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Kool-Aid Dip Dye Tassel Wall Hanging

Can I just say that I fully expected this project to fail miserably, resulting in a terrible combination of tears and Kool-Aid stains? Thankfully Miraculously, my first attempt at dyeing yarn with Kool-Aid is now one of my favorite craft projects to date! Hooray for weekend project SUCCESS!
I have been itching to bring this idea to life for months now. Ever since I saw this amazing dip-dyed, macrame wall hanging, I knew I wanted to give my own “yarn-y” version a try. 😉 Also, I thought dyeing tassels instead of a whole skein of yarn would be a good place to start. I couldn’t be happier with the results! The dyeing process was surprisingly easy.
You will need:
– Cardboard
– 100% wool yarn, I used “I Love This Wool” in Ivory
Kool-Aid packets, 0.14 oz. I couldn’t decide on just one color! Haha. I wanted to try them all. Maybe I will make another version in just one color. For now, I really like this colorful version! So fun for summer.
– Water
– At least three microwave safe bowls. I used Pyrex measuring cups.
– Dish soap
12 inch wooden dowel 
How to make a tassel: Find a piece of cardboard, I used an 8 inch piece. 1. Wrap the wool around the cardboard. Start and finish wrapping the yarn on the same end of the cardboard. 2. Cut the yarn at the end where you started and finish wrapping. 3. Lay the yarn out flat and place a string in the middle. 4. Fold one end of the yarn over the string. Tie the string in a double knot at the top of the tassel. Leave a long end so you can attach it to your finished garland or dowel. 5. Cut a new length of yarn and wrap it several times around the top of the tassel. Tie a double knot. 6. Weave the extra ends through the top of the tassel and snip the excess.
Now it is time to dye it!
First, put one squirt of dish soap in one cup of water. Warm in the microwave for 20 seconds. Next, place the tassel in the water and allow it to soak for a few minutes. Dip the tassel in the water where you want color to show. While the tassel is soaking, mix one cup of water and one packet of Kool-Aid in a microwave safe bowl. Warm the Kool-Aid for one minute.
While the Kool-Aid is heating, remove your tassel from the water and squeeze it dry. Use a paper towel if necessary. Next, place the very bottom of the tassel in the Kool-Aid and count to 10. When you get to ten, dip more of the tassel in the Kool-Aid. Continue this process until you get the desired ombré/dip-dye look. I held the bottom of the tassels in the dye for a little longer to make the ends darker.
Finally, warm two cups of water in your largest microwave safe bowl for 25 seconds. Remove the tassel from the Kool-Aid and rinse thoroughly in the warm water. Squeeze out the excess water over the sink. Hang your tassel to dry. Allow to dry completely overnight.
When the tassels are dry, trim the ends with scissors, attach to a string or dowel, and hang it up on the wall!

This project was seriously FUN! Haha. Maybe my definition of “fun” is a little skewed…but I’m sure most of you will agree. Now I want to dip dye everything in sight. This wall hanging is so cheerful too! I can’t decide where to hang it. I am embarrassed to say that I keep moving it around just so I can look at it and smile. :)

Have you dyed yarn with Kool-Aid? How did it work for you?

 

  1. Corin says:

    I love this; it’s so bright and happy! I’ve been a little wary of dying with Kool-Aid (I once tried dying my hair with it back in middle school and the result was … interesting), but this is inspiring me to give it a shot.

  2. I actually just dyed my first skeins of yarn with Kool-Aid this week, so it is great to see this post. I just might have to try this next. The effect you achieved with your dip-dye is beautiful.

  3. stacie says:

    They look fabulous! Such pretty colours. I would really like to get into dyeing yarn, this looks like such an easy way to get started.

  4. I remember the first time I tried Kool-Aid dying, I was also terrified it wouldn’t come out! We just did Kool-Aid dying with the kids I’m teaching at summer camp yesterday and today they got to make little projects with the skeins :)

  5. Shara says:

    I love your tassels. I just dyed my first yarn using food dye and like you I was amazed and impressed at the results. My 4 year old helped me which spelled disaster but we ended up with fantastic wool and no mess. So much fun and I used up a whole lot of beige wool I didn’t know what to do with. Now I have a rainbow beanie, a bluey green baby beanie and a classy cowl for me that looks like fancy expensive handpainted yarn. We tried dying in a slow cooker and just flat on a table followed by setting in the microwave, both were a success.

