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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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  1. “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!!!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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.

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