Yarn Crafting With Kids: Dying Yarn With Kool-Aid

Remember last weeks post Dying Yarn With Food Coloring? We couldn't wait to try this! I looked and looked for the food coloring I remembered as a child. You know the ones in the little squirt bottles. Well there were none to be found? So I searched the web and found out you can dye yarn with Kool-Aid. We followed the same basic method found at Pea Soup with a few minor changes. I also referenced this tutorial.
Here's how we did ours.

You will need:
wool tied loosely into skeins
unsweetened Kool-Aid
large microwave safe bowl
squeeze bottles
large trash bag

1. Soak your yarn in warm water for about 30 minutes.
2. Mix  your Kool-Aid dye in the squeeze bottles. We did 3 packets of color to 6oz of water and one tsp of vinegar. You can use less or more packets of Kool-Aid depending on how bright you want your colors to be.
3. Remove your yarn from soaking and gently squeeze out the excess water.
4. Lay your yarn flat on the trash bag and start dying. Caution this can be messy so I would recommend doing this outdoors. Be sure to completely cover the yarn in dye.
5. Then gently place your yarn in a large microwavable dish.
6. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Then let it cool for 2 minutes. Check to see if the water is clear. If not microwave on high for another 2 minutes. Repeat this process until the water is clear.
7. After cooling rinse your yarn in warm water with a few drops of mild dish detergent.
8. Hang and let dry.
End result... Two very happy little girls!


  1. Any ideas of what you will make the yarn into? I can't wait to try this. My girls will be so excited. =)

  2. nice!! congratulations!!
    I love it!!
    from Chile

  3. Isn't dyeing yarn the best thing ever. I just swifted up some I did over the weekend myself. It's like magical coming together and such a fun project for the little girls and us big girls too.

  4. Oddly enough I have only been able to find the squirt bottle food coloring in the SPICE section. Isn't that weird? Not in the baking section but in the spice aisle at the grocery store. Great colors too. There's a new set of neon ones! I've dyed with kool-aid. I love the smell.

  5. Great effect! where do I point my husband to in the supermarket for Kool aid?

  6. Hello,
    i was looking for the tuto of the granny circle from lollipop tree lane, but i saw that the blog doesn't exist anymore. could you help me?
    Thanks a lot!

  7. I never have the chance to go shopping that often, so i cannot go get vinegar, is there a substitute that can be used?

    1. Hi Luz. I've read that it works without the vinegar... Never tried it but looks like it has work for other. I would say give it a try!

  8. Do you think this concept will work to dye a t-shirt? I just need to know if the kool-aid will dye the children's bodies in the process. I mean, if the yarn is sealed then so should the t-shirt.

  9. I don't have a microwave. Any ideas about using a pan on the stovetop?


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