Dip Dyed Wood Picture Frame

July 22 2019

Dyeing home décor items like these wood picture frames is an easy way to incorporate specific colors throughout your home.  This project is perfect for beginners and it creates such a high-end look!

  • Unfinished Wood Picture Frame
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Emerald or your favorite color
  • Large Plastic Container
  • Measuring Cup
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Paper Towels
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  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills. Gather supplies.
  2. Fill a plastic container with 3 gallons of the hottest water from the tap. Pour ½ cup of Rit All-Purpose Emerald Liquid Dye into the water. Stir well.
  3. Have a few pieces of scrap wood that you can test the color with. Dip it in for about 10-15 seconds, then pull it out. The color gets much more vibrant once it’s dry. Hit it with a blow dryer to get a better feeling of the color. Add more dye if it’s not dark enough, add more water if it’s too dark.
  4. After you’ve found your perfect color and dip time, start dipping the picture frame. We dipped the bottom half of picture frame into the dye, holding for about 1-2 minutes, gradually removing.
  5. The less amount of time you hold the wood in the dye, the lighter the color… and the longer you hold the wood in the water the darker the color. Meaning if you hold your piece in stages, you could make it look ombré.
  6. You can always dip, re-dip and double dip your pieces! Make sure you try out your double dip ideas on scrap pieces before you commit.
  7. Once the desired color is achieved, remove from the dyebath and set out to dry.
  8. Let your dip-dyed picture frames fully dry before you add photographs or artwork. Should take between 4-8 hours.
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