Photo Blocks using Rit Dye

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Hey guys!

I was recently asked to review Rit’s line of liquid dyes.   I have used Rit on several projects before, so I knew I would love it.  I went to their website to check things out, and was so excited to learn that you can dye wood!  Many of you may already know this, but it was news to me and got me a little giddy.  I decided to make my baby some photo blocks for his room.  These make awesome Christmas presents!  The grandparents love them.

I started with my wood pieces.  Mine were scraps of 2×4, 2×6 and 2×8.  I made no measurements… Just used the good ol’ eyeball method.

Now for the Rit dye…

I decided to use Cherry Red for his room.  One great thing about Rit are your color options.  They have 25 different colors to choose from.  You can also use their great Colorit Formula Guide to achieve 500 different colors… LOVE that!

I prepared my dye by adding 1 cup of the dye to 16 cups of really hot water.  I used an empty rubbermaid container to mix mine.

Make sure to use a glove!  I soaked both sides of each piece for 5 minutes each.  So easy! No brushing or wiping… Just let it soak!

Then I let them dry on an old towel.   I love that I didn’t have to wipe it like stain, and I could do it in my kitchen because there were no bad fumes!  My kind of project!  I also love that you can achieve the look of a stain in so many different color options.

While those were drying I printed some pictures of my little man using my printer with regular paper.  I cut each picture to fit the blocks with just a little left on each side.

I used spray adhesive to attach my photos to the blocks.

Then, I used a thin layer of mod podge over each picture.

I used my Silhouette to cut out his name in black vinyl.  You can also print and cut your own name using your printer and just mod podge the paper.

The results…

Don’t you love the stained look??


These are another take on the photo blocks I did for my in-laws last year.  I think these are such a fun, cheap and easy gift!  They are great for any occasion and can be done in SO many different ways… Especially now with Rit dye!

I loved working with Rit dye on this wood.  I am so glad to discover how cool this stuff is on wood!

You can keep up with Rit and other project ideas on their sites…

And for the really fun part…
Rit Dye will be giving one lucky Shanty reader their entire liquid dye line!  That is 25 bottles of dye… That is a whole lot of DIY 😉
How do you win??
1. Leave me a comment here telling me you want to win!
2. Follow Rit Dye on Facebook and leave me a separate comment here!
3.  Announce this giveaway on your blog, twitter or facebook and leave another comment here!
That is 3 ways to enter!
We will announce our winner in the next few days!
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  • Jessica Ann Suniga

    I want to win the WHOLE LINE of RIT dye!!! This would seriously help me with so many projects that my girls and I love doing for family members for all occasions!!!

  • Sharon Gore

    Yes I would like to win the Rit Dies, as I love every color and work with all of them. The wood idea is wonderful and will make a lot of people happy which is my main goal. Thanks a lot, shanty2chic.

  • Mama Jay

    Biggest thing I’ve built so far.! In fact, with the weather… shop is in my living room ! We stay in the den all winter where the fireplace is anyway but my dh really would like me to get my tools etc out of there. I try to go out on the porch to do my sawing and sanding but …opps….sometimes when he’s at workl……Oh Well ! I used Ritz dye on the boards. They were really bright to begin with…dh called it “kindergarten” colors becaused I only got the basic prime colors… couldn’t afford all that I wanted. I used a brush to apply the dye and I worked great,. I sanded the pallet boards down and after staining it looked great. I was going to put it up for sale but dh wanted it in the entry way,,. a great complement !!!! The color is subdued and I would have liked to have brought it out a little more but it is what it is. Won’t build anything that large until the weather breaks and I can clear out the shed. Do you think the color would have soaked into the board if I put then in a container like you did?

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  • Judith

    –& YES! Would Love to Win!!

  • Judith

    Both sewing & joining wood pieces has always seemed similar –minus the seam allowances. It makes sense to use the same techniques and products on both. Love this idea.

  • Jennifer Nicole Kitchen

    I always feel like a winner following your site…..

  • Christien Bumpus

    Just curious how you think this would look with vellum? For my wedding invitations, I printed a faded engagement picture on vellum… could be very interesting against colored wood.

  • Telework Recruiting

    I feel like a winner just by learning this amazing trick! So much easier, I’d think, than painting each piece of wood. Thank you!

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  • Guest

    I want to win this BADLY!! Dying wood is such an awesome idea! This would save me a TON of time painting in my boutique.

  • Natalie Buckey

    I have sooo many wood projects to do with this awesome idea…I can’t wait! I’d like to win because I probably can’t bye the Rit dye in Germany (overseas military). Thanks for all of your great ideas!!!

  • Kim Binder

    Would be great to win!!!!

  • Tiffany Bodenhamer

    I want to win- fun colors!

  • Misty Wilson

    If this giveaway is not over, I would love to win! Thank you for some great ideas.

