When I found out you could actually make your own wood stain I was stoked! The ones at the store are great and all but they're always so greasy, they smell, and I'm never able to find the perfect color. I love this stain because it's a nice walnut color... My favorite!
Things you'll need:
0000 Super fine steel wool - You can find this at Hobby Lobby and I believe Walmart has it as well
Distilled white vineger
Pull apart a few pieces of the steal wool and put it in a mason jar. Add vinegar and let it sit for at least three days with the lid off. This will allow the mixture to oxidize. The steel wool should dissolve in the vinegar. Shake it around, and it's ready to use! Simple right!? The hardest part is waiting before you can use it.
If you want a darker richer look, make some black tea and apply it to the wood before the stain. The tannins in the tea create a stronger reaction to the stain and the wood. I've only used it on pine so I'm not sure how it looks on different types of wood, but experiment, and let me know!
I wish I had a better picture but this is a growth chart I was working on for my son and the only picture I have of the stain. Anyway, good luck and happy staining!
Have you made your own stain before? How did it turn out?