Dyeing with Kool Aid
Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Materials: For the Makers Soft Focus Collection Kit
It’s a rare treat to come across a diy project that actually smells delicious; we deserve a break from all the glue and paint fumes once in awhile, right?! If you’re looking to add some beautiful pastel colors into your spring projects without compromising your sense of smell, then the Soft Focus Collection by For the Makers is just what you need. Added bonus: you can win $50 to buy one of your own (keep reading for how to enter)!
The full collection comes with four individual projects. Be sure to have all the materials in your kit prepped so you can do all of the dyeing at once.
When I was a kid, I never thought that the Kool Aid that gave me blue lips would one day make it’s way into my craft toolbox as an adult, but I’m glad it did. Kool-Aid works great when dyeing natural materials like silk, cotton, and wool. You don’t want to add sugar to your dye solution, just a few teaspoons of Kool Aid powder and a cup of water. For a complete color guide and mixing tips, click here.
First up, the air plant holder! Mix your Kool Aid + water together and allow cup to sit in the liquid for about 1-2 minutes. You can hold the cup in place, or, if you choose to live on the edge, let the cup float and have the color hit where it may.
The base will fill up with liquid (dyeing the inside), so be careful when tipping out the dye to not get any on the outside. If you leave the cup in the liquid for too long it will crack; just keep an eye on it and remove once you’ve achieved the color you want.
Kool Aid also works as a type of watercolor. To personalize your stationery, simply dip a paint brush into your Kool Aid dye and paint as though you were working with watercolors. It’s fun to layer colors and experiment with patterns, like the splattered dots I did below.
You can see the full tutorials for the other materials that come with the kit here.
Now for the extra fun part! One of you will win $50 to the For the Makers shop, which is one of my personal favorite shops online. There you’ll find kits, rhinestones, beads, tools, and more. Prepare to want everything! Enter below to win. Best of luck!