DIY: Natural Plant Based Tie Dyes

The psychedelic print from the '60s is back! Today's tie-dye looks a lot different than the flashy print that made its original mark, and there are now more natural ways to do it. While there are non-toxic dyes you can purchase, we wanted to show you a fun way to dye clothing using common household ingredients that are safe for everyone.

Activities that spark joy are more important than ever during these stressful times. The art of tie-dyeing can be the perfect distraction and even therapeutic. Part of the fun of tie-dyeing is the fact that no two prints look entirely alike and each piece is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece in itself! Don’t stress about messing up, you will still create something beautiful.

DIY: Natural Plant Based Tie Dyes

We'll be using 4 dyes but listed at the bottom of this post will be ideas for more colors. 

Materials you'll need: Salt, Saucepan(s), Water, White vinegar, Rubber bands, 1-5 mixed natural dyes (see dye colors below), Squirt bottles (optional), Rocks/marbles (optional)

Purple: To create this color, add 1 cup of water and ½ of blueberries to a small saucepan. If you’d like more dye, double this ratio. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to the mixture to help the dye set.

Gold: You can use a mixture of yellow onion skins and turmeric, or one of the ingredients to create a yellow color. Using just turmeric will create a very gold color. We used 6 teaspoons of turmeric in ½ cup of water, mixed really well.

Baby Pink: ½ cup of beets, 2 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar and your mixture is complete!

Red: 2 cups of water along with ½ of frozen cherries and two tablespoons of white vinegar.

Blue: ½ a cup of red cabbage with 4 cups of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar.

Green: ½ a cup of spinach with 4 cups of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar. 

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