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Rit Dye

By Rit Dye Team

November 13, 2017

Project Description

Impress your guests with a dye-stained sweets tray. To make the sweets tray more versatile for different occasions, consider dyeing each side a different color. Harvest for Thanksgiving and Kelly Green for Christmas.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 2 hours

Rit Products Used


You'll Also Need

  •   Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Round with bark edge (13 3/4" x 16 1/2" x 1 3/4" thick)

  •    Walnut Hollow Creative Wood Burner: Flow Point

  •    DecoArt Americana Alphabet Stencils

  •    3-cup container (plastic or glass)

  •    1 1/2" foam brushes

  •    Sand paper #220

  •    Tack cloth

  •    Fine steel wool

  •    Clear polyurethane

  •    Wood pencil and eraser

  •    Ruler

  •    Jar or dish for holding/drying wood round

  •    Optional: Jelly Jars to store dye

  •   latex gloves

  •   measuring cup

  •   large metal spoon

  •   paper towels

  •   plastic table cover

Step By Step

  1. Cover table with plastic. Gather supplies.

  2. Sand wood lightly, if necessary. Wipe clean with a tack cloth.

  3. Plan placement of message or words, such as ͞Sweets,͟ to be wood burned. Tip: It’s better to do wood burning before dye-staining wood so there’s no time waiting for wood to dry.

  4. Using a ruler and pencil, draw a straight line where you want words or message to be. Use stencils to trace off the letters or draw freehand.

  5. Wood Burning: Use the flow point with a rounded tip. It’s helpful for drawing curved lines and making dots on letters. Use the side of the tip for drawing straight lines. Heat up wood burning tool. It’s helpful to watch a Walnut Hollow YouTube video and then practice on a scrap of wood or back of the item. If you make a mistake, use sandpaper to remove error.

  6. Wood burn message or words on wood. Then erase pencil lines with an eraser.

  7. Dye Preparation:Shake dye bottle before pouring. Wearing latex gloves, mix together 2 cups very hot water with ¼ cup Kelly Green in a 3-cup dye container. Stir well.

  8. Test dye color on back side of wood round. If color is too light, add more dye; if it is too dark, add more water. Dye will appear lighter when dry.

  9. Brush dye on wood round using a foam brush. Avoid brushing dye on edge of bark. Unwanted dye drips can be removed by sanding wood immediately. Start on the back side and then turn wood over to the top side. Back side can be placed on a jar or dish to elevate it from the work surface when dye-staining and drying. Keep dye hot during the wood staining process for better dye absorption. Reheat dye in the microwave for one minute.Tip: Dyes can be stored in jelly jars, then heated and reused several times.

  10. Let wood round dry. If color is too light, reheat dye and apply a second coat. Let dry overnight.

  11. To seal dye-stained wood, apply a coat of clear polyurethane using a new foam brush. Let dry. If a second coat of polyurethane is needed, rub wood lightly with fine steel wool. Remove dust with a tack cloth before applying polyurethane. Let dry.

  12. To elevate the ͞Sweets͟ tray and create a more dramatic effect, place it on a 3͟ wood birch pillar.




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