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Branches of Dye

Lisa Kettell Designs

By Lisa Kettell

April 25, 2014

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Project Description

A simple walk or hike in the forest can lead to so much inspiration. With Spring in full bloom that means warmer days, brighter nights and outdoor fun. Last week I was exploring some of the beautiful mountains in NJ, looking at all trees surrounding me. When I got home, I decided to pick up the fallen branches outside my house and build an indoor tree for my studio space to bring the outdoors in. Some of these branches would be turned into May Day fairy wands and ornamental decor. This project will show you how to bring branches to life using dye and turn them into so many things.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 30 minutes

Rit Products Used


You'll Also Need

  •   foam brush (Rit Dye Applicator)

  •    foil pan

  •    branches

  •   latex gloves

  •   old towel

  •   paper towels

  •   plastic table cover

Step By Step

  1. Prepare your work surface with a plastic covering. Pour some liquid Rit into a glass jar or bowl.

  2. Dip a foam brush or Rit dye applicator directly into the liquid dye and brush on the branches til desired color is achieved. Heat dry with a heat gun.

  3. Tips/Tricks:-Make a dye bath in a tub-a-ware container and let the branches sit in the dye bath for 5-10 minutes, leave longer for darker coloring. -Bleach your branches, then dye them for lighter coloring.

  • http://www.theritstudio.com Ellen Highsmith-Silver

    Don’t ask me why, but every time I see these dyed sticks I like everything about them – right after I wish that I had thought of them. Lisa, you really are a RitStar.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Julie

    Have you tried dyeing cornstalks? I have not yet, but want to, and am uncertain as to the process, as I am new to this technique. suggestions anyone?




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