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How to dye sola wood flowers

July 30, 2018

Sola Flower Tutorial 

how to dye sola flowers diy tutorial

 

When you first start playing with sola wood flowers sometimes the most intimidating part of this fun new medium is just how to dye the wood flowers.  I am here to relieve your fears and let you know it is the easiest and maybe the most fulfilling part of working with sola wood flowers.  You will need just a few supplies:

how to color sola wood flowers

 

  • Sola wood flowers
  • craft acrylic paint in your chosen color
  • warm tap water (preferably in a bowl or plastic container that can get stained with paint) 
  • a fork (note this will be used to mix paint so it probably won't go back into the rotation in the silverware drawer!) 

sola wood flower diy tutorial

While I haven't noticed a big difference in water temperature I myself prefer either room temp or slightly warm tap water when I dye my sola flowers.  

 

dyeing sola wood flowers

You can use all sorts of different paints and inks to dye sola wood flowers.  The easiest and the one with the most color selection is craft acrylic paint that you can find from your favorite local craft store.  

stirring sola wood flower dye

You want about a 2-1 ratio of water to paint.  I dont normally measure however I just squeeze in a bit of paint and dye a flower to see if I need to adjust my ratio (more on that in a second) 

To mix the paint in the water a really easy way is to use a trusty fork and whisk and mix the water and paint to make sure no paint settles on the bottom of your bowl. 

dyeing sola flowers

Once the paint is fully mixed in the water grab your sola flower and drop it in! 

diy sola wood tutorial

You can use your fork to fish the flower out and flip it in the paint/water mixture but I like to use my hands (will your hands get a bit dirty sure but its super easy to clean up with just a bit of water and soap)

flower dyed with acrylic paint

If the paint saturation seems a bit too light, add more paint mix and dunk your flower in the mixture again.  If the paint seems to be very thick on the flower you will want to add more water to your bowl to thin out the paint a bit. 

Let sola wood flower dry for 24 hours

Set your flowers to air dry for about 24 hours for most flowers.  I like using cardboard egg cartons to dry my flowers but you can also set up parchment paper on a try and set them aside until they are dry to the touch.  Once they are dried you are ready to work on whatever sola floral arrangement or fun diy project your heart desires!  

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments and until next time, happy crafting! 

 

-XO Stefanie 





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