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How to Dye Wood for a Bird Toy

2012-03-20   Views:4

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If you are like many pet bird owners, you may have decided to build your own wooden bird toys. Cutting up a few pieces of wood and purchasing some sisal rope to make your own bird toy will cost considerably less than purchasing a bird toy from a pet

If you are like many pet bird owners, you may have decided to build your own wooden bird toys. Cutting up a few pieces of wood and purchasing some sisal rope to make your own bird toy will cost considerably less than purchasing a bird toy from a pet store. You can dye the wood yourself, making brightly coloured blocks that birds love to chew.

Skill level:Moderately Easy

Things you need

USDA-approved food dye coloursWood blocksLarge bowlsWaterNewspaper or old table coveringLatex gloves

Instructions

1 Choose a USDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approved food dye. These dyes can be found in supermarkets, craft stores that sell baking supplies and online.

2 Cover your workspace with newspaper or an old table covering. Making bird toys can be a fun but messy job. Protect the area that you are working in from permanent staining.

3 Dilute the food dye in a large bowl of warm water. The ratio of water to food dye is dependent on the intensity of the colour you are looking for. It may take some experimenting before you come up with the colour that you want. Start by adding just a few drops of food colouring to the water and stirring with a spoon. Add a few more drops of food colouring, if necessary.

4 Dip the wood in the bowl of diluted food dye and let it sit for several minutes. Rotate the woods with your hands to make sure all sides are covered with the dye. Wear latex gloves to protect your hands from staining.

5 Keep the wood in the dye solution until it reaches the desired colour intensity for your bird toys. The longer you allow the dye to soak into the wood, the brighter the wood will be. Remove the wood from the food dye solution when you are satisfied with the colour and lay it on a white paper towel to dry.

6 Dip the brush in the diluted food dye and use it to colour the wood. Allow the wood to dry on a white paper towel when you are finished.

Tips and warnings

Unsweetened Kool-Aid and Jello are also capable of dying wood and are safe for birds to ingest. However, the colours do not develop as brightly on the wood as the food dye.

Mix-up a few batches of diluted food dye so that you can colour several pieces of wood at the same time.

Dyes that are not considered safe for humans should not be used to colour bird toys for birds.

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