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May 23, 2012

Beet Dyed Gift Wrap | Tutorial

Would you have ever guessed these were dyed with beets? Give plain tissue paper a little zip by using natural dye to color it!

Materials:
- 2-4 beets
- White tissue paper
- Paintbrush (optional)

We've been using a wonderful service to get a box of organic produce a couple times a month.

Each box is a surprise, and we've learned to cook with several unfamiliar veggies because of it. That learning curve resulted in this happy accident of a tutorial!

Cook beets with this recipe. It's not hard - put the beets in a covered baking dish with a little water and bake until tender. When they are done, they will be sitting in the most gorgeous pool of jewel-colored liquid. Pour liquid into small container.

Chop stems off and reserve.

Placing a couple sheets of tissue paper onto a baking pan, use the beet tops to stamp the paper with natural dye. When finished, carefully lift off and dry undisturbed.

You can also use a paintbrush to paint patterns, or even fold and dip whole sheets into the beet dye.

After some of the sheets dried I added another layer of color (see dots below).



I think the pieces of tissue that were folded and dipped came out the best (shown with a Powder Puff Gift Topper below). I love where the paper got really saturated with color! What's funny is that these were used, crumply pieces of tissue - but the wrinkles gave it dimension.

Tip: If you find the color isn't as intense as you'd like, simmer the beet dye on the stove until reduced by one half.

What do you think? Hope you have so much fun with this one!

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17 comments:

  1. Thanks, Charissa! This project looks like so much fun. I especially love the folded and dipped piece. I wonder if you could pull of an ombre using the dye?

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    1. Ooh, that would be cool! I bet you could. : )

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  2. i've been really into tie dye this summer so of course i love this!

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    1. No way! Why haven't you shared any of your creations? I want to see.

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    2. oh! i meant tie dye style (clothing) - i haven't done any dyeing myself. ;)

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    3. Aw, cute. I can only picture you in the most tasteful versions of tie dye.

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  3. What I great idea, Charissa! I've always loved the color of beets. Will have to try it soon.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I'd love to see how it goes!

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  4. What a great post. The images are incredible and the idea brilliant. I've always loved this jewel colored vegetable and now I'll save the juice for making gift wrap. Also belated congratulations on your second son. Wish you a wonderful pregnancy. You look truly beautiful and happy!
    Kathrin

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    1. Kathrin, I appreciate your kind words! I wonder what kind of beautiful fabric experiments you could do with the beet juice, too.

      Thanks also for your congratulations. I'm just heading into the 3rd trimester and excited to meet this little guy in a few months. : )

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  5. That is such great idea Charissa! I'd love to give it a shot. Maybe this summer sometime...

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    1. Yes, yes, yes! But do it before it gets too hot (this coming from a Southern Californian...). I wonder how you could apply this idea to your recyclables stash. Hmm...

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    1. Yay, thanks, sis! I didn't bring any tissue w/ me to Whidbey but in retrospect I could've used your beet salad as stamps for mom's Mother's Day gifts.
      ; )

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  7. What a great idea! I will definitely have to try this. We just got dine fruit dying some tablecloths and they look fabulous:)

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    1. Whoa, fruit dying. I would love to see what you used and how it turned out. Will keep an eye out in case you share!

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  8. What a wonderful idea. I love beets too! I linked this post and the one about making paper bags for gifts to my post on gift wrapping on my blog: First Come Flowers. Will be pinning this post onto my elegant gift wrapping pinboard. Thanks for such great ideas.

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