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Natural Dye Fun:
Dye Your Socks!

  • By The Grubbles
  • 3 minute read
  • Published 9th May 2024

Dye your own socks just like the Grubbles of BeWILDerwood!

What You Need: 

  • White or light-coloured socks 

  • Beetroot 

  • A large pot 

  • Water 

  • Vinegar 

  • A strainer 

  • Gloves (for grown-ups!) 

  • A spoon 

Let's Dye Some Socks! 

1. Gather Materials: First, make sure you have all your materials ready. Ask your grown-up to help! 

2. Prepare Your Colours: Chop up the beetroot into pieces (grown-ups only!) 

beetroot for dying your own socks

3. Make the Dye:  

  • Fill your pot with water and add your chopped beetroot. This will make a pink dye. 

  • Ask a grown-up to put the pot on the stove and heat them until they boil. Then, let them simmer for about an hour to get the colour out. 

Beetroot boiling

4. Add Vinegar: With a grown-up's help, add a splash of vinegar to each pot. Vinegar helps the colours stick to your socks! 

5. Dye Your Socks:  

  • With your grown-up, carefully put your socks into the pots with the dye. Use a spoon to push them down so they're all covered with the dye. 

  • Leave your socks in the dye for at least an hour. The longer they stay, the deeper the colour will be! 

Adding socks for dying

6. Take Them Out: Grown-ups, it’s time to use the strainer to take the socks out of the dye. Don’t forget to wear gloves to avoid staining your hands. 

7. Rinse Off:  Rinse the socks in cold water until the water runs clear. This is to make sure there's no extra dye left. 

8. Dry the Socks: Hang your socks up to dry. You can put them outside in the sun or somewhere inside that's safe from drips. 

Dyed socks

9. Wear Your Socks!: Once they're dry, you can wear your socks and show them off! Remember, natural dyes can fade, so each time you wear them, they'll look a little different.