As a product of fashun skool, I’ve dyed a few things in my day-- to both Erick’s and my roommates chagrin. When I think back to that time, I’m flooded with memories of cauldrons of dye sputtering onto our dorm-style burners, blotchy stains left in the crevices of our floor tiles, and mourning the loss of a pair of poppy-red shorts after too much salt and bleach ate holes in the back pockets. In short, it was a messy, messy affair that caused too much eye-rolling from my patient roommates to merit a newly chartreuse –dyed top.
That said, after seeing a tutorial for fabric dyed with Koolaid, Erick and I were both hesitant and extremely curious as to whether or not this trick would work. To our elation, it worked! And not only that, but it saved us the cleanup and hassle of using regular dye. Oh, and it comes in pretty colors—win win!
Things You’ll Need
·Approx. 1 ½ feet of cotton rope (we recommend measuring it on yourself first to reach desired length.) Side note on this: we accidentally bought synethic rope instead of cotton which took the dye OK but after further experiments, cotton would have been much better!
· 1 Koolaid packet of your choosing
· Small piece of copper pipe from the hardware store
· Heavy duty glue—we like Fabri-tac but you could probably even use a hot glue gun
1.) Make your Koolaid according to the directions.
2.) Submerge your rope in your Koolaid and let sit for about an hour. Let air dry.
3.) Holding both cut ends of your rope upright, slip your copper pipe piece through and let it fall to the bottom of the u-shape your rope now makes.
4.) Taking the cut ends of your rope, apply the heavy duty glue to each end and press firmly together until they hold. Reapply glue as needed. Let dry.
5.) Once the bond between your two ends are strong and dry, move the copper pipe piece overtop the bonded ends to hide this part. Glue the bonded ends to the inside of the copper pipe piece and hold together firmly until bonded. Reapply as need and let dry.
Let the whole thing dry an hour or two and you’re all set to wear!
Have you ever tried to dye with Koolaid before??
Emily + Erick