I wanted some holiday decorations that were a little bit different, so I created these DIY Christmas ornaments using Mod Podge and Rit Dye.
“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. Like my mom always said, it could’ve been much worse than sheet dyeing!
I haven’t used dye much since then, but writing for this blog introduced me to the wonderful world of dye in crafting. Rit Dye and Mod Podge happen to go together pretty well.
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 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).
Gather These Supplies
- 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.
Here’s the pile of fabric scraps I went for, just whichever random ones I found.
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 boiled water, added to the dye and stirred.
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.
I made a few different colors and did the same with my fabric scraps. Here are some fabrics being overdyed in blue. I wasn’t sure what I was doing – just experimenting really.
Here’s the aftermath (the drying). Some of the colors worked and some of them just didn’t (the fabrics were already a color, so it was hit and miss). I let everything dry.
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.
Put the fabric in the hoops and cut the excess. I love my orange pants, BTW. They are too big for me but I love them!
Add some fun ribbon.
And if you are so inclined, add flowers with glue.
There you have it – really bright, really fun dyed wood Christmas ornaments. They may not be your colors, but there are so many shades of Rit Dye, you can’t go wrong!