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I was at Walmart last week, and saw the cutest display for Kool-Aid. With Summer just around the corner comes the anticipation of outdoor gatherings, BBQs and impromptu get-togethers with neighbors, family and friends alike. I can’t wait!
However, I also had another reason to buy Kool-Aid: I wanted to craft with it, so I also picked up several packets of Kool-Aid unsweetened drink mix.
Kool-Aid as a craft supply? Yes!
You can use Kool-Aid as a dye on unfinished wood! It works like a charm! (And smells good too!)
I purchased this unfinished wood treasure chest box from the craft store to dye with Kool-Aid:
I wanted the box to be a rich purple color, so I emptied 5 packets of Kool-Aid unsweetened drink mix (Grape) into a glass jar. I slowly added some of the ready-to-drink Kool-Aid (Grape) and stirred everything up until I was happy with the color.
Tip: For the purple color, the liquid will look almost black. This is ok, as it will dry to a wonderful purple shade.
Using a small foam brush and wearing rubber gloves, I simply “painted” on the Kool-Aid one section at a time.
I gave the box two quick coats of the Kool-Aid, both inside and out, then let it dry overnight on some white paper towels and a garbage bag, just in case any of the color leaked out.
Tip: For the purple color, the box ended up looking almost black while wet. Again, don’t be alarmed as it will dry to a much prettier shade!
Here’s a shot of the box drying, so you can see what I mean:
The next day, I sprayed the inside and outside of the box with a matte-finish acrylic sealer and let it dry. I chose to do this to make sure none of the color would come off on my hands. Next I painted the box trim and hardware with craft paint in a matching shade of purple, and used purple glitter glue to give the box some sparkle.
And that’s all there is to it!
I love how rich and weathered the wood looks!
So a simple trip to Walmart prepared me for spur-of-the-moment Summer get-togethers plus gave me a fun and easy craft idea all with the same product: Kool-Aid!
One of the jingles I can still sing to this day is the song the Kool-Aid Man sang in those iconic TV commercials from my childhood:
I’ve been singing it all day!