This project was inspired by this pin from the sweet Ruffled blog. They used strips of cotton muslin to create beautiful dip-dyed ribbon for packages, but I thought it'd be fun to to try with paper. The supplies couldn't be any easier or cheaper...large roll of white streamers and food coloring...both from the Dollar Store.
Since our party used a rainbow color scheme, I divided the large roll of crepe paper into several smaller rolls. Using a very concentrated mixture of dye (just a tiny splash of water), dip the edges in the color, allowing it to soak through all the layers.
Gently squeeze out some of the excess liquid, and lay on a protected surface to dry. Ignore the crass comments your husband makes when he sees your creations. He'll realize you're genius soon enough.
Then just unroll and use as you normally would. We taped them to the wall in a criss-cross pattern over the food table. Smile politely when your husband says, "I didn't know where you were going with those babe, but now they look cool!" Resist the urge to scream, "In yo face!" or "Wait until you see what color I'm painting the Dining Room!"
They are a subtle accent, but I love it. And I was able to achieve a rainbow look with a single package of streamers, instead of buying six different colors.
And since I had the dye out, I tried it on the tissue paper puffs, too (from Michaels).
Fold the tissue paper according to instructions, then dip the ends in the dye. I experimented with soaking some longer with a larger section of paper, and others just the tips. TWSS I also dipped each end in a different color.
It took two days for these to fully dry, but the tissue pulled apart easily to create the puffs.
The tissues that soaked longer in the dye are more vivid and have a cool ombre effect, but the others are fun, too, with just the edges colored.
Thanks Ruffled and Pinterest for the great idea! Have you dip-dyed anything? I'm looking around for more stuff to dunk! And have I piqued your interest on my Dining Room walls? Check back tomorrow....
And since I found my inspiration on Pinterest, I'm sharing this with the Pinterest Challenge Summer Edition, over at Michelle, Kate, Sherry and Katie's.