Monday, March 21, 2011

How to Dye Coconut

food colouring (or gel)
measuring cup
something for stirring

1. Add food colouring to water and stir to mix.  I used several drops of red to get a red-tinted water.  (I was going for a bright pink final colour.)  Add enough coconut so that it is tightly packed together in the water.  Stir to evenly coat.  I used a disposable wooden skewer to stir.

2. Keep mixing and stirring until the coconut has absorbed the water and food colouring.  If you need to add more colour, do it right away for even coating/absorbing.  This will give you evenly coloured coconut. 

3. When you are happy with the colour, drain off excess water and gently squeeze coconut in paper towel.  Lay the coconut out to dry on fresh paper towels, turning every few hours to keep the pieces from clumping together as they dry.  I swapped the paper towel after an additional 24 hours of dry time.  It took 2 days total to dry completely.  If you need it done faster, you could try drying it in a low oven (175F or so).

If you want more variation in the colour shades, do the following before you drain the water:  Remove half the coconut with slotted spoon and follow drying instructions above.  Add new coconut to the water and allow to absorb.  Drain as per above instructions.  The wettest coconut will have absorbed the most colour, while the most recently added will have absorbed only a little. 


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Megan @ Cut the Craft! said...

Never even thought you could do this...great idea!


.Amelia.Bedelia. said...

Thanks for the tip! - Perfect with Easter just around the corner!

Kimberlee said...

What a great tip! I forsee some coconut topped cupcakes in my future!

Sarah said...

I haven't seen colored coconut before. Let the fun begin!

Elizabeth Nafe said...

This is too friggin cool!! I never thought to do this! Thanks for the great tip!

very merry vintage style said...

Excellent tutorial! Perfect for Easter goodies. Thanks for linking to Share the Love Wednesday!

PartyMom said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! I'm saving this one for Easter!

Kitchen Hospitality said...

I love coconut but never thought of dying it. How pretty. In one of your photos, it looks like confetti. I found you over at Tea Rose Home and am now following you. Have a wonderful day.

Sarah E. said...

I needed this :) I have a really good recipe for Easter cupcakes that uses green coconut! Thanks!!!

Tammy @ Type A said...

such a cute idea. would be great on cake or cupcakes. thanks for sharing this at my party!!!

iram said...

wow what a help full tip , please do visit my blog some time i am hosting a beaded wrist band give away i would love you to enter best of luck

Brandy J. said...

I just found your blog and am your newest follower. Thanks for the great tips!!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

I'm NOT a coconut fan but thanks for the great tip! Thanks for linking up!

Made By Gen said...

I a new follower from Thrifty Thursday...I will invite you also for my first giveaway.

LocalFunForKids said...

That is really cool. My sons love anything that changes color. You should come link up at

Christina said...

I never knew you could do!

Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

SewHappyGeek said...

Hey, thanks for linking up! You got featured! Feature Friday

Melissa said...

That is so neat. I can think of some really fun stuff I can use this for.

Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.


Grace Baxter said...

Great tip. I can see how this pretty coconut would be great on Easter cupcakes!

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

This would be great for green with easter baskets!

Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice Thursday! Hope you can make it back this week {party opens wed. night @ 8pm CST}

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

I LOVE that shade of pink! Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial on Fancy This Fridays!!! Can't wait to see what you share next!

Jill @ Women Who Do It All said...

Wow, that looks cool. I can see lots of fun cakes and cupcakes here, especially for Easter!

Krafty Kat said...

Great tip- I love to use dyed coconut for Easter cakes! Thanks for sharing at Krafty Kat!

Moogie said...

Great post I'm your newest follower.

Rhinestone Beagle said...

Great idea! We have a linky party every thursday and would love for you to stop by. We also have a button for your linky page if you wanna grab one. Happy Crafting!
Rhinestone Beagle

@pril said...

Thanks for sharing the much needed info. I saw you at Saturday Spotlight by Craft Envy.

My blog is having it's first linky party this weekend. I would love for you to add this post:

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

What a fantastic idea. I just was going to make cookies with coconut in them and boy they'd be cute with colored coconut! Thanks for sharing

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