This tutorial is generously illustrated by my good friend Phee McFaddell! Please visit her online at pheemcfaddell.com for wonderful faerie projects, coloring pages and stories!! To find the free dragon ornament pattern that goes along with this tutorial there is a link on the bottom of the page. These images are copyrighted by pheemcfaddell.com and used with permission from the artist.
Kool Aid (un-sweetened in what ever colors you want)
Natural undyed wool felt
A pan and cups
A bit of White vinegar
Heat enough hot water to presoak the felt in a flat container and fill as many cups as you want for dye colors.
1. Fill a flat container with hot water and soak the wool felt for 5 minutes. Be careful!
2. While the wool is soaking pour the remaining hot water into 8 Oz. cups.
The more Kool Aid you put into the cup the more vibrant the color will end up,
the more water you have, the softer the color will be. Stir to dissolve.
3. Add 1 Tablespoon of vinegar to each cup. Be sure to use non-sweetened Kool Aid.
4. After your 5 minutes are up squeeze any excess water from the felt and place
in an oven proof pan. You can use a roller or towel to help remove the water.
Now pour the color mixtures over the felt in spots and let the colors bleed together.
You can also sprinkle the dry crystals on the felt and rub them into the wool.
If the spots get too bright just add a little water. You might use a contrasting color
for the tummy and head spike.
5. After the felt is cooked, rinse it in cool water and put in the washer
on the spin cycle only. Then you can dry it in the dryer. If you find the felt
sticks together just pull it apart.
Have an adult iron it lightly on the wool steam setting to remove any wrinkles you do not want, or press heavily to flatten the felt.
The Wool Felt is ready to make the Dragon.