I just made some homemade plant dyes today and thought I would share how to make it. It's SO simple, just time consuming. I will show you in my next post how to make crayons with these dyes.
Boil water in four different pots.
Add one vegetable or fruit to each pot.
(You don't really have to be exact with measurements on this, so sorry I do not have measurements.)
For yellow, I use carrots & turmeric.
For red/pink, I use beets.
For green, I use spirulina.
For blue/purple, I use blueberries.
Bring to boil, and then simmer for around an hour.
Strain out vegetables and fruit, and keep remaining liquid.
Pour each color into a separate canning jar leaving about an inch on top of space.
Pour white vinegar and fill remainder of jar.
Use in place of dye!
*I am not sure the exact shelf life, but they last a while with the vinegar. They don't keep forever of course because they are natural and plant based.*
*Other colors you can make are strawberry pink, coffee ground brown, weeping willow bark peach and oak galls black.*
*If you use this dye for dying clothes it will eventually fade.*