Playsilks Idea

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on January 16, 2008

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Check out this cool tutorial on making your own “Playsilks” for kids. And compare it to the cost of “real” playsilks! The tutorial shows how you can buy undyed silk scarves from Dharma Trading Co, and then dye them at home with with Kool Aide.

Of course, you could go the even more frugal route and just pick up cheapo scarves at the thrift store for a quarter a piece. Princess and Buddy use the plethora of scarves from our dress up box as clothes, animal blankets, ropes, hats, tablecloths. . . well, you get the idea. And imagination, as we all know, is free! Can’t get more frugal than that. . .

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Evelyn January 16, 2008 at 10:43 am

Making your own plsy silks is a super rainy day (winter) activity (Portland, OR)! The kids love it and we love the results (pretty silks, something to do now, something to do later). Dharma has pretty darn good prices too.



MommySecrets January 16, 2008 at 11:31 am

What a fun and beautiful idea! We’ve never done anything like this in my house, so my kids will be thrilled! And I never knew you could tie-dye with koolaid!


kennethsrib January 16, 2008 at 2:04 pm

I have been reading your blog for months, I never remember to comment on things! Sorry about that, I will try to do better in the future!


Anonymous January 16, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Wow, Great ideas!! My daughter loves to dress up. She loves Hannah Montana who wears wigs. It is so great for thier creativity. Annette


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate January 18, 2008 at 7:46 am

Evelyn-I should have know that you’d have done the playsilk thing too! You did that cool tye dye birthday party last year. . .

Mommysecrets-It’s sort of scary that something we feed our kids is strong enough to permenantly dye fabric or yarn isn’t it? You can only use it on natural fibers such as silk, cotton or wool though, it won’t take on polyester or acrylic etc.

Kennethsrib-You know that comments make a blogger’s day :) But don’t worry, I’m happy as long as folks are reading.

Annette-Aren’t dress up boxes great? And Princess is TOTALLY into Hannah too. . . she got a barbie doll and CD from her Auntie this Christmas and LOVES it.


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