How to Make Magical Dyes

Learn how to make beautiful, natural dyes from dried or fresh plants. Use these stunning dyes steeped in plant and color magic for fabrics, magical inks, and potions.

A large variety of dyes can be made from easy to find household items like leftover onion peels, spices, and even grass. Have fun experimenting with different materials, but remember that natural dyes will turn out a little differently each time. Natural dyes need to refrigerated and are not intended to last as long as store bought dyes, so I prefer to make small batches and use them as needed. I like to wear gloves and clothes that can get stained, since working with dyes can be messy.


ITEMS NEEDED

  • plants, herbs, or spices of various colors

  • pot of water

  • strainer or cheesecloth to strain

  • gloves *optional

  • storage containers *optional


INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a pot, add about 2x the amount of water per plant matter.


2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer about one hour (or until desired color is reached). While the water simmers, recite the incantation.

"Magic of plants simmer and steep,

Turn this water into ink,

For spells, dyes, and enchanted drinks."


3. Remove from heat and strain out plant material.


4. Use immediately or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.


LIST OF COMMON PLANT DYES

Strawberries, cherries, Lavender, beets, rhubarb, red cabbage – pink

Orange peel and lemon peel, onion skins, saffron, turmeric (be careful with saffron and turmeric bc it stains counters very quickly!!!) – orange, yellow

Coffee/tea – brown

Blueberries – purple

Blue butterfly pea flower - blue

Spinach, green lettuce – green

Darker red – red fall leaves

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