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Dye Mini Wood Clips

Lisa Kettell Designs

By Lisa Kettell

February 5, 2014

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Project Description

As a scrapbooker and mixed media artist, I love consuming as many embellishments as I can. Sometimes buying embellishments can get costly even pre-colored mini wood clips which come in many styles in the store, which you get around 5-10 pieces for about $3.00-$6.00. But for $1.00 I bought 100 natural mini wood clips at the dollar store. Then I used left over Rit Dye Baths (I save my dye baths in jars and containers for more use) and dyed them in different colors. Once dyed you can use them in all your projects.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 30 minutes

Rit Products Used


You'll Also Need

  •   Unfinished/Natural mini wood clips

  •    Medium sized plastic container

  •    Plastic spoon

  •    Tongs

  •    Foil pan

  •   latex gloves

  •   paper plate

  •   paper towels

  •   plastic table cover

  •   salt white vinegar

Step By Step

  1. Prep your surface. Lay plastic table cover on the surface you will working over. Put on your rubber or latex gloves.

  2. Mix 2 tablespoons Rit liquid dye in color of choice, 1 tablespoon white vinegar with 1 1/4 cups hot water in a plastic or metal bowl and stir. Let steep for 10 minutes. For good hot water, heat some in the microwave in a glass bowl for 2 minutes. Repeat this process for each Rit Dye color.

  3. Place unfinished/natural tone mini wood clips into the dye solution, let set for 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Remove the dyed wood clips when desired color is achieved and place onto a foil pan. Let dry. Repeat for each color of dye.

  4. Tips/Tricks: -Use a hair dryer or heat gun to speed up the drying process -Mix Rit dyes for more color choices.-Create Ombre clips, by dipping your dyed clips 1/2 way into another dye bath. -Dip your dyed clips in glue and dip into glitter or sequins.

  • Goldie

    Hi…I love this idea and the like you…fret putting so much money into stuff that I know my crafty self could do. I want to create some colored buttons for a game and want to know if the dye comes off on your hands once dry or if they accidentally got wet? Thank you

    • ritsters

      Hi Goldie, If you follow the directions for this project, there should be no excess dye left on the buttons. If you should get any dye on your hands during your project, it will come off with any cleaning product containing bleach. Use lots of cream because bleach is drying. Hope this information is helpful




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