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How to make vegetable dyes

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Vegetables are incredible and they are not only delicious but can also be used for arts and crafts. You will need to work with an adult on this project but the results are amazing! 

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Good vegetables for creating natural dyes

Beetroot - Bright pink / purple

Beetroot is brilliant. If you've ever cut up beetroot you know it's a powerful dye as you end up caught red-handed. If you can get yellow beetroot that also makes a good yellow dye.

 

Red Cabbage - Purple / blue

Although it's called 'red', red cabbage makes a purpley-blue dye. It goes really well with the bright pink of the beetroot.

 

Turmeric - Yellow

Turmeric is a root related to ginger. It is normally found ground up to make a powdered spice, often used in Indian cookery. You can use the powder and you may be able to find the fresh root in Asian supermarkets. 

 

Spinach - Green 

This is a great use of spinach that's been left in the fridge too long. Don't waste it! Spinach makes a great strong green dye. You can mix it with the turmeric dye to great a really bright lime-green colour.

 

Once you have learnt basic dyeing techniques, you can start to experiment. Tie-dyeing is a method of making patterns simply by tying your fabric up with string. You can create amazing effects and make some very cool presents for friends and family - all from vegetables!

 

 

 


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