Rit Color Perfect A Horse of a Different Color

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by Tami Bayer, Rit

Rit Color Perfect A Horse of a Different Color

Spruce up an old wooden rocking horse by dye-staining the wood and adding a new, pom pom trim mane in bright, beautiful colors. This same technique can be used to give new life to any old wooden toy or add color to a unfinished wood toy.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include drying time for the dye.
  • 2
    Clean and sand wood rocking horse and remove old yarn mane.
  • 3
    Mix two parts Amethyst Purple with one part Perfect Passion Pink in glass measuring cup and apply to wood horse with a sponge brush. Allow to dry overnight.
  • 4
    Lightly sand horse all over to show distressed areas. Apply wiggle eyes to horse with glue.
  • 5
    While horse is drying, cut seven pieces of pom pom trim to 16 inch lengths and place in separate plastic zipper seal bags. Add dye to each bag, zip closed, and squish up bags to distribute the dye. If you find the color is not dark enough to your liking, add more dye. (Choose the two colors you like best and create a second bag for each of those).
  • 6
    Remove trim from bags, lay out and spray with dye fixative and allow to set for 20 minutes. Then rinse out the dye and allow trim to air dry.
  • 7
    Stitch all seven pieces of dyed trim together to create horse's mane. Attach to horse with glue.
  • 8
    Optional: to seal dye-stained wood, apply one to two coats of clear polyurethane with the bristle brush. Lightly rub with sandpaper, between coats and remove dust and filings with a tack cloth. 

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Rit Color Perfect Fun and Easy Dye Kit Amethyst Purple 104795539
  • Rit Color Perfect Fun and Easy Dye Kit Perfect Passion Pink 104795537
  • Rit Color Perfect Fun and Easy Dye Kit Candy Apple Red 104795535
  • Rit Color Perfect Fun and Easy Dye Kit Astro Turf Green 104795543
  • Rit Color Perfect Fun and Easy Dye Kit Citrus Orange 104795547
  • Rit Color Perfect Stay Dye Fixative 104795549
  • Wood Rocking Horse
  • Pom Pom Trim (a piece long enough to cover the area of the horse's mane)
  • Nicole™ Crafts Wiggle Round Eyes 30 mm 2 pc. 104234508
  • Loew-Cornell Sponge Brush 2 inch 104114531
  • Nicole™ Crafts Bristle Brush White 2 inch 104125676
  • Sandwich-size Storage Bags with Zipper Seal (7)
  • Glass Measuring Cup
  • Needle and Thread
  • Latex Gloves
  • Polyethylene (optional - see step 8)
  • Clear Polyurethane (optional - see step 8)
  • 220-grit Sandpaper (optional - see step 8)
  • Tack Cloth (optional - see step 8)