Make Your Own Hibiscus-Dyed Drop Cloth

Stemming from last week’s dip-dyed canvas tablecloth inspiration, here is an easy and natural way to dye an extra piece of fabric. Remodelista editor Sarah soaked a painter’s drop cloth in water with dried hibiscus flowers. The result was a pretty pale pink table cloth, perfect for outdoor entertaining. See below for Sarah’s instructions; for the complete story, visit Remodelista. Photography by Sarah Lonsdale, except where noted.

Above: Sarah’s inspiration was this swath of canvas in an artist’s studio; photo by Christopher Baker.

Above: Dried hibiscus flowers can be sourced at Amazon. According to Sarah, they create a lovely dusty pink color when used as a fabric dye.

Above: Fill a bucket or tub with enough water to completely submerge the cloth. Next, add four handfuls of the flowers.

Above: Let the flowers and water sit in the sun for a while, then place the drop cloth in the tub and fully immerse in the water. Leave for at least one day. Sarah let hers soak for three days, swirling it daily to get a little more pink color. Then line dry.

Above: The finished product, after three days of soaking.

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3 years ago

Thanks! Hibiscus flowers also makes a great hair mask.. here are instructions on how to make it:

Tim C.
Tim C4 years ago


Alicia N.
Alicia N4 years ago


susan k.
susan k5 years ago


Katie W.
Kathryn W5 years ago

Uh huh....and leave it in the sun for 3 days and it's right back to the color it started as.

Miranda Parkinson

What a lovely shade of pink!

Gloria H.
Gloria H5 years ago

I get a similar effect when a stray red sock ends up in the load of white clothes.

Kathy K.
Kathy K5 years ago

Fun! Thanks.

Talya Honor
Talya H5 years ago

Thanks for the article!

aj E.
aj E5 years ago

not sure why I need a drop cloth that's colored, but looks decorative.