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How to Dye Sola Wood Flowers - Dip Dye Method!

July 30, 2018 51 Comments

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.  Let's start with the most common way to dye the flowers, the dip-dye method.  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) 

My favorite way to mix the paint into the water is to use a trusty fork and start whisking. *Note* - Be sure to get the paint that settles to the bottom of the bowl for best paint saturation.

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) You can also wear gloves. Just saying.

flower dyed with acrylic paint

If the paint saturation seems a bit too light, add more paint to your mixture, whisk in the new paint and dunk your flower into the mixture again. If the paint seems to be very thick on the flower, you want to add more water to your bowl to thin the mixture out. *Recommendation* - mix the paint/water mixture after dyeing every 3-5 flowers. Sometimes the paint will settle to the bottom of the bowl.

Let sola wood flower dry for 24 hours

I like using cardboard egg cartons to place my flowers in while they dry but you can also set up parchment paper on a tray. Most flowers will take around 24 hours to dry. Set them aside in a place with good air flow and wait until the flowers 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! 

 

 -XO Stefanie

 

For more dyeing tutorials check out these:

Making our current favorite spring assortment 

Hand painting sola wood flowers 

How to dye sola flowers to look like succulents 

 

Video Tutorials:

Video tutorial of this above technique 

Dyeing with watercolor paint

Hand painting sola flowers 

Advance techniques of dyeing sola flowers 

Airbrush tutorial 

How to create succulents 

 





51 Responses

Annmarie
Annmarie

June 15, 2020

My flowers turned out hard. Do you ever use a softener like vegetable glycerin ?

Samantha
Samantha

December 14, 2018

O how great. I would love to do this!! I think that all of your products are so beautiful. I would love to try and arrange these! Normal flowers fall apart if you can do this right you can keep them forever.

Laura Spurlock
Laura Spurlock

November 13, 2018

Great how to. Love your videos too.

BRENDA I GONZALEZ
BRENDA I GONZALEZ

November 13, 2018

Very informative tutorial!

Courtney
Courtney

November 13, 2018

I love your lives!!!!! You are such an inspiration ❤️

Jacqueline McMillan
Jacqueline McMillan

November 13, 2018

Hydrangeas!

Rebecca Her
Rebecca Her

November 13, 2018

How long does shipping usually take?

Tamara Trevino
Tamara Trevino

November 10, 2018

Very nice info!

Karen
Karen

November 10, 2018

I had no idea this is how you dye these! So cool!!

Paige
Paige

November 10, 2018

Awesome videos! Such beautiful flowers.

Della Palmer
Della Palmer

November 10, 2018

love the videos & helpful tips

Lorissa
Lorissa

November 10, 2018

Thanks for the awesome tutorial

Alexis Delaughter
Alexis Delaughter

November 10, 2018

These are some great tips! Thanks so much!

Sonya Morris
Sonya Morris

November 10, 2018

Great tips! I have never thought about using an egg carton but will have to try it out!

Jinny
Jinny

November 10, 2018

You make it look so simple! When I’m
Dying flowers it’s like a a bomb exploded I get it everywhere! I’m gonna have to try the egg carton idea. Thank you!

Janice
Janice

November 10, 2018

Thank you

Nicole
Nicole

November 10, 2018

Great tutorial! Thank you!

Christine Shipp
Christine Shipp

November 10, 2018

I love Stefanie and Maggies enthusiasm about sola wood flowers and their willingness to help.
Like this tutorial!!
Their flowers are gorgeous and they ship really quick!

Valerie M.
Valerie M.

November 06, 2018

I’ll have to try drying them on an egg carton. I’m always so impatient waiting for my flowers to dry!

Tiffany Young
Tiffany Young

November 06, 2018

I can’t wait to try this on mine. I keep going into my craft room looking at them! Now I can do it the right way thank you!

Sue smith
Sue smith

November 05, 2018

Love your lives so much. And you have the nicest flowers inorder. Thank you.

