Spotted: How to Stain Wood with Kool-Aid

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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