DIY Hand-Dyed Twine

DIY Hand-Dyed Twine

If you are any­thing like me, you sim­ply can’t get enough twine. Thick twine, thin twine, striped twine, and col­or­ful twine… Thank­fully, I have fig­ured out a way to hand dye cot­ton twine.

DIY Hand-Dyed Twine


  • Rit fab­ric dye pow­der in your color of choice
  • Cot­ton twine
  • Water
  • Glass jar
  • Mea­sur­ing spoon
DIY Hand-Dyed Twine

Step 1
Add water to your jar. Mea­sure out and mix in your fab­ric dye. The more you use, the darker the color. I used approx­i­mately 1/8th of a tea­spoon per 1/2 cup water for my lighter col­ored twine. For the darker twine, I used 3/4 tea­spoon per 1/2 cup water.

DIY Hand-Dyed Twine

Step 2
Add the cot­ton twine and stir into the dye mixture.

DIY Hand-Dyed Twine

Step 3
Wait at least 5 min­utes. After your cot­ton has been dyed, rinse the twine in cold water to set the color. Lay the twine out to dry. Once it has com­pletely dried, use it to tie up a pretty pack­age or roll it up on a spool.

DIY Hand-Dyed Twine

The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less. I am plan­ning on gift­ing a lit­tle array of twine to my dear­est friends this hol­i­day season!

DIY Hand-Dyed Twine
  • Jean

    Great tuto­r­ial! I would love to know where you got that huge spool of twin though! :)

  • rolothomasi

    I’m going to have to try this. It looks like fun.
    Jean, Ama­zon has twine in all shapes and sizes.

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  • Bliss Fos­ter

    These are great! Adds a really folksy angle to any­thing that it’s used on.