Dyeing seashells is similar to dyeing Easter eggs. This summer, you can display a keepsake from the beach at home in any color you choose.
Photography: Manal Aman
Source: Martha Stewart
Refer to our Color Wheel for suggested dye mixtures and time.
- White seashells
- Food coloring
- White vinegar
- Bowls or containers
- Paper towels
Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (use more to intensify color) in 1 cup of hot water in a heatproof bowl, cup, or jar deep enough to let you submerge a seashell completely. Use a spoon to mix.
Submerge seashells in dye mixture and refer to our color wheel for recommended time. To create different tints, vary the dipping time. (Tip: Using tongs helps to handle seashells more easily.)
Line a tray, such as a baking tray or a cooling rack, with paper towels. Remove seashells from dye and place on paper towels to dry. (Tip: A pin-board is also handy.)