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!