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The Guilty Crafter's Dye-I-Y studio

By Angela Daniels

April 1, 2016

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Project Description

I was looking for big pillows to dye at Ikea and couldn't find anything that looked fun. As I was leaving, these pots caught my eye. They are ceramic, with a glossy finish. Not at all what I would normally consider dyeing but then I remembered all these videos I've seen on YouTube about collectors who dye Matchbox cars (really!) and it made me wonder... what if...


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 30 minutes

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    Step By Step

    1. See previously recorded video above. Even dyeing ALL the pots different colors, one batch at a time AND planting them, I was done in one afternoon. Each pot only takes about 15 minutes. Probably the most simple project I've done in awhile. If you're only doing 1 color, you'll be done in a jiffy.

    2. As I state in the video (above), I can't vouch for other ceramic pots but these Ikea ceramic planters (purchased April 2016) worked great.

    3. Add your Rit DyeMore to a stove pot of water. I tested out how much water I needed before I added the dye but placing each pot in the water and seeing how far up the side of the planter the ceramic planter reached. When I got the water lever the height I wanted, I took the pot out, added enough dye to achieve a rich color (you can dip a white paper napkin in your dye bath to test the color- add more dye if you want a darker color, more water if you want a lighter color). I let the whole dye bath come to just below a simmer. At this point, I gently lowered a planter into the dye bath using a pair of metal tongs (plastic tongs will get dyed). I lowered the planter all the way down to dye the sides and then used the tongs to raise the planter up so the top of the dyed portion of the planter was out of the dye bath. The levels of my planter that stayed in the dye the shortest period of time stayed lighter while the bottom of the planter dyed darker the longer I held it in (just a few minutes- keep your eye on the planter so it doesn't stay in too long- I was worried about excessive heat cracking or crazing the planter which didn't happen but do stay vigilant!).

    4. Here are the pots will all the dye colors I used. One color for each pot.

    5. And done. I was able to do these pots in just a few minutes each. The longest wait was waiting for the water to heat up for each individual dye bath.

    6. And planted.

    7. Here is my top window before the project.

    8. And after. It's pretty easy for friends (and pizza delivery people!) to find my house now- just look for the rainbow planters! Such an easy and colorful project. I love how it turned out!

    • http://www.ritdye.com The Ritsters

      So pretty! Perfect for spring planting.




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