How to Make Your Own Organic Dye
Arts and crafts are a wonderful way to spend time with your family. It is always fun to do things with your kids that they can do and will enjoy doing. One of the most fun ways to do this is to design and color your own shirts. If you do not want to go to the store and spend quite a bit of money on dyes, there some simple ways of making different colored dyes right at home and they will ensure that you save money and have fun doing it. The ingredients you will need to make these dyes are also all natural; so you do not have to worry about any chemicals that may be in store-bought dyes.
One of the main colors is red. When making red dye, you are going to need two or three cups of cranberries, and just enough water so that the cranberries are submerged. You then need to bring the water to a boil and stir the cranberries. After you have stirred the berries for a few minutes, you need to crush up all the cranberries. Make sure you do a thorough job of crushing the berries. Once this has been done, let the berries continue to boil for about ten more minutes while continuing to stir the mixture. Allow the mix to cool, and then strain the liquid from the remainders of the berries.
Blue dye is made in a similar fashion. Only with this, you need a head of red cabbage. Cut your cabbage into thin strips and submerge them in boiling water. Boil the cabbage until it looks as though the cabbage has lost its coloring. Take the pot off the stove and strain the cabbage from the rest of the liquid.
The same steps are taken for yellow dye as well. This time, you need to peel the skins off about a dozen yellow onions. Take your skins and put them in a pot. Add just enough water to cover the skins. This water needs to be heated to a boil for about fifteen minutes while continually stirring. Take your pot off the heat, and strain the mixture.
There are three easy ways to make your own natural dyes right at home. Each dye only takes minutes to make, but the fun will last for hours.
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