Cranberry Dye

Another natural dye that would make a great activity for the Thanksgiving holidays. Did you know that the Pilgrims actually didn't wear black all the time? They were quite frugal and used any natural dye that they could, rather than purchase special dyes that would have been so expensive and almost impossible to come by in the early days. Cranberries make a bright red dye.

Materials:

2 cups fresh cranberries
1 quarter water
stove or heating source
large enamel or stainless steel (not aluminum) pot
study wooden or plastic stirring utensil
sieve
container to collect dye
material to dye

Directions: 1. Combine cranberries and water in the pot.

2. Simmer for 15 minutes.

3. Crush berries and simmer for another 15 minuts.

4. Strain mixture and discard the berries.

5. Add the material to be colored to the dye.

6. Let the material soak in the dye until the desired color intensity is reached.


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