What I did Last Summer–Wax Paper Dying

Last summer, the big craze in my crafting groups was dying wax paper. So I decided to give it a try. I made a video about it to accompany this post.(link at end)

Supplies you need

Wax paper

Liquid fabric dye-I used Rit

White vinegar

A pan for each color of dye-disposable aluminum or one you dont mind getting stained

Boiling water

Bucket of cold water to rinse

A place to put the paper to dry-I strung some twine and used clothes pins to hang them like laundry.

I took 12 to 14 inch pieces of the wax paper and crumpled them.

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Then I prepapred my dye, using 1 part dye to 2 parts vinegar. I added enough water to fill my container half way.

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I submerged the paper balls in the dye, then after about 15 minutes I turned them so they would be equally dyed.

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After another 15 minutes I rinsed them in cold water.

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Then I hung them on a makeshift drying line.

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It was a hot windy day and they dried quickly. After they were dried, I  ironed them between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Here are some of the colors I ended up with. The yellow was very light, I think next time I will use more dye and leave it to soak for a longer time. I used both synthetic and original dyes. The two blacks(one is not shown) had different base colors one more blue purple and the other more reddish purple. The coral and red were very similiar in color(red not shown).


I am planning to do more soon and will post the different colors I use. Please check out my video on Youtube.



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