I’m working on my remodeling my Living Room right now and am knee deep in projects. One is a cork art piece that I am super excited about.
I saw this and was inspired to make a version of it for my space. I turned to the product that I use every time I want to dye something: good ol’ fashioned Rit Dye!
The corks take the dye pretty well, and naturally, the color deepens with the amount of time you keep the corks soaking. I wanted my colors to vary by color so I did a little experiment to see how well the colors deepened
As you can see, the 20 minutes cork is lighter, but I was actually surprised how much just 20 minutes in the dye stained the cork. If you are going for a more subtle look, I recommend this time frame
Three hours deepened to a nice, saturated color. There is a definite difference and probably the truest color that was intended with this dye
12 hours is very dark, and bordering on over-saturated in color. You can start to see a lot more of the variations in the cork, and the pits have more contrast.
Corks (make sure they are natural corks. Most are, but there are a few bottlers that use synthetic)
Rit Dye in colors you prefer (I used teal and golden yellow)
Fill the bucket a little over half way and add the entire packet of the powder dye. Stir to dissolve
Add your corks. I dyed about 500 corks in the teal color. About 400 fit in at a time
Take your other bucket and use it to push the corks down into the dye. You will need to put a weight (brick/more water) into the top bucket to weigh it down and get all the corks covered
This is after 20 minutes, and I took about 50 out to keep them lighter for my project
Here are the 20 minute corks dried
Here are the 3 hour corks dried
Here are the 12 hour corks dried
I also dyed a few of the corks yellow…
These lighter yellow corks were soaking for an hour
These yellows above were dyed for 12 hours.
As you can see, the initial soak takes on a lot of dye and you can pull them out fairly soon after putting them in to achieve a subtle color. I think my favorite color came from the 3 hour soak so really, not a whole lot of waiting…
After I pulled the corks from the buckets, I dried them on a rag. They dried thoroughly within a few hours.
So, do you want to dye corks now?
Say tuned for my Cork Art DiY coming soon!