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Dye Queen

By Dianne Giancola

September 6, 2013

 

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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 1 hour

Rit Products Used

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    You'll Also Need

    •   14” Straw Wreath

    •    Rit Liquid Dye – 1 bottle of each: Cherry Red/ Fuchsia/Petal Pink/Scarlet/Wine

    •    White Paper Flowers (#529567) by Prima Marketing

    •    Large Dark Red Bow

    •    Measuring Cup & Measuring Spoons

    •    Spoon for stirring dye

    •    5 Small Plastic Containers (1-cup size)

    •    1 Box Extra-Long Pearlized Pins

    •    Q-Tips

    •    Latex Gloves

    •    Paper Towels

    •    Plastic Table Cover

    Step By Step

    1. Cover work surface with plastic cover.

    2. Prepare 5 separate containers of dye using Petal Pink, Fuchsia, Scarlet, Cherry Red and Wine. Wearing latex gloves, measure and mix 2 teaspoons dye with ½ cup very hot water (140º F); stir. Note: If water is not hot enough, heat water in the microwave or a tea kettle.

    3. Sort flower petals by size and type into groups of three (small, medium, large). Three petals will be dyed and pinned together to create one flower.

    4. Sort flower petals by size and type into groups of three (small, medium, large). Three petals will be dyed and pinned together to create one flower.

    5. Ends of flower petals can be dipped in dye solution.Or, a Q-Tip can be used to paint dye in center or along veins in flower petals.

    6. Or, flowers can be immersed in dye for 30 seconds. This photo shows 3 flower petals each dyed differently. Note: If dye solution cools down, reheat in the microwave for 30 – 60 seconds.

    7. After dyeing, dry flowers in the microwave: Line bottom of microwave with paper towels. Place the dyed flower petals in the microwave and set on High for 1 minute.

    8. Layer 3 flower petals together and set aside

    9. This photo shows 5 flowers, each dyed in one of the 5 colors.

    10. Pin flowers to straw wreath using pearlized pins. Overlap flowers and be sure to cover inside of wreath. Tip: Straw wreaths usually come covered in plastic wrap. Leave this plastic on the wreath. It makes the wreath less messy to handle.

    11. Tie big bow to top of wreath.

     

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