How to Dye Plastic Beads

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How to Dye Plastic Beads
You can dye your own plastic beads. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Coloured plastic beads can be used in crafts, making jewellery, or as decorations on various projects. Dying plastic beads will come in handy if you have multiple beads in one colour, but need a different colour, or if you have clear or white beads that you would like to experiment with. By using household appliances and dye, you can colour your beads whatever colour you need.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Plastic beads
  • Large cooking pot
  • Strainer
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Paper towel
  • Vinegar
  • Powdered dye
  • Whisk

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  1. 1

    Attach the strainer to the large cooking put and fill the pot with water. The water should go past the bottom of the strainer. Make sure to measure how much water you place in the pot.

  2. 2

    Place the pot on a stove, and heat the pot at a medium-high level until the water is boiling.

  3. 3

    Remove the strainer and add 1/2 tbsp of dye and 1/2 tbsp of vinegar for every 5 cups of water in the pot. Mix the ingredients in the pot with a whisk. Stir for about one minute.

  4. 4

    Replace the strainer in the pot, and place the plastic beads in the strainer. Leave the beads in the strainer and check them frequently until they are the colour you want them to be. Leaving the beads in the dye longer will make them a darker shade.

  5. 5

    Remove the strainer from the pot when you are happy with the colour, and rinse them in the sink under lukewarm water.

  6. 6

    Dump the beads on a paper towel and allow them to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Put more dye in the mixture for a darker shade, and less for a lighter shade.
  • Depending on the colour of the original beads, the colour of the new beads may be slightly altered.

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