How Do I Color Hemp?

by Christi Aldridge

Hemp is used for many projects, such as jewelry making, gift wrapping and to add accents to your home. Hemp, however, is a creamy brown shade when purchased, and you may want to color it to suit your own project purposes.

Items you will need

  • White vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • Large bowl
  • Sauce pan
  • Colorful fruits and vegetables

Food-Coloring Dye

Step 1

Prepare the dye by filling a bowl with 2/3 cup of hot water and adding 2 tbsp. of white vinegar. Add 20 to 30 drops of the food coloring of your choice. Dark colors will hold better to the hemp.

Step 2

Hold the hemp under the faucet and run very hot water over it until it is saturated.

Step 3

Place the hemp inside the food-coloring dye and let it steep for as long as you like. Check it every 10 minutes to see if the color is dark enough.

Step 4

Rinse the dye from the hemp underneath cold water and let the hemp air-dry overnight.

Vegetable and Fruit Dye

Step 1

Mix 1 part of vinegar to 4 parts of water in a sauce pan to create a fixative that will help the dye adhere to the hemp. Place the hemp into the fixative and simmer for an hour to prepare the hemp.

Step 2

Make dyes using colorful fruits and vegetables. For green, use spinach leaves. Purple can be made from grape juice, carrots can make orange and beets can make red. Boil the fruit or veggie in water along with the hemp and let it simmer for an hour or longer.

Step 3

Remove the hemp from the dye and rinse it in cold water. Let it air-dry completely.

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