Dyed Christmas Ornaments

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Project by MrsN posted 11-12-2010 04:56 AM 2105 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is an assortment of Christmas ornaments that I made this weekend. They are all cut from 1/8” Baltic birch plywood and dyed with food coloring. In some light the “red” looks a little pinkish, but overall I am really happy with the way they took the color.
I don’t know if I did it right, but this is how I dyed them. I mixed up some colored water, really strong, maybe 1 little bottle of color to 3/4 cup of water. Then put the ornaments in the water for a bit, then let them dry overnight and finished with a spray shellac.
Thanks for looking,

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#1 posted 11-12-2010 05:12 AM

Cool looking ornaments, I like!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 11-12-2010 11:35 AM

Those look great. nice job.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 12:23 PM

Nice work. Interesting idea on using food color..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 11-12-2010 03:14 PM

Very nice! I really like the colors!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#5 posted 11-12-2010 04:15 PM

Looks like they were fun to make and you also got to try something new with the food coloring. I know there are numerous other people on here that have used food coloring with varying results.

I haven’t dyed anything yet, but do have some anilene dye I’ll be trying one of these days. I will post the results once I get around to that particular Christmas gift.

I think I personally like the hollowed trees and the round bulbs the best.

Are you giving these away during the upcoming holiday season? Maybe you’ll keep one set for yourself?

I’m sure these are nice and light, so they’d be good for the skinny branches of a tree.

On something like this where you’ve got light, thin stock, did you cut them all individually, or stack any of them together for cutting?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 11-12-2010 04:22 PM

I am planning on giving these away, and maybe selling a few. I am in a craft fair at my school in a couple of weeks and these will be there.

I stacked about 5 or 6 at a time when cutting. I was using 1/8” plywood so the stack was less then 1” tall, and I like to keep my cutting under an inch when ever I can. It really helps to keep the pieces stable when you stack cut them.


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#7 posted 11-12-2010 11:29 PM

Very nice, and the color turned out great.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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