If you’re making a cake or designing a t-shirt, you may find yourself in need of specific shade of color, such as teal. Instead of buying an entirely new shade of dye, you can create this color by mixing together colors you already have. The exact process for creating teal dye will depend on the kind of dying process you’re undertaking, but the basic process is the same. Once you know the exact combination of colors you need to create teal, mixing them together is fast.

Things You'll Need

Place 1 tablespoon of blue dye into a bowl for clothing dye, or one drop for food dye. If you want to create a lighter color, you can use slightly less. The more dye you put into the bowl, the darker the color will be.

Put 1 tablespoon of green dye into the same bowl for clothing dye, or one drop for food dye. If you chose to put less than 1 tablespoon of blue dye into the bowl, ensure that you use proportionately less green dye.

Pour 1 cup of water into the bowl if you’re preparing clothing dye. If you put in more or less water, you will alter the shade of the dye. Adding more water will leave you with a lighter teal, and less water will give you a darker teal. This step is not necessary if you’re preparing food dye.

Mix the liquids together in a bowl so the dye is spread evenly. You can continue to add water if you are not happy with the shade of the teal or experiment with more dye.

Soak your clothes in the water to dye them teal or put your teal food dye in with the rest of your ingredients to alter the color.


  • You can buy premade shades of teal dye at a local craft or food store.