Thursday, February 6, 2014

DIY: How to dye a play silk with Kool Aid


What do you do with play silks? the options are endless! You can build a fort, use them as capes, blankets, dresses.. For the small ones, play peekaboo! I put the small silks in an empty wipes box for my 1 year old to pull out. He loves it!

How to dye a play silk with Kool Aid

This is a very simple process. First, get your silks! I got mine from dharmatrading.com, who are probably the most affordable site for silks. The large Fire-y one in the picture is a Habotai scarf 8mm 35"x35" that costs $5.29, and the small ones are Habotai handkerchief 8mm 11"x11" - these come in a pack of 12 and cost $10.69! 

Next, get your kool aid packets. For color charts go here.

1. In a small pan, heat water with a nice splash of vinegar. The vinegar is going to be the fixative, thats whats going to make the color stay on the silk.
2. Soak the silk in this pan, and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
3. In another pan, heat water with a splash of vinegar and your color of choice kool aid mix. let boil, then lower to simmer. 
4. Transfer the wet silk into the kool aid, and swirl around. You can use chopsticks, or tongs.
5. after a few minutes you will notice the water turning clear as the silk is soaking all the color. 
6. Once you reached your desired color, remove from pan.
7. Wash under cold water, until there is no more color coming out of the silk.
8. Hang to dry.
9. Once dry, you can iron the silk (low setting) to set the color in. But this is not a must.
10. Play!

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