DIY Waldorf Play Silks ~ A Tutorial Using Kool-Aid!

You can save a bunch of money making your own DIY Waldorf Play Silks and Rainbow Waldorf Play Silks as well! And making them is very easy and so much fun too. So get your crafty on and make your own silks instead of buying them!

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DIY Waldorf Play Silks ~ A Tutorial Using Kool-Aid!

1 & 2.  First we measured and cut our 10 yards of silk…we bought the silk in bulk on line to get the best price and then split the cost based on how many yards we bought. We did NOT hem the edges of the silk. Just cut it and go.
Added years later: After years of use, it did not really fray much at all so I think hemming is not necessary.
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Then we followed the directions on the board! –
3. After you cut your silk to the proper size, soak it in 3 cups vinegar and enough hot water to cover.
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 4. We used Kool-aid as dye…Here are some of the pretty colors! Mix 3 packets Kool-Aid with 2 cups hot water and 2 cups vinegar. The color should be pretty and vibrant!
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5. Soak the silks in the dye/vinegar mix for at least 2 minutes.
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 6. Rinse the silks in cold water until the water runs clear.
7. Finally, hang them out to dry!

Want to make rainbow Waldorf play silks?

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 We also tried our hand at making tie dye AND rainbow Waldorf  play silks! To make the rainbow, we just lined the bowls up in order and soaked only areas of the silk to achieve the rainbow coloring. This was a bit tricky, but not too hard at all!
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After you’ve dyed your rainbow, make sure to rinse and hang per the instructions. So gorgeous! And the kids LOVE playing them…
Want to learn how to dye DIY Waldorf play silks?? Follow this easy tutorial to make beautiful rainbow Waldorf play silks and save tons of money!

Want more Waldorf homeschooling inspiration? Read these posts:

Waldorf Homeschooling

Making  Candles

How to Host a Waldorf Solstice Spiral

How to Make a Waldorf Wheat Grass Basket to Welcome Spring

If you make your own DIY Waldof Play Silks or Rainbow Waldorf Play Silks, let me know how it turns out! 

Want to learn how to dye DIY Waldorf play silks?? Follow this easy tutorial to make beautiful rainbow Waldorf play silks and save tons of money!

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Comments

  1. Michelle, I love your blog! We are going to do this! Where did you get the silk? Because I know you did not pay the $10 a yard that JoAnn Fabrics wants for it.
    • Thanks for post!could you're write instructions from board?I'm having trouble seeing exact measurements of step 3 and 4. Did you hem edges for raveling?
      • Hi Justine, Thanks for your comment. I edited the post to make the instructions more clear. They were written out in the post, but I bolded them so hopefully you can see them better now. I did not hem the edges and they did not fray much at all.
  2. Oops, never mind. I saw it on Melanie's blog. (Love your blog too, Melanie.) Your Waldorf Homeschool group sometimes makes me wish I lived close enough to have fun with all of you!
  3. It's a great group. We have a lot of fun. Larae, glad you found the link. Melanie bought an entire bolt of silk which made it much cheaper for us - around $3 a yd I think. A lot of people went together for the purchase. Actually, she got 2 bolts!

    I like the Waldorf philosophy for younger kids a lot. I think we are going with a little more formal academic work for A next year (2nd) grade.
  4. I loved reading this. Your photographs are beautiful! Thank you for being a part of our group.
    As far as Waldorf education goes, there are curriculae available for more formal work. I use Oak Meadow and Live Ed! But really, I figure if you're homeschooling your children will grow up awesome no matter what curriculum you use.
  5. Did you hem the edges of the silk? Where did you purchase it? I'm also wishing I lived near you to join your group!
  6. Hi, I would like to know if these were natural dyes? I bought some but it asks for using alum and cream of tartar :( no vinegar..
  7. Thanks for this! How did you finish the edges of the cut silk to keep it from fraying? That's the part I'm struggling with.
    • We didn't actually do anything to prevent fraying and they honestly didn't fray too badly. We've been playing with the same silks for many years now and they are still pretty good. Good luck to you!

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