“Back in the day” I used to buy sheets from the thrift store, bleach them (to get the beasties out) and then re-dye them. I know, it's weird. But I was in college, and we do weird things in college. I haven't used dye much since then, but writing for this blog introduced me to the wonderful world of dye in crafting. Remember these wood bangles? Or the dyed newspaper art? These projects were made with Rit Dye and Mod Podge. I was recently sent a gi-mungo box of Rit Dye to play with, so I started my journey down the dye path for the second time in my life.
I had a great time.
The DIY Christmas ornaments above were the fruits of my labors, and I'm pleased to say that this photo is not photo edited. The colors really *are* that bright. And you know how I love bright colors. They are a little different for ornaments, but I wouldn't be afraid to have them on my tree. Continue on if you want to know more about my dyeing party (attendance: 1).
- Rit Dye in the colors of your choice
- Wood embroidery hoops
- Fabric scraps
- Mod Podge Gloss
- Craft glue
- Paper flowers
- Plastic containers for mixing
- Tablespoon and spoon
First things first – I used the online ColorRit Color Formula guide to figure out what colors I was going to make. I certainly wasn't going to use it straight out of the bottle. I headed straight for the blues to make some teals.
Time to make my little dye recipe. In this pic I'm mixing for a lighter version of Wine (I added Tangerine). I also added some salt to make the dye do . . um . . . whatever it does with the salt. It said on the bottle add some salt for cottons, so I did.
I dunked my embroidery hoops and let them stay there for a bit (10 min or so). Isn't it fun that you can dye wood? The wood took the dye very well.
Then I Mod Podged the scraps to make them stiffer. I guess you don't have to do this, but I always Mod Podge everything. I also feel like it protects the fabric from getting dirty and losing color. Let dry.
There you have it – really bright, really fun DIY Christmas ornaments. They may not be your colors, but there are so many shades of Rit Dye, you can't go wrong. If you want more information on the dye and the colors, visit these links:
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