Pumpkin Coaster

Transform cotton cord like a creative dyer did who designs nautical items with rope. Dye the cord orange; after you can add felt accents to make a Jack-O-lantern look. To make a pumpkin: you can swirl the cord to make a circle (or weave into more complex shapes). 

Dyed Orange Coaster


  • Cotton cord
  • Tangerine Orange Tintex
  • Kettle 
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoon
  • Ruller or measuring tape 
  • Rubber or plastic gloves
  • Plastic (cover work area)
  • Optional: scissors 
  • Optional: felt face shapes (black, yellow or green)
  • Optional: glue & glue gun


  1. Determine the length of rope need and add a little extra to account for shrinkage.
  2. Start with clean wet rope that has been soaked in water for up  to 20 minutes.
  3. Place boiling water to sink, add Tintex solution and stir until dye is completely dissolved; cotton rope is only added when dye solution mixed -- make sure rope is totally covered with dyeing solution.
  4. For up to 20 minutes, flip rope around with a spoon.  If needed add weight to help keep rope at the bottom of the sink; submerge each side for 10 minutes.
  5. When rope is desired colour, remove from dye bath and rinse entire length through cold water (do not wring).
  6. Hang to dry over a protected area.  Workspace can be protected with plastic (or place a bucket undergo catch drips). Dry for 24 hours depending on the temperature.
  7. After dyeing you can wave or swirl dyed cord into chosen shape. You can add felt accents to create a Jack-O-Lantern look perfect for Halloween decor.

Prepare dyeing solution and after solution is dissolved place rope in dye bath


Rinse rope and hand to dry over a protected work area.


    Use the dyed rope for Halloween craft accents.  



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