Rit A Horse of a Different Color

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by Tami Bayer, Rit

Rit 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 Hyacinth with one part Petal Pink with hot water in a 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" lengths and place in separate plastic zip top bags. Add hot water and mix in a different dye color to each bag, zip closed, and squish up bags to distribute the dye.
  • 6
    Remove trim from bags and rinse out tje dye. 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 Dye Liquid in Hyacinth, Petal Pink, Cherry Red, Emerald Green, Tangerine
  • •Nicole™ Crafts Wiggle Round Eyes
  • •Loew-Cornell Sponge Brushes
  • •Wood Rocking Horse, Pom Pom Trim, Seven Sandwich Bags with Zipper Seal, Glass Measuring Cup, Needle & Thread, Sandpaper and Latex Gloves
  • •Clear Polyurethane & Tack Cloth (optional - see step 8)