So as it turns out, fabric dye is not just for fabric! I love this project because unlike paint, dye leaves the wood feeling very natural and organic (you can still see the grain and it’s smooth to the touch). If you’re looking to add a pop of color to those plain wooden frames, here’s how:
Time: 10 minutes + dry time
Materials: unfinished frames, Rit liquid dye, sponge brush, sealer
It’s important that your frames be unfinished. If you already have treated frames, but want to give them a makeover, you’ll need to sand off any sealant. I used 4″ x 6″ and to be perfectly honest, it was a bit hard to find art for that size. I finally found these cute post cards that worked, but if you are getting the frames first, and art second, I recommend sizing up to a 5″ x 7″ frame.
Start by pouring dye into a dish and diluting with a splash of water (1/3 c dye for 1 tbs water). You really don’t need that much! Apply with a sponge brush just like you would if you were painting. Let dry and then add another coat if needed. Keep in mind, the more you dilute the dye, the lighter your color will be, and the more coats you might need. Because you aren’t using a primer, the colors will come out a touch different than if you were using paint. For example, the reddish color is actually pink fuchsia and the blue above is the teal.
Let the dye dry completely, seal, and add your favorite art!
Such fun results, don’t you think? I can’t wait to try this on more wooden surfaces! Have you ever used fabric dye on wood before?
And if you want to see this technique on hangers, you need to check out this beautiful project ASAP!