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5 of the Best Flowers to Use to Make Yellow Natural Dye

From convenience to eco-friendliness to health benefits, there are so many wonderful reasons to use flowers to make your own yellow natural dye. We’ll look at some of the best flowers to use as well as tips for using yellow natural dye in this post.

Yellow Calendula flowers on fabric to be used as dye

Why Make Dye from Flowers? 

Instead of purchasing synthetic dyes for your fabric-dying, using flowers is a practical, sustainable option with plenty of benefits! Here are just a few reasons why you might consider making your own dye from flowers.

  • No waste. First of all, making your own dye reduces waste from packaging and manufacturing.
  • More sustainable. No waste means it’s better for the earth, of course!
  • Low-cost. You can make your own dyes very inexpensively with flowers grown right in your backyard.
  • Complex hues. In addition, making your own dye from flowers will leave you with lovely, complex hues that just cannot be manufactured in store-bought dyes.
  • No harmful chemicals. When you make your own dye, you know that it’s safe and free from the harmful chemicals that inevitably come with manufactured dyes. Using natural dye from flowers provides safety and peace of mind, especially if it’s being used for or around kids.
  • Fun family project. Lastly, making your own yellow natural dye is a fun project that the whole family can participate in! Keep reading to find out one way that our family uses yellow natural dye.
Yellow Calendula flowers on fabric and cutting board to be used as dye - white teapot in background

Five of the Best Flowers to Use to Make Yellow Natural Dye

Here are 5 of the best flowers to use when making yellow natural dye.

  1. Calendula (Pot Marigold)
  2. Marigolds
  3. Goldenrod Flowers
  4. Coreopsis
  5. Yellow Dahlia

Where to Buy Flower Seeds for Your Yellow Natural Dye

Some of our favorite places to buy seeds are Botanical Interests and High Mowing Organic Seeds.

flower-dyed yellow curtains hanging to dry

What Can you Dye with Natural Dyes?

It’s common to use natural dyes for dying fabrics. However, you can also use your natural dyes to safely dye foods, such as butter, cheese, or even Easter eggs.

The Best Types of Fabric to Use with Natural Dyes

You’ll want to choose natural fibers for your flower dyes. Natural dyes will not work well on synthetic fabric. For best results, choose cotton, silk, muslin, linen, or wool.

Yellow Calendula flowers to be used as fabric dye scattered on cutting board and fabric

Learn to Dye with Calendula Flowers

Check out my previous post, How to Use Calendula Flowers to Dye Fabric, for simple instructions for making and using DIY natural dye.

Using natural dyes is an enjoyable project for the whole family – kids included! In the post, I’ll also show you how to make a lovely keepsake with your naturally dyed fabric.

Calendula flowers in pot of water to boil for making fabric dye

Who wants to grow their own dye garden?

There are so many benefits to making your own dye from your garden! Besides being sustainable, safe, and low-cost, growing plants for dye also provides the natural beauty of these stunning flowers flourishing in your backyard.

If you want to grow Calendula flowers for dye, mid-spring or early summer is the best time to plant. Simply sow the seeds directly in the ground in full sun.

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