Dip Dyed Wood Ornaments

December 13 2021

Add some color to your tree this year with these dip dyed wood ornaments. Because our dyes are water-based, it allows the natural wood grain to shine through, adding depth and texture you’d lose with painting.

Supplies
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye (We Used Fuchsia and Aquamarine)
  • Wood Slices
  • Twine
  • Mason Jar
  • Foam Brush
  • Gloves
  • Adhesive
  • Plastic Table Cover
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Instructions
  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills. Gather supplies.
  2.  Wear rubber gloves to protect hands and pour 4 cups of hot water into a container. Add 2 ounces of dye to container. Stir.
  3. Test dye color by dipping a paper towel or spare slice 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.
  4. Dip slice directly into the dyebath. It will dye within a few seconds. The longer the slice stays in the dye, the darker it will be.
  5. Try experimenting with dyeing different parts of the ornament for different looks. You could dye just the bottom half, just the top or even tilt it to get a diagonal color line for variation. To achieve an ombré effect, use foam brush to apply dye to specific sections of the ornament.
  6. Repeat with wooden embellishments to create desired look.
  7. Remove the ornament and embellishments from the dye and lay them flat on clean, dry paper towels until completely dry.
  8. When dry, adhere wood embellishments or other designs onto wooden slice as desired.
  9. Tie twine to top of ornament for hanging.
  10. Add to tree!
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