How to Make Red Ink

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Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup ripe berries

  • 1/2 tbsp. vinegar

  • 1/2 tbsp. salt

  • Strainer

  • Bowl

  • Glass jar with lid

Use berries to make red ink at home.

Before manufactured ink came along, people used natural materials to make ink. Roots, nuts and flowers can be used to create ink of various colors. Using materials you already have in your kitchen, yard or local grocery store, you can make ink quite easily. Berries are some ingredients you can use to make red ink at home. You can experiment using different types of berries to get different shades of red. Because you use natural products, this method is also environmentally friendly.


Step 1

Gather the materials that will provide the red color. You can use wild ripe blackberries, cherries, strawberries or raspberries.

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Step 2

Cut the berries into small pieces so they are more manageable.


Step 3

Hold a strainer over a bowl, then crush the berries against it to get the juice. Keep doing this until all the fruits have been crushed.

Step 4

Add the vinegar and salt to the bowl of red juice as preservatives to keep the color vibrant. Add water to the ink if it is too thick.

Step 5

Pour the ink into a glass jar and place a tight lid on it.


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