  • Ashley

    This is an excellent giveaway; i’d love to win. My husband is a cabinet finisher and hr hasn’t heard of this product. I know he’d love to try it out! Thank you, Shanty Sisters!

  • dana d

    I would love to win.. Thanks so much for the tutorial, love it!

  • cheryl siciliano

    love to win!

  • Charlene

    Oh! This looks like a fun & easy project to do. Thanks for sharing, and having a great giveaway!

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  • Love the final result of your project! I so want to win the line of Rit liquid dye.

  • Julianna

    I posted about the give-a-way on FB!

  • Julianna

    I also did not know you could use it on wood! I could find SO many uses for the dye!

  • This would be such a cool giveaway to win, think of all of the possibilities

  • Amy

    Fantastic project and I love your baby’s name! I would love to win – I have the perfect project in mind to use the RIT on and I learned about it on your blog!

  • Laura

    what fun!! I would love to try this out!

  • What a beautiful project! I love the look of the red wood. I could certainly find some projects to use the dye on.

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  • Jennie {Cinnaberry Suite}

    NO FLIPPIN’ WAY?!!! How easy is that?!! Hook a bloggy sistah up with some of this dye….QUICK!! I’ve got lots of wood that’s nakie needin’ some fun colors. Heeheee!! Thanks girlies! Can’t wait to try this 🙂 Smooches!!

  • Nichole

    i liked rit on fb!

  • Nichole

    I shared this giveaway and DIY project on fb!

  • Nichole

    I would love to win especially since this is such a cute idea to show off pictures of my babay! love it!

  • Jennifer

    I follow Rit Dye on FB. Thanks!

  • Jennifer

    I would love to win! I have some ideas up my sleeve.

  • Julie

    What a great project! I would love to win. I have a bunch of faded clothes that need some new life and Rit Dye would be the perfect solution!

  • Marian

    Great idea! Please count me in. I would love to win.

  • Suzanne

    Great Project!! I would love to win!!

  • Sasha Jackson

    I would LOVE to win!! What a great project idea!!

  • Kim

    Imagine the fun we could have with that! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  • wow! i didn’t know that you can dye wood with Rit dye. Thanks for all the photos! I would love to win some dyes to kick off some DIY projects. 🙂

  • Kara

    I would love to win! Such a cute idea for photos and gifts!

  • Morgan

    Thanks so much for sharing this great use of RIT dye! I would love to win!

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    This is awesome! Would love to win!

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  • Sandy

    Thanks for such a great idea! would love to win this!

  • Karin Niece

    Wow I had no idea you could dye wood, love the way it turned out can’t wait to try it, I would love to win the free dye!

  • Janelle

    Wow! I would love to try dying wood with Rit dye! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win some Rit dye.

  • K Jerread

    I posted Rit’s give away on my face book page.

  • K Jerread

    I now like/follow Rit Dye on Face Book.

  • K Jerread

    I would love to win. What a wonderful project.

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  • Bettie F

    I have several projects that are waiting for this type of treatment. I would love to win! Great idea to use on wood!

  • I love your photo blocks! Stunning! I would love to dye a table cloth for the holidays!!!

  • Jessica Y

    “Dye-ing” to win! 🙂 Thanks.

  • Patsy Behrendt

    I LOVE these ideas!! I have been racking my brain over what to do for the people who have adopted a rescued bulldog from me this year and voila!!!! This would be perfect and not ruin my budget since my husband works at a hardware store in the lumber dept! I am talking discount here!! I can’t think of anything these new Bullie parents would like more!!! I love your blog but I have a new respect for your imagination now!! Thank you for the idea whether I win or not!!!

  • Carla M

    Oh, oh… me, me! I want to win!!

  • Kelli U

    I like Rit dye on FB!!

  • Kelli U

    ooh, I love how those blocks turned out, and I am always wanting the look of stain, but I don’t like the process…this would be perfect! I’d love to win this dye set!

  • Norma Jean

    These are SO cute! I can’t wait to try this!

  • Callie

    I would love to win! Just this summer I started experimenting with dyes. I would love to try them on wood.

  • What a great giveaway, I’d love to win! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Rebekah W

    What a great project! I’d love to win!

  • This is so cool. I think I would use it to turn a board yellow for a ruler inspired product that I have been wanting to do. Thanks for the chance.

  • OMG!! I love how these turned out!! I”m going to be a grandma soon and this is perfect for the nursery! I’m so excited =) Then I saw at the bottom a chance to win the dye, even better…I wanna win!!! Thanks for such an awesome idea ♥

  • I love it!

  • Sharon

    Thank you for educating me– I also didn’t know you could dye wood. It looks so much easier than staining or painting. I’d love to win and try it out (and 25 bottles of dye sounds like a dream come true!).

  • Rice

    I’ve never seen the RIT dyes in liquid before (not that I’ve looked – I’ve always been intimidated by the idea of mixing the powders & the mess). Makes me think I might just attempt that some day – especially if I had some sitting here that needed to be used! 🙂 Please enter me!

