One DIY trend we’ve seen quite a bit lately is dip dying. We had not tried it before, but we love the look of dip dying so we thought we’d give it a go! We chose to use Kool Aid as our dying agent because it gives a beautiful pastel color and it was easy to find. We chose one of our favorite decorative accessories: a tassel, added a little dye and voila! The process was very simple and inexpensive, and the end result is a gorgeous tassel that we can attach to almost anything. We love how they look on a key chain and on our straw beach bags, but don’t be pigeon-holed by our ideas, have fun attaching them to anything you please!
- Cotton string
- Several packets of powder Kool Aid (the Kool Aid Flavors that resulted in the best colors were: Lemon-Lime, Orange, Blue Raspberry & Cherry)
- An old credit card
- A large sewing needle
- A 3/4″ key ring (you only need this if you are making your tassel into a key ring)
- A small glass bowl or glass measuring cup
- A large glass bowl
- Rubber gloves (optional)
Step 1: Wrap the string around the credit card about 60 times, lengthwise then cut the end from the ball of string.
Step 2 (Key Ring) : If you would like to make your tassel into a key ring then cut two 12″ pieces of string and thread them through the key ring. Then run the two piece of string under all the wrapped string on one side of the credit card, making sure that the key ring is underneath the wrapped string.
Step 2 (No Key Ring): If you would like to make a tassel without the key ring so that you can attach it to anything then cut two 12″ pieces of string and run them under all of the wrapped string on one side of the credit card.
Step 3: Whether you are making a tassel on the key ring or not, this next step is the same for both. Take the two pieces of string you have run under the wrapped string and tie them together in a knot, very tightly.
Step 4: Turn the credit card over and cut the string down the middle.
Step 5: After you have cut the string, fold it down so that the knot is facing up. Pull a 12″ length of string from the ball, keeping it attached to the ball, wrap it around the top of the tassel about 1″ from the top and tie it tightly in a knot. Then begin to wind the string around the top of the tassel, very tightly, five to six times. Cut the end that is still attached to the ball of string so that it is about 6″ long.
Step 6: To finish off the tassel, thread the string through the needle, run it under the wrapped string and pull it very tightly. Then tie the loose end of the thread into a knot with the end that you originally wrapped around the tassel. Now you get to cut your tassel so that all the ends are even and move on to dying it!
Dip Dying the Tassels:
Dying our tassels with Kool Aid was very easy and took no time at all! You may want to use rubber gloves for this part. We didn’t and our hands were dyed with Kool Aid for the rest of the day, but it’s nothing that a few washings with soap and water didn’t fix.
First, empty one of the packets of Kool Aid into a small glass bowl or glass measuring cup. Then add 1 cup of water, gently stir and heat it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. While your Kool Aid is in the microwave, fill a large bowl with water and place in the sink. Dip the very ends of your tassel into the Kool Aid for 15-20 seconds. Then dip it a little further into the dye for about 15-20 seconds. And then one more time, a little bit further for another 15-20 seconds; making sure to leave 1/2″ of tassel below the wrapped portion un-dyed.
Squeeze your tassel to ring out the dye, gently dip the tassel into the bowl of water and swish it around, making sure only to submerge the dyed parts. Squeeze out the water. If you’d like to make your tassel slightly darker you can dip the ends into the Kool Aid one more time for 15-20 seconds and repeat the rinsing process. Once you have squeezed out the excess water, hang your tassels to dry overnight.
Now you have a assortment of pastel tassels to accessorize almost anything you own! We even loved how they looked casually placed upon a stack of books in our living rooms.
Ashley + Hallman