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Turmeric Tie-Dye DIY Scarf

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Turmeric Tie-Dye DIY Scarf
Turmeric Tie-Dye DIY Scarf
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Brighten up your life with these easy tie-dye techniques. With its vivid yellow-orange hue, the Turmeric Tie-Dye DIY Scarf makes for a snazzy accessory on a dreary day. Get started on this tie-dye project on a Saturday morning and it could be ready to wear by Monday! Best of all, the natural fragrance of the turmeric spice will stay in your kitchen all weekend long. Once you learn how to tie-dye, you can make more accessories to give as Christmas presents or birthday gifts.
One of the best things about learning how to tie dye with natural dyes like tumeric is that you are able to recycle scarves and other pieces without adding any more chemicals into the world. This is one of the most earth-friendly tie dye patterns out there.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteWeekend project


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Making Natural Dyes for Fabric

If you are a big fan of repurposing old clothes and fabric pieces but not crazy about working with the chemicals in dyes, consider seeking out more natural dyes and organic dye options. These earth-friendly ideas are generally rather easy to concoct and the results are often more stunning and earthy that store-bought, chemical-filled dyeing options. The options for dyeing fabric with natural dyes are endless. There are plenty of organic ways to dye fabric with natural dyes that you can make right at home.
From making natural dyes out of food you might have in the fridges to more woodsy ideas like tree bark or even bugs, making natural dyes is a fun way to be earth-friendly and feel cleverly self-sufficient.
Some great natural dyes to make can be created from the following: blueberries, pomegranates, onions, tree bark, bugs (we’ll pass on that one!), turmeric and other spices, etc.

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I am IN LOVE with this scarf. You can't even really tell it's "tie dye." I definitely never would have thought to use turmeric in this way. Can't wait to try it out this summer. Maybe if it turns out nice, I can make a couple as backup gifts. Thanks, guys! FaveCraftsTieDye

You can use beet juice in a similar way to get beautiful pink and maroon colors. Anyone who has cooked with beets will have noticed how colorful they are and how easily the color comes off. I used to decorate Easter eggs with my kids using beet juice for many years.

Wow. I never would have thought to use turmeric or any food or spices for a dye. And it turned out beautiful. This is amazing. I am always looking for ways to stay away from harmful chemicals in products today. This scarf is so elegant. I love it. Adding to my list of projects to do. Has anyone tried any of the other foods or dyes yet?

This scarf is really cute, and a subtle way to wear tie-dye as an adult. It's really cool how this blogger used Turmeric as a dye, I had no idea it could be used that way.


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