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Onion Skin Dye

People have been dyeing materials for over 5,000 years. The earliest dyes all came from natural ingredients. This dye is yellow to brown in color, depending on the type of onion skins you use.


gallon loosely packed, dry skins from yellow, red, or Bermuda onions
1 quart water
stove or heating source
large enamel or stainless steel (not aluminum) pot
study wooden or plastic stirring utensil
container to collect dye
material to dye


1. Tear the onion skins into small pieces.

2. Boil in 1 quart of water for 30 minutes.

3. Press the skins while stirring to get out all the color.

4. Strain the mixture and discard the skins.

5. Let the solution cool.

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

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


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