April 10, 2014


Dyeing with Kool-Aid

This month for the Soft Focus Collection we wanted to put a spin on something we've barely thought about since we were in grade school, Kool-Aid. It's kinda a dream come true for the ladies in this office who love to dye anything in sight. Not only does it not use harsh chemicals to dye but it also smells like childhood. We've created this simple go-to dye chart for all things Soft Focus. Follow along for the three projects that use this magical powder; Whitney Bracelets, Heather Stationery, and Beau Hanging Planter. Make sure to get everything ready for all three projects at once. Kool-aid if not refrigerated doesn't last long, so don't stretch the dying projects out over several days! 

The facts and limitations of dyeing with Kool-Aid:

- It works best dyeing natural materials: silk, cotton, wool, paper, eggs, even hair - but don't expect it to last if dyeing polyester or synthetic fabrics.

- It will stain your hands (temporarily of course), so if you're prone to mess wear rubber gloves.

- Always use the unsweetened packets when dyeing and don't add sugar.

- Use metal and glass containers/spoons for prepping, it will stain your wooden kitchenware.

Now. Let's get started!

We are mixing up pastel colors this month but feel free to wing it and branch out with some custom colors of your own. Start out by dumping each packet on it's own into a glass cup. Make sure it's totally clean and dry. From here you'll start mixing the dry colors together in a separate cup. We did a lot of color testing and chose three gorgeous colors to mix up for this month's projects. See below for measurements on the three colors we used: Pink Pastel, Seafoam Green, and Lavender.

For each "part" measurement below we used a 1/2 teaspoon. So, 1 part = 1/2 teaspoon;  1/2 part = 1/4 teaspoon;  and so on... If you'd like to make larger or smaller batches use this scale to increase or decrease your measurements. 

Pastel Pink: 1 part cherry, 1 part lemonade, 1 cup of water

Seafoam Green: 1 part mixed berry, 3 parts lemonade, 1 cup of water

Lavender: 1 part mixed berry, 1/2 part cherry, 1 cup of water

Note on Lemonade: if you're using this color you'll need to leave the materials in longer than other colors. For a bright yellow use only lemonade mix with a small amount of water; we used over 3 parts lemonade to 1 cup of water and left the silk material in for about 5 minutes. It's best used with the Whitney Bracelet project but does not fair well with the Heather Stationery or the Beau Hanging Planter.