Are you ready to have your mind blown? Well, maybe not literally, I don't think our insurance would cover that :) You remember that Design Dye you know and love for all of your fabric "making cool" needs? Well guess what...........it works on wood too. That's right, wood!! So look out table tops, benches, garden signs, cabinets, furniture, picnic tables, serving trays, kids wagons, and all other trees gone corporate aka wood, we're coming for ya.
So today I want to share some tips on using Design Dye on wood. All of the same principals of Design Dye on fabric apply, colors can be mixed, the dyes become very nice saturated colors as you iron more and more, and it's fun and easy to do. This particular drink tray is made out of a small piece of cedar and you'll need the Design Dye Basic Fabric Kit and here's how it goes together:
1. So here we have a piece of cedar and for me personally, I prefer the wood that other people must think isn't so great, because I like a lot of knots and odd grain patterns. All woods are different, some are soft some are porous etc. so it's best to test small samples of the wood you'd like to use to find out how much Design Dye Prep to use and how long to iron. 2. I cut out my design from the back side of Design Dye. 3. Here I'm spraying the Design Dye Prep that comes in the Basic Fabric Kit consistently over the wood. I use a hair dryer to speed up the drying. Then do another coat of Design Dye Prep. Dry that again with the hair dryer. 4. Now the wood is dry, so here I'm lining up where I'd like to put my first word Pour.
5. I place the positive into the negative cutout to line up my different piece. Remove the negative, leaving the positive P in place. Throw over a sheet of the Protective Ironing Tissue, and for this wood I ironed for about 35 seconds. Now this piece of cedar had a bit of crown to it so be sure, since wood isn't perfectly flat, to get that iron in contact with every point, if consistency is the look your going for. 6. Ok the P looks good!! Notice how the Design Dye is still transparent, so you can see the grain underneath, so cool!! 7. Repeat the same process as the P for the OUR and there you go. Now you notice those little white marks? Those are actually pieces of the tissue paper sticking to the wood. Don't worry about those, we'll take care of those later, but if you're going to do a second color like I do, be sure not to Design Dye on top of one of those white pieces. Otherwise the Design Dye will transfer to the white piece rather than the wood :( 8. Getting ready for the second word in a different color.
9. Here we go, both words are complete and they look pretty good!! I have a little bit of color mixing if you can see, where R and the V touch, it's turning to a dark blue-purple. 10. Now to get those pieces of paper off I just wash it using cold water and a sponge. Don't worry about the Design Dye washing out because it won't. The Design Dye is embedded into the wood.
And there you go. I added a few drawer pulls to the sides to work as handles. Design Dye works great on wood, and there's nothing quite like it. You could paint the wood, which would be really hard to hold the lines this tight and it would sit on the top of the wood not allowing you to see the grain. You could stain the wood, but again holding an edge with wood stain? Design Dye is so much easier and it's just plain fun. Check out the Basic Kit here to pick up Design Dye for your next project.