The natural dye made from red cabbage makes sea shells from your beach vacation into stunning decor elements!
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seashells (Matte or dull, porous shells work best. Shiny shells, like kauri shells, will not take dye.)
4 cups red cabbage, roughly chopped
- Place cabbage in a large saucepan, cover with plenty of water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
- Remove cabbage from cooking liquid and discard the cabbage.
- Measure the cooking liquid, and return to the saucepan.
- Stir in 2 tablespoons white vinegar and 2½ tablespoons of table salt for every 1 cup of liquid.
- Bring liquid to a boil over a medium heat, stirring until salt dissolves.
- Add shells, making sure they are completely covered in liquid. Simmer over a low heat for 25 minutes.
- Remove from heat, and allow the shells to stand in the dye liquid overnight or until desired depth of color is reached.
- Remove shells from liquid and place onto paper towel- or newspaper-lined trays to drain. Allow shells to dry completely.
Some varieties of shells may fade over time. Simply re-dye to achieve the color again.
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