  6. Thans for this great idea, I will try to paint the tassel for my next scarf. http://www.learnhowtoknitascarf.com

  7. Never tried it, but will have a go! A great idea to brighten up a room!

  8. Becca says:

    These are darling! I love the idea of using them for a wall hanging. I bet they’d also be cute as a garland or one on top of a knit hat!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

  9. Chelsey says:

    This sounds like a fun project!

  10. Rachel says:

    I can’t believe how great the colours turned out! So bright! What a lovely idea! xx

  11. Pigtails says:

    Kool Aid is Cool! I love your results, a reminder also that we did this to our hair many years ago lol. Of course it worked better on the blondes . . .

  12. creacarmen says:

    Cool! But isn’t it a better idea to put the tassel into the KoolAid, then gradually pull it out? I think you’ll have a better ombre-effect then :)

  13. I’m thinking how cute these would be on a package instead of one of those bows you buy at Christmas time. Your red, yellow and green make for a nice change from the traditional reds and greens. Ooo, big pom poms, maybe!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Best,
    Sheila
    http://sheilazachariae.blogspot.com/2013/06/dream-in-color-shawl.html

  14. Isla says:

    Your tassels are awesome!
    I’m totally obsessed with kool aid dyeing! It’s so much fun!

    Here are my results: http://islaeverywhere.blogspot.fi/search/label/kool%20aid

  15. I LOVE this idea. What a great project to do with kids as well. I am definitely pinning the project for the future.
    Great idea!

  16. Maddy says:

    This is such a great tutorial! Will definitely have to try. I wonder if you could do the same thing with strips of cotton fabric instead of wool yarn? To make bigger tassels. Hm…

  17. Emma Wright says:

    Lovely Meredith :) x

  18. I’ve been looking for “funky” crafts for 13-16 year old girls at church to make for some elderly in the community. This fits the bill! Thank you for sharing!

  19. Haafner says:

    Great idea – very nice result!

  20. It looks really good. !
    By the way, you have nice blog. I’ve found many inspirations here. Thank you :3

    Greetings from Poland!

  21. leah says:

    This is so fun! Thanks for sharing! ^_^

  22. love the variety of colors— so bright and cheery :)

  23. Mana says:

    I think this would be amazing to try with an already knit white scarf and then you could ombre the ends of it. I really want to do this now, plus I think the tassels would be a really good art project for my child.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

  24. Allie says:

    That’s so pretty! Trendy but still elegant. Thanks for sharing! xx

    Allie @ callmesassafras.wordpress.com

  25. Erica says:

    This is a fantastic idea! I love it when projects (unexpectedly) turn out on the first go. I love how bold the dyed colors are. It’s giving me some crafty ideas…. :)

  26. Laura says:

    These tassels are really cute :) My head is spinning with possibilities for koolaid dyed yarn now… thanks for the inspiration, and the beautiful pictures!

  27. Monika says:

    These tassels are cute! Love the idea! I have to try it!

  28. Michaela says:

    Wow, amazing project. The colours look great. :-)

  29. What an awesome diy project! I love it!!

  30. Eeey! I love these! <3
    Great idea!

  31. Bex Beltran says:

    I thought since I gave up sugary colorful drinks I’d never have a use for kool aid again.. you’ve got me thinking now! I love the colors- thanks for sharing!

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  34. Amber says:

    I just wanted to give a shout out that this amazing (and detailed!) tutorial is feature on Tile Lifestyle’s DIY Trend: Fringe article! (http://bit.ly/1i0BCVi) I absolutely love your tutorials! So easy to follow!

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  36. Hi Meredith! I love your ombre tassel tutorial- it’s the perfect combination of two trends! I recently published a blog post about yarn tassels and included a link to your gorgeous project. Go check it out! http://stitchandunwind.com/how-to-make-a-tassel/

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