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DIY Bunny Toys: Beginners guide to dyeing wood with food colouring

Simple and quick guide intended to only be a starting point for using food colouring to dye parts for pet rabbit toys

Food colouring used to dye wood and other pet toy parts

You will need:

  • Food Colouring

  • Large strong zip lock bag

  • Drying Tray

  • Rubbing Alcohol (optional)


  1. Mix food colouring and small amount of water in a zip lock bag, aiming to have just enough liquid to coat all the wooden parts you want to dye

  2. If you used a gel food colouring, hold the bag up to a light and make sure it has dissolved completely.

  3. Add the wooden parts you want to colour into the bag

  4. Close the bag securely

  5. Softly shake and manoeuvre the bag to coat the wood with colour, which should take less than 30 seconds.

  6. Drain wood and set on rack to dry

  7. For even colour, make sure liquid does not pool at the base and turn parts often at first and then gradually less until wood is dry to touch

  8. To prevent mould, wait until parts are completely dry before putting away

Cocktail while colouring wooden toy parts

For now, thats the basic gist of colouring toy parts. Same method applies many materials such as vine, sisal & loofah.

You will get a feel for it, the more you do it. Will discuss some of the finer points in a future post. Cheers!


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