For thousands of years, folks had not much more than their hands and the materials that they found in nature to create everything that they needed.
Today, we take a walk through the park or in the woods and look at the trees, the flowers, and the berries as amazing, but mostly because they are all so beautiful. Chances are that you’re not really thinking about how they could possibly be useful for your daily life.
One of those surprising uses? Natural dye.
All you have to do is boil water and add the natural colorant. You usually will boil it for about an hour, and let it sit overnight. Sometimes you will need the help of a modifier that brings out the brilliance of the color, or that triggers a chemical reaction in the plant. Some modifiers include alum, lemon juice or vinegar, copper (pennies), iron (rusty nails), baking soda, and salt. Experimentation with natural elements and these modifiers will get you a vast array of different colors of varying intensity. What a fun, crafty experiment it will be!
These 11 things found in nature can all be used to create beautiful colors. Will you try to make any of your own naturally dyed fabrics?
1. Peach Leaves For Yellowy Green
2. Pomegranate Skins For Bright Orange
3. Lichen For Anything From Golden To Purple
4. Dried Maple Leaf Buds For Brown
5. Avocado Skins For Warm Pink
6. Dogwood Bark For Blue