30(ish) Days of Fun::Caitlin's Arrival to the First Day of School
inspired by Mighty Girl
I have limited skills when it comes to crafts and I've never dyed anything before (ok--I got my hair dyed a few week ago) but this project was easy enough for even me to handle. Although the dipping part was fun, for some reason I just can't get over how exciting the make-your-own-dye part was. You could easily use artificial dye*, but making your own is definitely worth the extra effort.
Adapted from the dip-dyed cups tutorial over at Design*Sponge.
1. Chop up the beets into little chunks.
2. Add 1 part beets to 2 parts water. Simmer on the stove for at least an hour. The longer they cook, the darker the dye.
3. Strain the beets and voila!--you're left with a most gorgeous color.
4. Let the dipping begin.
We used 'eco friendly' paper bowls from the grocery store.
5. Have fun!
As we discovered, there's really no right or wrong way to do it. We played around with getting the bowls wet before we dipped them, trying to make polka dots, and letting them dry right-side-up or bottom-side-up depending on which way we wanted the color to bleed.
6. Let everything dry on a color-safe surface (we used grocery sacks) while you start to tidy. Clean up is minimal, but as you can see, things have a tendency to get a bit colorful.
7. All that's left to do is dress up your pretty little bowls with some sweet summer bounty. Dish delish.
*We quickly got bored with just red, so we used yellow food coloring to help expanded our color palette.