DIY Crafts How to Stain Wood with Kool-Aid

Published on June 23rd, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

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How to Stain Wood with Kool-Aid

Wood stains are expensive and pretty toxic Check out how to stain wood using Kool-Aid instead!

Between the artificial colors and refined sweeteners, Kool-Aid isn’t super healthy for your kids to drink. Those artificial dyes may not be good for your body, but if you’ve got some unfinished wood, it makes a great stain!

Related: How to Stain Unfinished Wood Toys with Vibrant Colors

Laura Kuhlmann at Pet Scribbles shows you how to stain wood using a simple Kool-Aid-based stain. Don’t you love how vibrant her finished project looks? You only need a few simple supplies to make your own Kool-Aid wood stain:

  • 5 packets of Kool-Aid unsweetened drink mix
  • bottle of ready-to-drink Kool-Aid in the same flavor
  • old glass jar
  • spoon for mixing
  • foam brush
  • rubber gloves
  • unfinished wood – She used a treasure box, but you can use whatever you like! Blocks, cut wood, etc…
  • paper towel, newspaper, or a flattened cardboard box to protect your work surface
  • matte finish acrylic sealer – We suggest a zero VOC wood sealant.
  • craft paint, optional
  • glitter glue, optional

Ready to dye your own? Pet Scribbles has the low-down with lots of helpful photos!


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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



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