Dip Dyed Feather and Wood Bead Necklace

July 14 2018

We love creating fun dye projects to do with kids and these feather necklaces are a new favorite! They are so easy to create and kids are able to customize them with their favorite colors. Use beads of varying sizes, feathers and colors to create a one of a kind look!

  • Wood Beads, 1 ½” Diameter, Unfinished
  • White Craft Feathers
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Petal Pink, Golden Yellow, Denim Blue or your favorite color(s)
  • Craft Adhesive
  • Twine or Leather Cord
  • Small Plastic Container
  • Measuring Cups
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Paper Towels
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  1. Cover table with plastic and gather your supplies.
  2. Fill small container with 4 cups of very hot water (140F). Wearing gloves, pour 4 teaspoons of well-shaken dye into dyebath; stir well.
  3. Test dye color on one wooden bead. If color is too light, add more dye; if it’s too dark; add more water. The longer the wood beads soak, the more saturated they will become.
  4. Immerse wood beads into dyebath. Lightly stir beads to get even coverage. Soak beads for about 5 minutes or until desired color is achieved and let dry on paper towels. 
  5. Repeat to create as many colors as desired.
  6. Use same dyebath to dip dye feathers half way.
  7. Remove and place on paper towel to dry.
  8. Measure and cut twine or leather cord as desired for necklace.
  9. Cut 1” piece of twine or leather cord, fold in half and place through one dyed wood bead so it creates a loop at the top of the wood bead hole. Secure with adhesive.
  10. Adhere stem of dip dyed feather into the bottom of the same wood bead hole from Step 10.
  11. String the feather wood charm onto the necklace length from Step 9 and add dyed wood beads as desired.
  12. Knot two ends of necklace together and wear!
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