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Dyed Wood Burned Ornaments

Rit Dye

By Rit Dye Team

November 13, 2017

Project Description

Have fun dyeing ornaments at home for your tree this holiday season. We used a variety of Rit Dye colors to dye these Walnut Hollow round wood ornament slices.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 1 hour

Rit Products Used


You'll Also Need

  •   Walnut Hollow round wood ornament slices

  •    Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye in your favorite color(s)

  •    Walnut Hollow Creative Wood Burner: Flow Point

  •    Pencil

  •    Twine

  •    Snowflakes or other embellishments

  •    16oz glass jar

  •   latex gloves

  •   paper towels

  •   plastic table cover

Step By Step

  1. Cover table with plastic. Gather supplies.

  2. Plan ornament lettering or design. Tip: It’s better to do wood burning before dye-staining wood so there’s no time waiting for wood to dry.

  3. Use a pencil to draw a simple snowflake or other design onto the ornament surface.

  4. 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.

  5. Wood burn letters or designs on ornaments. Then erase any remaining pencil lines with an eraser.

  6. Dye preparation: Fill glass jar with about 12 ounces of very hot water. Shake dye bottle before pouring. Wearing latex gloves, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of your favorite Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye. Stir well.

  7. Test dye color by dipping a paper towel or spare tree directly into the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye; if color is too dark, add more water. Dye will appear lighter when dry.

  8. Dip wood ornament slice directly into the dyebath. It will dye within a few seconds. The longer the ornament stays in the dye, the darker it will be.

  9. Experiment with dyeing different parts of the ornament for different looks: Dye just the bottom half, just the top or even tilt it to get a diagonal color line for variation. To achieve ombre effect, dip the whole ornament in quickly and then pull it out slowly allowing the bottom portions to spend a few more seconds in the dyebath.

  10. Remove the ornament from the dye and lay them flat on clean, dry paper towels until completely dry.

  11. When dry, adhere snowflake embellishments or other designs as desired.

  12. Tie twine to top of ornament for hanging.




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