Sunday, March 1, 2009

what not to do when kool aid dyeing

I stumbled across this kool aid dyeing craft at The New Homemaker a while back and decided yesterday to give it a whirl.  The look on Paul's face when I asked him to pick up kool aid at the store yesterday was worth the entire failure of the project.  Yes, failure.  Apparently the power of the microwave is a factor worth considering in the time length of the microwaving, and can see the results below.

We sprinkled kool aid on the scarves
then mixed the kool aid into the silk.

We put the silk inside a plastic bag 
then microwaved for 2 minutes.
Note: that was too long

Let the bag rest for 1/2 hour or so.

The result:

Actually, the above silk was the worst one in the bunch.  Elizabeth's just had a ladybug-sized hole and the others were somewhere in between.  Philip was actually quite proud of his scarred silk.  He and Paulie have declared their silks to be battle flags, and they want to build a boat to fly it from.  I guess that's what you call turning lemons into lemonade.


  1. Oh no! But kudos to you for even attempting this. I am scared to bring any kind of kool-aid craft around my little ones. ;) Try try again!

  2. Darn it! I'm the queen of failed projects. You read about the bird feeders :) I've wanted to try dying some silks, too, but I suppose I'll try a different method. :)

  3. I love it...battle flags! Way to look on the bright side. ;)

  4. Oh no. Oh how terrible. Hmmmm, I guess we certainly learn from our mistakes huh?!

  5. Wow! I was actually thinking of using Kool-Aid to dye a doll wig but kept putting it off for some reason. I think I will go back to the idea of using food color. But kudos to your sons for seeing the bright side. ;-)


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