Last week while interviewing Katherine Sands for my next newspaper column I saw all of her newly dyed dryer sheets waiting to dry. That reminded me of all of those dryer sheets I had waiting in my cave. So here is what I did yesterday. Look at these yummy colors. These are dyed with acrylic paints.
Some were dyed one color. Some I rubbed together before they dried to get two colors. This was yellow rubbed with pink.
Green with pink
Blue with pink
I do have some ideas for them, but right now I’m enjoying looking at the beautiful colors. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of dyeing your own dryer sheets, Kathy sells them HERE.
Oh, those are so pretty, the blue and pink one turned out stunning. Though I’ll admit I have no idea what dryer sheets are!? How do they work?
Kristina, Dryer sheets are for using in the dryer to remove static cling and help clothes to be less wrinkled. Instead of using softener in the wash water, we use the dryer sheets in the dryer. Most are scented, but we use the unscented ones. The sheets are made of a material that feels like interfacing or fusible web. A lot of people use these sheets in collages and other art projects. After using one in a load of clothes, instead of throwing it away, it can be recycled into an art project.
Hey Lynda, those turned out GORGEOUS!!!! So glad you tried them. And thanks for linking to my shop. People do fuse them (or not) and cut out appliques from them too, just to give you another idea. Use them like a fabric, but one you can see through!
Kathy, I’ve been wanting to dye them and seeing yours really inspired me – as did all of you beautiful stuff! Can’t wait to play with them!
Be sure to post whatever awesomeness you come up with.
Can you give us instructions on how to do these dyed dryer sheets?
These are so vibrant and colorful! What a great way to reuse dryer sheets!. Thanks for sharing this fun technique.
Deborah, I sure can and will do that soon. Thanks for asking and for dropping by.
Kathy, I will for sure. Just found a new project that has moved up to the front of the line so they will have to wait a bit.
Thanks Lynda, that’s really interesting! I don’t think we have them in Europe, but then I have never owned a dryer so I probably wouldn’t know if we did. I’m waiting to see what you decide to do with yours 🙂
Lyndah, wow, those are gorgeous! I’ve used dryer sheets in projects before, but it never occurred to me to dye them. Thanks for the inspiration!
Kathleen, I tried painting them and it just didn’t work. Dyeing works much better and such pretty colors!! Thank you for dropping by.
How did you use the acrylic paint to dye them? Instructions please! Thanks!
Brette, I had to look up that post since that was quite awhile ago. Looks like I was going to do a tutorial and never did. What I did was put dryer sheets in bowls with acrylic paints and a little water and scrunch them around with my hand. When they were dark enough for me I laid them out to dry. That’s all there was to it. Thanks for dropping by and hope that helps.