on!

Cocoa Bean farm Minecraft

Other ways to find Cocoa Beans and Brown Dye


Using commands

Additionally, you may run this dye during gameplay through a specific command.

Utilize the command as shown below:

Command Cocoa Beans Minecraft



Like we just said, you may be able to trade with villagers to get brown dye or cocoa beans.

You might find a Wandering Trader wandering around your Minecraft world randomly, and they have a chance of trading any color dye for one Emerald in Java Edition. In Bedrock Edition, they may sell Cocoa Beans for one Emerald.

As Wandering Traders are quite rare, you might be better off trading with a normal Villager. In both editions, an Expert Level Shepherd has a chance of trading Brown Dye for one Emerald.

Wandering Trader Brown Dye Trade

How to use Brown Dye in Minecraft


To dye items

The primary purpose of a dye is to add color to an item. By using brown dye, your equipment and weapons will be stained with this dark color. You can use dye to color a wide range of items in a Crafting Table, and you can also use Brown Dye in your main hand to change the color of a tamed wolf’s collar, a cat’s collar, or the color of a sheep. You can also use colored dye to change the color of leather armor.

Just some of the items that can be dyed in a Crafting Table are;

  • Beds
  • Candles
  • Glass
  • Shulker Boxes
  • Terracotta

brown candle crafting recipe dye


For Banner making

Brown dye, like others, may be used to weave banners on a Loom or in a Crafting Table. Additionally, you may customize your banners by selecting from a variety of various designs. Banners are crucial for highlighting a specific area or to be used as decoration.

Brown Flower Banner Minecraft


Coloring Fireworks

The brown dye, like other colors, can be used to make fireworks. You may make these out of gunpowder. Additionally, you may use this dye to repaint or recolor your firework stars. To produce brown fireworks, you have a crafting table, brown dye, and gunpowder.

Brown Firework Star Minecraft



To make Concrete Powder

If you want to build with Brown Concrete or Brown Concrete Powder, you’ll need Brown Dye. The crafting recipe for Concrete Powder is below, and you simply need to place it in or flood it with water to turn it to hard Concrete.

Brown concrete powder minecraft

So, Brown dye has several uses in Minecraft, from decorating items in your home to using in building materials and changing the color of your armor. While it might be a bit of a pain to get due to its rarity, there are a few different ways to get it, and once you have got cocoa beans, you can begin to grow your cocoa bean supply closer to your base.

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