Originally Posted by sunflowers
Nice! That's what I was going for but mine turned out more pastel.
How did you get the colors to stay so bright? My lemon lime koolaid rinsed out to a blue tone. Did you dye on the stovetop or microwave? Did you rinse until the water turned clear? Is it colorfast? Please share the secrets
You can re-do them if you want to make them darker! I redid my blue one this morning (before I took the pic) because it was a tad lighter than I wanted and the second time around it turned out perfect!
This was my first time dyeing anything so I did a lot of experimenting. I did them on the stovetop with approx. 6 oz. water and 2 oz. vinegar. The yellow was 2 packs of lemonade, the orange was one pack of orange, coffee, and a squirt of red food coloring, the blue was all blue food coloring, the green was three packs of lemon-lime, and the black cherry was one pack of grape and two packs of black cherry for the first dye. It was a little too pinkish so I followed up with a second session of just purple food coloring and that's what you see in the pic--black cherry coloring with a blue-violet mottling over it. It looks really nice!
I soaked the silks in hot water while I prepared the dye in a pot, then wrung them out and used my hands to swirl them around the dye pot and soak up the liquid. When it started to get hot I switched to a spoon and kept mashing them around until the dye was gone. I simmered and stirred on and off (though there wasn't much water) for a long time (20 min or so?) then took the pot to the sink, drained the liquid, poured in a glug of vinegar and cold water, stuck my hand in the pot and scrunched the silk around for a minute. Dumped the pot and rinsed with cool water until it ran clear, which was only a few seconds each time. Handwashed with dish soap, and blow dried with my blow dryer. I tested them out and they are all colorfast!
My only disappointment was that our food store hardly had any kool-aid so there wasn't much to pick from
I guess that stuff just isn't popular anymore, when I was a kid I remember getting to choose from racks and racks of purplesaures rex, blue raspberry, tropical punches, kiwi strawberry, blackberry, etc., etc. I was really looking forward to picking some neat flavors but all they had was Cherry, grape, lemon-lime, lemonade, orange and strawberry.