Staining Reed Baskets is a great way to add color to an otherwise plain material. It is best to stain the finished basket rather than staining unwoven materials, that way all the cut ends are stained.
• Be sure to cover work area with drop cloth or newspapers.
• It is a good idea to test the stain color you have chosen on a scrap piece of reed.
• Use a foam paintbrush and dab on the stain. Cover small areas at a time.
• You can cut Premium Quality Oil-Based Wood Stain with mineral spirits until it is the consistency you desire. ZAR Water-Based Stain would be thinned with water. You want the stain to be thin enough to brush on without creating a solid stain layer. Again, it is good to test on a scrap piece of reed. You can apply various coats until you get the desired depth of color you prefer.
• You may want to put a thin coat of polyurethane, depending on the look you would like to achieve.