There's nothing quite like a line full of playsilks blowing in the breeze. Silks have to be one of the most versatile playthings in our homes! They become blankets, skirts, scarves, capes, the walls of a fort, an ocean, a meadow, or simply something to play peekaboo with.
Buying silks predyed can be a bit pricey, but dying your own is cheap, easy, and a lot of fun!
Undyed silk scarves can be purchased cheaply from Dharma Trading and can be dyed easily using Kool-Aid or food coloring, hot water, and some vinegar.
First we soaked the silks in bowls of hot water and vinegar.
In a separate pan we mixed warm/hot water, vinegar, and 8 packets of Koolaid (for 2 regular sized silks and 3 or 4 hankie sized silks).
Pretty swirls...it reminds me of the planet Neptune...
Now add the silks...
Stir and squish it around till the silk is evenly saturated with color.
Let the silks soak in the dye for 2 minutes. You'll know they're done when the liquid loses most of its color and takes on a milky appearance.
In the case of purple it did NOT lose much color...so we eyeballed it.
Rinse the silks in cold water to remove any excess dye. This was a good step to involve the kids in...
...at least till they lose interest! We finished up the rest.
Meanwhile, Dani and Ella decided to do some finger painting in the yard. Gotta love the country!
Dani was her own canvas.
Hanging them out to dry
Aren't they lovely!
It was a nice breezy day...perfect for photos!
Now for some play...