There are a lot of practical reasons to make your own natural DIY dye from natural ingredients. It's cost effective, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. It's derived from renewable resources and is biodegradable; it can be disposed of safely in your kitchen sink. These are all things to feel good about, but beyond the practical, there's the meditative, gratifying art of natural dye making.
The colors achieved using natural DIY dye are earthy and organic, and the results are variable and inconsistent in the best way possible. What artist wants to create the same masterpiece twice? The inspiration for your palette is everywhere: in your spice drawer, your backyard, and blooming in your flowerbed. It quite literally grows on trees. Here's a little to get you started.
For blue, use hyacinth, mulberries, or dogwood fruit.
For brown, use coffee, cinnamon, walnut hulls, pine cones, or tea.
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For green, use spinach, artichokes, or grass.
For orange, use carrots, butternut squash, or yellow onion skin.
For pink, use strawberries, cherries, or raspberries.
For purple, use blackberries, blueberries, or red cabbage.
For red, use beets, rose hips, cranberries, hibiscus, or red onion.
For yellow, use turmeric, saffron, marigolds, or sunflowers.
Once you've gathered your ingredients, you're ready to make your dye. You may want to bookmark this article so you can refer back to these instructions. Ready? Boil, then strain.
That's it. There are some finer intricacies, like using pots and utensils that you're not very attached to and wearing rubber gloves so you don't stain your hands, but making natural dye is really that easy.
You can create deeper colors by boiling your ingredients longer, and you can vary the shade and brightness of your dye by using different mordants when preparing your fabric or yarn. A mordant is simply a color fixative; it helps bind the dye to the fibers. Some natural mordants include vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, and salt.
Making your own all-natural DIY dye is not only thrifty and environmentally smart, it's a creative and rewarding process. Let Mother Nature be your muse, and stir up a big pot of gorgeous color using ingredients from your own little slice of heaven.
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