Are you so excited for the holidays?? I love decorating this time of the year. I have wanted to make a project with pom poms for awhile. And when RIT Dye sent me a big, huge box of every dye color imaginable, I thought it might be time to make something festive for the holidays with dye!!
Did you know that you can dye more than fabric with RIT dye?? It’s true, I went to their website and blog and found all kinds of information and project ideas. So I decided to try to dye — wood!!
Here’s what I did:
I dyed a routed wood board. At first I thought it was a total craft fail. You see, when you brush the dye on the wood, all of the brush strokes show up in different darknesses. And I thought it would stay that way. I was so disappointed!! But when it dried, it dried evenly. HALLELUJAH!!
TIP — When dying wood, heat up the water you mix with the dye to boiling before you mix the dye in. This will help the wood take the dye better.
I started off with a blue board but decided I didn’t like that, so I mixed up some more dye and died a second board red. And love it!! Once the board dried, I sanded it and then applied stain with a damp cloth to the edges, followed by a light coat of polyurethane. Then I drilled holes through the top edges of the board.
Then I moved on to the pom poms. I bought some plain white poms poms. And I dyed those the same red color as the board. They looked great until I rinsed them out and all of the color rinsed out too. I discovered that you really need to pay attention to the fiber content. Anything polyester is not going to hold the dye. You need as high of cotton fiber content as you can find. So I went with small cotton balls. I dyed those and it worked out great.
Then I moved on to the wreath. I bought a half wreath from Michaels — it’s rounded on one side and flat on the other. Perfect to glue onto a board. I wrapped the wreath in ribbon. Then I glued on a row of the dyed red cotton balls, interspersed with red cotton balls I bought from Michaels. I glued the rows first all the way around the wreath, and then I filled inbetween with the white pom poms.
I next thing I did was designed a HOHOHO font on my Silhouette. I used Copperplate for the Ho’s on the sides, and then Cast Iron for the HO in the middle. I printed it off and the applied it after I had hot glued the wreath on the board.
The last thing I did was hot glue a ribbon bow to the side of the wreath and loop some ribbon through the drilled holes at the top and attached them to the iron finial at the top of the wreath to hang on the door.
I think it’s a fun, Festive pom pom wreath for the holidays!!
I love seeing it hanging on my door! And I also love that I DYED the wood – who would have ever thought you could do that?? Just think of the possibilities!!
And, stay tuned — RIT dye is going to be giving away their ENTIRE COLOR LINE to someone!! That is like a gazillioncolors!! Just think of the projects you can make this all of those colors!!
And, be sure to check out their RIT Formula Guide. It allows you to create custom colors without having to guess the ratios of dye.
Have a CREATIVE Day!!!
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