Give Dead Markers New Life As Dyes & Stains

Give Dead Markers New Life As Dyes & Stains

Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 4, 2010

Although using natural or eco-friendly products to begin with is one way to be green, repurposing and using items to their fullest extent is another. Some items have a little more to give; it just takes a little effort. So when we ran across this method of using dried out markers as dye, our thoughts went just aflutter!

Rosi Jo, a kindergarten teacher from Italy, wasn't crazy about the fact that so many markers end up in the trash can each year. And having worked for several local school systems, I can agree 100%!

She has two daughters and together they decided that more could be done with the dried-up misfits. Their idea is simple: just remove the inside core and place in a jar of warm water. After a little time, the ink will rehydrate and leech back into the jar. You can then dye everything from paper noodles, possibly even ribbon or raffia for assorted craft projects.

Although we're not condoning the eating of the dye (though heavens knows we've probably ingested an entire marker over our lifetime), we think it's a great idea to make something a little unusual with what you have on hand. Check out more of her handiwork over at Rosi Jo.

(Via Creative Jewish Mom. Image: Rosi Jo)

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