Ombre Wooden Spinner with FolkArt Ultra Dye

Thanks to Plaid Crafts for sponsoring today’s post; all opinions are honestly my own.

Friends, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m just a little bit obsessed with the new FolkArt Ultra Dye! I first got to play with it at Plaid Headquarters back in March, and I’ve loved it ever since. Here is my latest project using this super-fun new product…I think you’re going to like it!

Ombre Wooden Spinner with FolkArt Ultra Dye

Ultra Dye is a vibrant, colorful brush on finish for dyeing porous surfaces like unfinished wood, baskets, burlap and
natural fibers. It’s a polymer-based dye that’s self-sealing, so it won’t bleed, leech or rub off like traditional dyes, and it won’t chip or peel either. It comes in 14 different colors, plus you can easily mix and blend them to create your own custom shade or an ombre effect. Here’s how I used it to create a bright and fun wooden spinner for summer! {Note: FolkArt Ultra Dye is intended for indoor use only.}

You Need:
FolkArt Ultra Dye {I used Venom, Emerald City, Tantalizing Teal, Turquoise, Blue Bayou, and Rendezvous}
FolkArt Ultra Dye Paintbrush
Unfinished Wooden Spinner Kit
Disposable Gloves

Prep Step: Cover your work surface with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth to protect it. Also, you’ll want to wear an apron or old clothes just in case of a spill or splatter.

Step 1: Disassemble the spinner and sort into piles for each color.

I had six colors and 32 pieces of wood. I wanted an ombre effect that would start at each end and blend in toward a center point, so I allotted six pieces {three from each end} for every color except for the central one, which got two. It’s important to make sure you take the pieces from both ends if you want to duplicate this design since they vary in size.



Step 2: Put on your gloves and begin applying dye to the wooden pieces using a FolkArt Ultra Dye Brush.

These brushes come in a two pack {1″ and 1 1/2″} and are specially designed to work with the Ultra Dye with soft, Black Taklon® bristles for smooth application. Each pack of brushes also comes with two pairs of disposable gloves, which you will definitely want to use.
Continue working through your wooden pieces, switching colors when necessary until all of them are dyed.


Step 3: Reassemble your spinner by sliding the wooden pieces back on to the long metal piece and twisting the cap back on top.


Step 4: Attach the S-Hook and add any ribbon or string you like for display.

Isn’t that easy?! You can create any design you like for your spinner, including stripes, color blocking, a pattern, or anything else you can imagine. The dye is so easy to control that you can actually stencil with it, believe it or not! As a matter of fact, when I was at Plaid Headquarters, I was even able to hand letter with it. The sky’s the limit!



Step 5: {optional} Seal your project.

As I mentioned earlier, the dye is self-sealing and will give you beautiful, lasting results. However, if you want extra protection, you can apply a coat of FolkArt Ultra Dye Satin Varnish. This super-tough polyurethane varnish has a beautiful satin finish that won’t detract from the beauty of your project at all. Like the Ultra Dye itself, the varnish is water-based, non-toxic, and easily cleans up with soap and water. Another option is to use a spray sealer first, then coat the project with Ultra Dye Satin Varnish.


Even when sealed, Ultra Dye is not intended for outdoor use, so you’ll want to find an indoor spot to display your spinner. If you really want to use it outside, take it out with you on a sunny day for everyone to enjoy, then bring it back in when you return indoors.


What do you think? Is this a project you’d enjoy creating for your home this summer? FolkArt Ultra Dye hits stores near you this month; it’s a brand new product and it creates such gorgeous results!


Be sure to check out my dyed jewelry box project too, as well as connecting with Plaid on their Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and blog for more FolkArt UltraDye inspiration!



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  1. I love this! I’ve always wanted a little spinny guy for the backyard and I love how you added some flair to it!

  2. My Grandma always had these spinners on her porch. I didn’t realize you could buy a kit and make one. I would love to do this. Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

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  5. On this very theme, I would like to paint the ‘arms’ of my garden colors in ombre so that it spins through colors appearing to a moving (blur)gradient of color. Any ideas? Thanks!

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