Sue smith
Sue smith

November 07, 2018

Love your lives so much. And you have the nicest flowers inorder. Thank you.

Vanessa
Vanessa

November 05, 2018

This is awesome, can’t wait to do this, watch out box of flowers here I come!

Anicia Cardo
Anicia Cardo

November 02, 2018

These are beautiful!! 😍

Christa
Christa

November 02, 2018

I like to water down the dye a little at a time to get variations of the same color & you can create a nice ombre look too!

Nikole
Nikole

November 02, 2018

I love the step by step pictures! When I want a more bold or brighter color, I do use warmer water.

Nicole
Nicole

November 02, 2018

I love the flowers and that you can make them any color you want to.

Stefanie
Stefanie

November 01, 2018

What great and beautiful content! So pretty!

Jordyn vance
Jordyn vance

November 01, 2018

This is how I learned to dye my flowers and it worked out perfect!

Marie Wright
Marie Wright

November 01, 2018

I love using hot water & paint to dye & fluff at the same time. Love the coverage it gives. :)

Sue smith
Sue smith

November 01, 2018

Love this color thanks for the how to.

Elizabeth Cebula
Elizabeth Cebula

November 01, 2018

Y’all make it look so easy. So beautiful

Kimberly Crowell
Kimberly Crowell

November 01, 2018

Always have trouble dying the flowers lol

Melissa
Melissa

November 01, 2018

I never thought of using an egg crate during drying! Brilliant!

Gillian Basinger
Gillian Basinger

October 31, 2018

helpful tips!

Misty R Olson
Misty R Olson

October 31, 2018

I love coloring the flowers

Jamie L Grimes
Jamie L Grimes

October 31, 2018

thanks for the tip.

Nicole lawson
Nicole lawson

October 31, 2018

You ladies are amazing i love following you and seeing beautiful things and learning you inspire me so much

Mimi Spears Garguilo
Mimi Spears Garguilo

October 31, 2018

Love Stefani and Maggie, the crafting dreams are endless with these wonderful women.

Dsoko
Dsoko

October 31, 2018

Haven’t tried dying flowers, I’m in love with the raw. Maybe one day I will venture into the unknown. Lol

Alexandra Cipriani
Alexandra Cipriani

October 31, 2018

Cannot wait to dye my poinsettias!!

Phyllis Price
Phyllis Price

October 31, 2018

I love how easy it is to dye these flowers. I just need a bigger room to do it in.

Chrystal Navarro Harrington
Chrystal Navarro Harrington

October 31, 2018

Dying these flowers is so relaxing to me thanks for the extra tips.

Maggie C
Maggie C

October 31, 2018

This is great! One thing I like to do when dyeing flowers is to use a bamboo stem to skewer the flowers before dipping. Then I take them off the bamboo to let them dry on parchment paper. It helps to contain the mess from my hands a little and then there already is a hole in the base for when I am ready to stem them! I also rotate the flowers every few hours to make sure they won’t stick to the paper.

Happy dyeing all!

Jessica W
Jessica W

October 31, 2018

Dying flowers is so relaxing, almost like meditating.

Ashley hudgins
Ashley hudgins

October 31, 2018

Very helpful tutorial!

Erin
Erin

October 31, 2018

Another great way to dye flowers is using RIT dye! It allows the natural lines in the wood/flower to show through!

Mandy Hollinshead
Mandy Hollinshead

October 31, 2018

I love dyeing my flowers it’s so much fun and so relaxing. Wonderful Info

Brittany Dove
Brittany Dove

October 31, 2018

I need to start saving egg cartons, that looks like a great way to help the flowers keep their shape while drying! Thank you for these tips.

Shannon
Shannon

September 05, 2018

Incredibly helpful! I am new to sola and was worried about how to dye. Glad I found this!

Cassie Dickerson
Cassie Dickerson

September 05, 2018

Thank you for posting this! I am currently dyeing mine and was have a hard time to get the right texture!

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