Dyeing a Rainbow of Play Scarves

September 7th, 2011 by zoe 5 Comments

Whenever the kids ask me what my favorite color is I say RAINBOW. One of my boys loves hot pink best of all, this makes me happy beyond all belief. I wonder when he will be hustled into believing colors belong to different genders? A few weeks ago he approached an older woman at the lake – “Excuse me, I really like your dress because, you know, hot pink is my favorite color!” Big smile.

I imagine before long hot pink will not be a favorite, but for now, I happily ride this wave of color neutrality.  Children always seem to make color allegiances with other kids, they bond through color, it’s one of those cute ways in which kids make friends …..” Hey I like your green bike dude, did you know, green is my favorite color?”

I am pretty happy to have brought some new rainbows into our lives lately. A good friend and I managed to have a day of nature hikes, and rainbow creativity with a whole passel of kids — we were quite proud of ourselves and the awesome results.

We ordered blank silk scarves through Dharma Trading Co. and looked all over for tutorials on how to Kool-aide dye them. Some the sites we found helpful can be found

here and here .

But mostly after looking around we realized you couldn’t really go wrong!

We dumped our scarves in hot, hot water and threw in a few cups of vinegar. We took medium-sized bowls with a bit of hot water and added three to four packets of Kool-Aide to each one and let it dissolve. Next we dropped a scarf into the dye and stirred a bit watching it quickly soak up the dye. So quick and easy and fun!

The Saffron Yellow and Sky Blue were done using a dozen drops of  McCormick Food Coloring. The colors came out less marbled and a bit more vibrant. I am loving that!

After our scarves were washed in cold water and dried we used them to put on a weather performance. There was thunder, lightning, sunshine, floods and in the end a beautiful rainbow!

Kool-aide flavors from left to right -

Cherry, Orange, Yellow (food dye), Pink Lemonade, Grape and Blue (food dye).

After so much rain these last few weeks I am ready for the rainbow!





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5 Responses

  1. Diane says:

    Love the scarves! Wondering what size you purchased? Thanks!

  2. Hi Zoe! I am so glad to have found your blog and etsy shop. Last fall at the Ashfield fair I bought a hat and doll for my son that you made and we love them to pieces. although the hat he has now outgrown, but boy oh boy was it well loved!
    When folks asked who made them I never knew who to say because I never took a card or info from you. Anyhow, long story short – we love your crafts and hope to see you again at the fall festival.

    • zoe says:

      Oh my gosh, that is so great that you found me here.
      I sure hope you stop by and visit me at the Fall Festival this year!
      I am thinking it was the little rabbit hat, I forgot about those -I should make some more of those. If only there were a 100 hours in a day and I didnt need sleep.

  3. Leia says:

    Thanks! Just ordered from Dharma. So glad I came across your site in my search for play scarves.

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