How to Dye Plexiglas

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Use dyed Plexiglas to create faux stained glass.
Use dyed Plexiglas to create faux stained glass. (Image: Ignasi Martín Grau/iStock/Getty Images)

Plexiglas is used in craft projects, jewelry making and cosplay costume making. It is versatile, durable and customizable. Dying Plexiglas gives you the ability to select the color, the depth of hue and to match other mediums in your projects. Tinted Plexiglas is available but it costs more – and is only available in a limited amount of colors. With fabric dye, you can make your projects more vibrant with custom colors.

Things You'll Need

  • Plexiglas
  • Powdered fabric dye
  • Hot water
  • Pot
  • Rubber gloves
  • Large plastic spoon
  • Tongs
  • Bowl
  • Dish soap
  • Paper towels

Select a pot that is big enough for your piece of Plexiglas. Use a large enough pot so the piece can be easily submerged, but not any larger.

Fill the pot with hot water. Set the pot on the stove and turn the burner to a medium setting. Put on your rubber gloves.

Pour the packet of powdered dye it into the pot. Use a large plastic spoon to stir the dye until it has dissolved.

Wait for the dye to steam and form small bubbles on the surface. Use the tongs to lower the Plexiglas pieces into the dye.

Leave the pieces in the dye for 10 minutes. For a richer color, you can dye for longer. Check the Plexiglas by quickly lifting them out of the dye with the tongs.

Prepare a bowl of warm soapy water while the pieces are dying. Add dish soap to a bowl that is large enough to hold the Plexiglas. Fill with water.

Lift the pieces out of the pot with the tongs when your desired color has been achieved. Turn off the stove.

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Place the Plexiglas pieces in the bowl of soapy water.

Lift the pieces out with the tongs and run under cool water. Lay the dyed Plexiglas on paper towels to dry.

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