Every time I see beet juice from red beetroot I can’t help thinking that it would be great to use as natural dye. So I thought up a project to try out natural beet dye. And as a beet is red, I thought I might as well create a Valentine Heart.
All you need for this DIY Valentine craft is one beet, some old unpainted wooden toy blocks and some adhesive plastic. I my case: I took some old wooden blocks from my son he wasn’t playing with anymore. I always like recycling things in my house we are not really using anymore.
Play around with the blocks a bit until you find a shape and pattern that you like. You then need to create a heart shape to put on your blocs. I made a heart shape very old fashioned: by drawing half a heart on a right sized sheet of paper, folding it in two and cutting the heart. The result was a beautiful equilateral heart.
Next draw the heart shape on to the adhesive plastic (on the paper side). Cut out a big piece of the adhesive plastic (bigger than your wooden blocks) and next fold your plastic in two and repeat the equilateral heart routine. You’ve now created a piece of plastic with a heart shape missing. Get that plastic on your wooden blocks a tightly as you can. You want to prevent your beet dye from running underneath it. The better you stick the plastic on your blocks, the sharper your heart image will look. By the way, I still had some adhesive plastic in my cabinet so I thought might as well use it but let me know if you come up with something else to use (the less plastic, the better right?).
Then the lugubrious part of this DIY craft: make the beet bleed. Well, that is very easy to accomplish, just make some good cuts in the surface of the beet.
I also tried using smaller pieces of beet but found that cutting the surface of halve the beet worked out better. The smaller parts of beet stopped bleeding quicker and we need as much natural dye as possible. I bought an old organic beet at the groceries by the way but I suspect a fresh one will be better at bleeding. Wearing gloves (which I forgot) is quite a good idea when staining the blocks with the natural beet dye. Continue dyeing the blocks until you’re satisfied with the intensity of the color.
And all the sudden you’re done! Remove the plastic and your DIY Valentine craft using natural beet dye is ready. Hope you enjoy it!
Enjoyed using natural dye? Hop over to the lovely site of Minieco to read about using natural dye in homemade playdough. Totally in to DIY Valentine crafts? Then continue reading about two other DIY Valentine Crafts: Homemade Clay hearts and Cross-Stitch Cardboard.