Christmas Dyeing Projects

Christmas & Holiday Dyeing Projects

Dyed Holiday Pinecone DIY 

This simple holiday craft shows that you can dye more than fabric; all you need are some pinecones and dye.  The finished pinecones will make a great addition to a holiday table setting, or Christmas tree ornaments. 

Dyed pineconesMaterials:
  • Tintex Fabric Dye that matches your seasonal decor
  • Pinecones (yes you can dye wood related items)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Plastic or metal bowel/container
  • Optional: Hot glue gun & glue
  • Optional: glitter
  • Optional: glitter
  1. Choose a suitable dyeing container (or use a stainless steel sink).
  2. Mix a small batch of dye with hot water until powder is completely dissolved.
  3. Add the pinecones to the dye bath, check them after a minute to see if you like the colour (leaving in longer will create darker or brighter colours).
  4. Allow to air dry.
  5. Optional: string pinecone decorations with metallic thread or ribbon to create 'country chic' tree decorations or use twine for a more rustic look.
  6. Optional: dress up the pinecones with creative touches like glitter, paint or ribbon. Style in wooden bowels as a tablescape centrepiece for a big Holiday dinner, tall clear glass containers, glued onto a wreath or on a fireplace mantel.

Dyed Holiday Sock Wreath 

red dyed socks

This simple holiday craft will help you add a little bit more holiday cheer while you up-cycle your mismatched socks... 

  • Cardinal Red (#38), Forrest Green (#36), Whitex Wonder Whitener (#70)
  • Optional: Whitex Wonder Whitener (#70) 
  • Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Rubber gloves (if using hand dyeing method)
  • Socks 
  • Wreath frame 
  • Hot glue gun & glue
  1. Brighten white socks (Whitex Wonder Whitener brightens with optical brighteners), then dye socks using your best fabric dyeing method.
  2. To make wreath: carefully make one cut through your wreath to slide the socks onto your wreath.
  3. Slide the socks onto your wreath compactly so they do not shift and expose the bare wreath.
  4. When finished placing the socks seal it together using a hot glue gun.

Festive Red Bath Towels 

Add a holiday blast of colour to your powder room or guest bath.  Family and friend will appreciate the bright colour.

Dyed red towels


  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Plastic buckets, glass or stainless steel bowls
  • Tintex Red dye of choice: Cardinal or Scarlet Red 
  • Rubber gloves
  • White or light coloured towels
  • Paper towels


  1. Get dyeing supplies, protect work-station with plastic and wear plastic or rubber gloves to avoid staining hands
  2. Add power dye to hot water and mix well until completely dissolved, test dye on scrap of fabric or paper towel and adjust as necessary.
  3. Optional: customize the colour by adding more/less dye using the dye colour guide, darker or brighter colours are obtained by using double the usual amount of product.
  4. Add dye solution to bowl or bucket
  5. Place the towels into the dye bath; leave immersed & moving for 10 minutes
  6. Gently squeeze the extra dye solution out of your item but do not wring
  7. Run cold water down from the lightest shade to the darkest to remove extra dye until water runs clear 
  8. Allow your towels to air-dry (after dye has set, wash with like colours and tumble dry as usual).
  9. Always clean work area asap after dyeing.