kool aid dye

Here’s a “life-hack” for you.

Apparently concentrated Kool-Aid can be used as a pretty effective leather dye.

I was making a drink while cutting the snaps off some new straps for my pauldrons and I got curious, so I tried it, thinking, “ok even if this works, it will just wash out.”


It took the “dye” (undiluted) in about 3 seconds. After drying for about an hour and a half, it would not wash off in the hottest tap-water. It would not wash out after soaking for 30 minutes.
It did not wash out until I BOILED it, and even then, only by a tiny bit and it gave it a weathered look that was kind of cool.
Add some waterproofing and I’d wager it would survive even that.

That rich red is only one application too.
Plus it smells great, lol.

So there you go, cheap, fruity smelling leather dye in all the colors Kool-Aid has to offer.

Crayola lipstick? No problem, Crayola crayons are non-toxic and most lipsticks contain lead anyway. 

Kool-aid hair dye and blush? Cool, it’s been done for decades. 

Mayo and olive oil hair conditioner? Kinda smelly, but just fine. 

Oreo mascara? NO. Bacteria love sugar and your eyeballs are lined with very vulnerable mucous membranes. Your eyesight is more precious than an impractical DIY cosmetic. 


Here they aaaaare <333 the brown ones are just tea, and then I have some lighter and darker purples, and some transitionals just for fun that ended up  soaking my microwave… physics!

This is a close up of the lighter purple ones. They’re kind of dingy looking in this photo especially in the weird bathroom lighting but aaagh I love it, the way the colors are all marbled and tye-dye-ie. They’re exactly like I pictured they’d turn out!

although the water they left behind was inexplicably green. Like, even now they’re dripping green water. I don’t understand.

YAY CHEERS <3 gonna try and install them on monday!

Colors to Dye For!

(I couldn’t help myself. The punning opps are endless with dye, especially in October!)

There are a couple of substantially magnificent group forums dedicated to dyeing your own yarn housed on the Ravelry site, which you can link to from here, if you are members of the best darn electronic thing that ever happened to knitting and crochet (since calculators):

What a Kool Way to Dye: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/what-a-kool-way-to-dye (this forum has special pages set aside for the newbie)

Plants to Dye For: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/plants-to-dye-for

Love to Dye: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/love-to-dye

And is a non-Ravelry gem:

Dye Your Own Yarn! http://www.dyeyouryarn.com/