Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hand-Dyed Play Silks

Monday, we had a few friends over for a Valentine's Day play date.  As a Valentine's Day gift, each child took home a play scarf dyed in pinks and reds.  I ordered raw white silk scarves online and used this brilliant recipe for dying silks using Kool-Aid.  The process was as easy as dying Easter eggs, with more room for creative variations like tie-dying and color blocking.  The results were beautiful, and the kids had a great time playing with the scarves, even if most of them were oblivious to the holiday theme.  
These simple, inexpensive play scarves aren't just for playing dress-up (though they are cute for that, aren't they?).
They're perfect doll blankets, pretend bandages, tea party tablecloths, or whatever unlimited use imagination inspires.  
They'll also make beautiful multi-use gift wrapping for birthdays and holidays.  I'm already looking forward to doing this with Tye when she's a little bit older.  Until then, she seems to appreciate the end results.
By the way, check out the rest of the Clean blog- it's an amazing source of inspiration!


  1. We love our play silks too! They're endless fun. And what an cool idea of dying them with Kool-Aid. We're going to have to try it ourselves. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I"m going to have to get some for Charlotte and dye them for easter.


  3. Awe how much fun! Since I am a silk headscarf wearer I have to comment about how cute she looks in her little wrap : )

  4. I hope you have fun with the project, Rev and Al! Zainab, thanks for the compliment- of course, I think she looks adorable, too! :)


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