Naturally Creative: Using Beets for Painting and Dying Art


Painting with beets can be a fun eco-friendly craft for artists of all ages. Using natural dyes from plants has been something artists have been cultivating for hundreds of years. Only within the last 60+ years we’re synthetic acrylic paints introduced, where previously artists have been using natural colors exclusively. Beets are not only delicious to eat, but their colors can be retained in a way that will keep for quite a while in the refrigerator to use over and over again. The next time you’re hoping to eat beets for dinner, consider using this recipe for a beautiful dye for your next painting/ craft session.

jar of beet paint and peonies

DIY Beet Paint Recipe


• 1 cup peeled and diced beets
• 2 cups water (for boiling)
• 2 tablespoons distilled vinegar
• Paintbrush
• Paper (preferably watercolor paper)


To make your beet paint you will first need to peel and cut your beets until you have one cup diced beets. You can cut them into small squares or however you plan to eat them. Place your cut beets in a deep soup pan and cover with water. Bring beets and water to a boil and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender with a fork. Next, you will save the water the beets were boiled in, therefore, when straining beets, empty liquid into another container such as a mason jar.

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