Super easy way to put together a fun Yarn Dye Kit to give someone who loves to knit or crochet
Are you forever looking for that perfect Christmas or Birthday gift for your favorite Knitter, Crocheter or Weaver? Perhaps they would be interested in learning how to dye beautiful yarn at home?
A Kool Aid dye kit is a great gift, even for a beginning yarn dyer.
There is something extra special about a finished knit hat or scarf if the yarn was also dyed by hand. You can’t get a more personalized homemade gift than that!
Making your own yarn dye kit is very affordable and super simple to put together. The main cost is the yarn you decide to put in the jar.
This can be an inexpensive yarn such as Bare Wool of the Andes or something ultra lux like this 100% Silk Bare Luminance.
Does your knitter love to make socks? Get some luscious sock yarn. Or perhaps they enjoy crocheting hats or slippers. In that case, this bulky yarn would be perfect for the dye kit. You get the idea!
Also think about customizing your kit with your recipient’s favorite colors!
Here is a skein of yarn that I dyed with Kool Aid drink powders. I used Mixed Berry (blue), Cherry, Orange and Grape flavors.
Note: Stay away from Lemonade Kool Aid which has very little dye in it.
Why use Kool Aid?
Kool Aid is a great option for a beginner yarn dyer. It’s a good way to test the waters and see if an investment in more expensive dyes is worth it.
If you are giving this dye kit to someone who already has some experience, you may want to opt for professional dyes such as Jacquard or Country Classics.
Just make sure you buy ACID DYES, which are specifically made for protein/animal fibers.
- Protein Fiber Yarn (Sheep wool, alpaca or silk)
- Quart Size Canning Jar with Lids ( I prefer wide mouth jars)
- Kool-Aid packets (unsweetened)
- Yarn Dyeing Instructions (print out card at bottom of this post)
Printing the yarn dyeing instructions:
Just in case your gift recipient has never dyed yarn before, you can include basic instructions for dyeing yarn in your kit. These can be found at the bottom of this article.
Look for the card labeled ‘HOW TO DYE YARN WITH KOOL AID’ and hit the ‘Print’ button. Add a pretty ribbon and tuck it into the mason jar.
Assembling your dye kit:
Once you have gathered your yarn, mason jar, Kool Aid packets and the dye instructions, all you have to do is place them in the jar and close with the lid.
You can also add some colorful fabric and a bow or ribbon to the top or just pop the whole thing in a gift bag.
If you want to make your gift extra special, you can add an in-depth book on dyeing yarn.
Here is my favorite go-to guide for Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece.
- Protein Fiber Yarn (Sheep, alpaca, silk)
- Quart Mason Jar
- Kool Aid Drink Packets
- Yarn Dyeing Instructions
- no special tools needed
- Print out the yarn dyeing instructions from this article (located at the bottom)
- Place the yarn, Kool Aid packets and dyeing instructions in the mason jar and close the lid.
- Add a ribbon or colorful fabric to the top.
Lemonade Kool Aid has very little dye in it.
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