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  • Anne Marie

    I like Rit Dye on FB.

  • Anne Marie

    I want to win!!! How fun this would be.

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  • Marie

    I’d love to win! Want to try out your adorable block project!

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  • Becky U

    I shared on Twitter.

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    I like Rit Dye on FB.

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    I would love to win.

  • Love the block! 25 bottles?!?! OMG! Yes, I too would love to win. 😛

  • cary

    I’m so glad I found your wonderful blog through pintrest!! Your projects are so inspirational and this one is adorable your little man is so very cute and what a unique way to upcycle scraps and create a beautiful home piece 🙂 I would love to be in with a chance to win the dye and perhaps have a go at this myself. Many thanks for sharing and long may iyou continue to feed my creativity with your example. Best wishes x

  • Denise

    What a creative and simple craft. I would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

  • Miranda Taylor

    Oh my, oh my! I want to win!!!! Please let me win 🙂

  • Amy

    I was the “craft lady” one year at the camp where I worked during the summers in college. Everyone at camp tye-dyed every week, and there’s really only so many tye-dye t shirts a girl needs– so on a whim, I tried dying a piece of scrap wood and had about as much fun as you did on this project!

  • Please enter me in the drawing! Thanks! 🙂

  • Anne Loyd

    I want to win!!!

  • Jessica

    I tweeted about the giveaway on twitter!

  • Jessica

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  • Caroline

    I love it!! I would find many projects to do with Rit Dye

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  • Stacy

    Oh! That’s awesome! I adore spray paint but the fumes and overspray . . . yikes! I really want to try this!

  • I have always wanted to dye something…other than my hair! I would love to win.

  • Karen

    That dye looks amazing. So are your blocks! I would really enjoy winning this.

  • I really want to win because I LOVE color!!! And who know that Rit Dye could color wood and wicker. Wow. Oh a whole rainbow of colored dye. .how fun!!

  • I want to win!! What an awesome project!

  • Jana

    I would love to win this! That is an awesome trick and i will definately be using that in the future! I love all the stuff you make btw!

  • Terri

    WOW… dying wood… who knew!
    Would love to win.

  • Stephanie R.

    I so want to win this!!!

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    I want to win!!!!!!!

  • heather f.

    Ooooo…very cool! I want to win some dye!!!

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  • I want to win! this is a great project. imagine the possibilities!

  • i wanna win!!!!! i haven’t tried rit but this is an awesome idea!

  • Lisa T

    Looove your project! And would love me some Rit dye! Thanks!

  • Leslie

    I would love to win!

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  • I would love to play around with the RIT dye- so exciting that it dyes wood!!! Love 🙂

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  • oooh i really want to win! and i really want to try dying wood now!
    thanks for the idea inspiration!

  • Leigh

    I love this!!! I pinned it to Pinterest too! I used Rit dye when I was a teenager doing tye dye t shirts!! How fun this will be!!

  • Andrea S

    I want to win!!

  • Nancy M

    I would love to win- who knew you could dye wood?

  • Beautiful idea!!! I loved it!!!
    Big hugs!!!
    Brasília / Brasil

  • Kris

    following Rit on FB now too!

  • Kris

    This project would be so much fun to do! I would love to win! Thanks!

  • Jennifer Brees

    Love, love, love! I want to win!

  • shawn

    “oh, pick me, pick me!” (that was my best – typed – Donkey impersonation from Shrek!!!) thanks for the giveaway! Have a purse I’ve been dying to turn anything but white!!!

  • Rhoni T

    That is awesome! I have to wonder how do you set the color? If the wood gets wet will the color bleed? ‘Cause I have a bunch of ideas for using the dye!!

  • I wouldn’t have thought of wood either, even though I use it for fabric all the time. Love it!! Thanks for letting me enter to win.

  • I’ve seen so many fancy smanzy dyes for this and that, I’ve almost forgotten about good ‘ole RIT. I didn’t think about dying wood either. Thx for the chance to win some.

    Happy Holidays!

  • Ann Snarr

    How wonderful! I would love to win!

  • Andrea

    I would love to win!

  • I want to win!! What a cool project!

  • Jenny

    And I just shared it on myFB page. Thanks Shanty Girls!

  • Jenny

    I’m following RIT on FB too!

  • Jenny

    Would love to win this!

  • Wow! This looks fantastic. I am loving the way the dyed wood looks. Thank you for sharing & a chance to win. 🙂

  • Jill p.

    I would love to win these! What a great idea! Thanks for the chance!

  • Emily Schreurs

    I would love to win! I can think of so many fun projects to do!

  • Denise

    I would love to win. This project is amazing and loved it more and more when I scrolled through the pictures. I always have scrap lumber around to craft with. Thanks for the chance.