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Rit Dye

By Rit Dye Team

November 16, 2017

Project Description

Warm up your home with these dip-dyed wood candle holders. Perfect for the holiday season or even as a DIY gift.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 2 hours

Rit Products Used


You'll Also Need

  •   Walnut Hollow 3” and 7” Birch Pillars

  •    Candles (taper style)

  •    High-speed portable power drill with a 7/8” drill bit

  •    Optional: Jelly Jars to store dye

  •   bucket

  •   latex gloves

  •   measuring cup

  •   large metal spoon

  •   paper towels

  •   plastic table cover

Step By Step

  1. Cover table with plastic. Gather supplies.

  2. Dye Preparation:Shake dye bottles before pouring. Wearing latex gloves, mix together 2 cups very hot water with ½ cup Rit liquid dye for each color. Stir well.

  3. Test dye color by dipping a spare pillar or a scrap piece of wood into the dyebath.If color is too light, add more dye; if it is too dark, add more water. Dye will appear lighter when dry.

  4. When satisfied with the color, dip wood pillar into dyebath as deep as desired. Pillar can be dipped up and down at different levels to create an ombre effect. For an uneven effect, tilt the pillar at an angle when dipping. Keep dye hot during the dip-dyeing process for better dye absorption. Repeat for each color. If dye cools down, reheat in the microwave for one minute.Tip: Dyes can be stored in jelly jars, then heated and reused several times.

  5. Place pillars on paper towels to dry overnight. After drying, if color is too light, reheat dye and re-dip pillar. Let dry.

  6. To make holes for candlesticks, use a high-speed portable power drill with a 7/8” drill bit. Find center of pillar and drill a hole about ¾” deep. Tip: If you don’t own a power drill, ask your local woodworking shop to drill the holes.




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