How to Dye Sola Wood Flowers - Dip Dye Method!
Sola Flower 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:
- 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!)
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.
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.
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.
Once the paint is fully mixed in the water grab your sola flower and drop it in!
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.
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.
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!
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 tutorial of this above technique
Dyeing with watercolor paint
Hand painting sola flowers
Advance techniques of dyeing sola flowers
How to create succulents
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