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Turmeric Tie Dye

No Bake

Do you need a fun recipe to make at home during the quarantine? This fun recipe involves most things you probably already have in your house. We like to use natural ingredients to dye things. Here we used turmeric, but feel free to experiment with other things such as beet juice powder, charcoal, hibiscus, etc. 

You could also dye other things in your house such as socks, sweatshirts, or towels. I would suggest trying to mix two complementary colors of natural dyes. For example, you could use a red natural dye and a blue natural dye and then when the dyes come together they will make purple. How fun!

Turmeric Tie Dye



  1. Prep the white t-shirt(s) by placing 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water into a large stock pot. 
  2. Place the white t-shirt into the vinegar mixture and simmer the fabric for 1 hour. 
  3. One the time is up, run the shirt(s) under cold water and wring out the excess water. 
  4. Next, combine 2 T of turmeric into a pot with 3 cups of water.
  5. Boil the turmeric mixture and then reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for 1 hour. 
  6. Remove the turmeric mixture from the heat and allow it to cool completely. 
  7. Pour the turmeric mixture into a squire bottle. 
  8. Take the rubber bands and wrap the t-shirt(s) into a design of your choosing. 
  9. Squirt the shirt (preferably outside as the turmeric will stain) with the turmeric dye as much as you would like. 
  10. Place the turmeric shirt(s) into a plastic bag and allow it to sit as long as you would like- the longer it sits, the darker the color (we left overs over night).
  11. Once the shirt has soaked for the desired amount of time, run it under cool water and remove the rubber bands.
  12. Hang the shirt to dry. 
  13. Once the shirt is dry, run it in a quick rinse cycle in the washer & then dry in the dryer. 
  14. Make sure to wash the shirt by itself for the first couple washes to prevent any leftover dye from getting on your other clothes. 
Prep-time: 1-2 hours
Total time: overnight



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