DIY Natural Dyeing for Fabrics, Eggs & Papers (Simple Ingredients)

Learn how you can make natural dyes from fruits and vegetables. The complete stey by step guide to make natural dyes and dyeing fabrics.

Do you want to make your own dye that is safe to use?

Today, let us explore how you can make natural dyes at home.

Let us understand the basic difference:

Natural Dyes – Dyes that are made from natural substances such as herbs, leaves, flowers, insects or animals.

Synthetic Dyes – Dyes that are made by combining two or more chemicals.

For this activity, lets concentrate on natural dye making.

Natural dyes can be used in dyeing fabrics, dyeing eggs, or can even be used as paints to make your next canvas.

Tip: To make long-lasting colors from natural dyes – you need to add a fixative. You can choose to use vinegar or salt as a fixative based on the dye that you are making. Dyes made without addition of fixative may lose their colors soon.

DIY Natural Dyes

Natural Dye Making

Things We Need

Pink Dye from Beet

Materials

  • 2 cups of grated red beet
  • Vinegar (2 tablespoons)
  • Salt (1 tablespoon)
  • Water as needed.

Process

Make a dye from Beetroot

Grate the red beet as needed.

You can choose to blend it to make pulpy juice or just add required water and start boiling it.

Add 2 tablespoons of salt and vinegar.

Simmer the solution for 30 mins.

Use a mesh strainer to filter the solution.

The remaining liquid is your natural dye – You can get light pink to red color based on the beet and amount of water.

Yellow Dye from Turmeric

Materials

3 tablespoons of turmeric powder or 2 cups of grated fresh ground turmeric

2 tablespoons of salt

2 tablespoons of vinegar

Water as needed.

Process

Add the vinegar, salt to the turmeric, and mix it with water.

Bring the mixture to boil.

Simmer the mixture for 30 minutes.

Remove the mixture from stove and let it cool to room temperature.

Filter the mixture using a strainer.

The final liquid after filtration is your yellow dye.

Green Dye from Spinach

Materials

5 cups of chopped spinach (you can also use coriander leaves)

2 tablespoons of salt

2 tablespoons of vinegar

½ tablespoon of turmeric powder

Process

Make a dye from Spinach

Create a mixture by adding chopped spinach, salt, vinegar, turmeric and water in a bowl.

Bring the mixture to a boil.

Simmer the mixture for 30 minutes.

Strain the mixture using a strainer.

The remaining liquid is your green dye.

Purple / Blue Dye from Purple Cabbage

Materials

3 to 5 cups of grated purple cabbage

2 tablespoons of salt

2 tablespoons of vinegar

Water as required.

Process

Make a dye from Red Cabbage

Create a mixture using grated purple cabbage, salt, water and vinegar in a bowl.

Bring the mixture to a boil.

Simmer the mixture for 30 minutes.

Strain the mixture using a mesh strainer.

The remaining liquid is your purple/blue dye made from cabbage.

Orange / Brown dye from Onion Peels

Materials

3 cups of onion skins

2 tablespoons of salt

2 tablespoons of vinegar

4 cups of water

Process

Make a dye from onion

Create a mixture using onion skins, water, salt, and vinegar in a bowl.

Bring the mixture to a boil.

Simmer the mixture for 30 minutes.

Strain the mixture using a strainer.

The remaining liquid is your dark orange/brown dye.

Light Orange Dye from Orange Peels

Materials

2 – 3 cups of orange peels

2 tablespoons of salt

4 Cups of water

Process

Make a dye from Orange

Create a mixture using orange peels, water and salt in a bowl.

Bring the mixture to a boil.

Simmer the mixture for 30 minutes.

Remove the mixture from stove and bring it to room temperature.

Strain the mixture using a strainer.

The remaining liquid is your orange dye made from orange peels.

Here are some ideas on How you can use these natural dyes

Natural Dye From Vegetables And Fruits

Dyeing Paper

Dyeing Eggs

Dyeing Fabrics

Use it as Paint / watercolor.

How to Dye Fabrics using Natural Dyes

Materials

White Cotton Fabric (You can choose to dye a white t-shirt or pair of white socks)

Rubber bands

Natural Dye (any of the above dye)

Bowl & droppers

Process

Use rubber bands to wrap the fabric (t-shirt or socks) in different ways.

White Cloth to apply Dye

Dip the fabric in the natural dye selected.

Remove the excess dye in sink.

How to make Natural Dye

Place the fabric on a bowl or tray.

Use droppers or spoon to add more natural dye to the fabric to make it more colorful.

Keep the cloth in Natural Dye

Once you complete the dyeing process – let the fabric sit for couple of hours. You can even let the fabric sit in the dye for overnight to bring in vibrant colors.

Rise the dyed fabric in water to remove any excess dye from the fabric. The water should run clear when rinsed. Repeat rinsing until you get clear water.

Natural Dye for Fabric

Now remove the rubber bands to see the design patters that you created.

How to make Natural Dye For Fabric

Use Natural Dye as Paint for your drawing

Materials

Natural Dyes

Paper for drawing

Mixing utensil

Paint Brush

Process

Natural Materials For Paint

Store the naturally made dyes to different bowls.

You can choose to add flour or egg white to the natural dyes to make it thick. If you are using flour – heat the mixture until the mixture is smooth.

Tada! You can now use this paint to start drawing your canvas.

What are some Best Dyeing Plants?

Bloodroot

Dahlia

Sind Sunflower

Lady’s Bedstraw

Sunflower

African Marigold

Bronze Fennel

Basil ‘Red Rubin’

Chicory

Dyer’s Chamomile

Goldenrod

St-Johns-Wort

Tansy

Yarrow

Dyer’s Broom

Cosmos ‘Sunny Red’

Dyer’s Coreopsis

Blanket flower

DIY Natural Dye For Fabric

In addition – you can also use Woad or Indigo. Indigo is traditionally used to bring in the beautiful blue color for fabric.

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