9.3.11

{how to: lovely ombré napkins}

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. . . while it may still be a little too soon for mid-afternoon picnics, have always loved to plan ahead {just a little}, and what could be lovelier on an early spring day than the prettiest pastel-coloured napkins alongside pink champagne and crème brûlée?


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{you will need:}

* white fabric napkins (it’s nice to have a few extra for testing)
* several glass cups / jars (tall enough to dip the napkins in, one for each color)
* wooden paint stirrers or pencils
* paint brushes
* scrap paper strips (if you have scrap white fabric, even better)
* clothespins
* rubber gloves
* paper towels
* rit fabric dye
{you will need very little dye, so boxes are preferable to the bottle size; choose whatever colours look pretty to you and a range of similar colors if you wish to mix shades}

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{steps:}


1. fold napkin into the shape you want it to be in when it’s finished; clip the top with two clothespins (so you can pick it up later without getting any stray dye on it) then put it aside

2. line kitchen counter with paper towels or other protective gear; fabric dye will stain things like wood and hands, so be certain to wear gloves

3. fill a jar with hot water (roughly to the height you want it on the napkin), then add a pinch of fabric dye; the dye is potent, so use just a few crumbs; stir until the dye is well mixed, then dip a piece of scrap paper to test how dark the dye is; keep mixing dyes until you get a shade you like, testing with paper as you go

4. dip the napkin quickly several times, first with the lightest shade, then mixing the dye darker and dipping again, a little lower on the napkin each time; rest the napkin on paper towels in the sink in between dye sessions; as an alternative, you can also dip a paintbrush into the dye and paint the napkin for a bolder look; the dye is really quite forgiving, so have fun experimenting

5. when all the napkins are finished, air dry flat on the counter

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{p.s.} previous how-to's:
*
a classic english hand-tied bouquet
* a driftwood table lamp
* a side chignon
* a guide to champagne


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{also new today:}
* runway inspiration: valentino, paris
* table for two: meringue-encased lemon cakes


{all images via once wed; instructions via emily at once wed}

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14 Comments:

Blogger Ynna said...

ahh this is brilliant! can't wait to try it out

littleynna.blogspot.com

March 10, 2011  
Blogger Giovanna&Roberta said...

What a great post! So inspiring..!

March 10, 2011  
Blogger TimbarikaDoll said...

so pretty, can't wait for picnics :) xx

March 10, 2011  
Blogger Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

This is so beautiful, what a genius idea! The sun is out today and I'm oh-so ready for picnics in the springtime. :) These pastel napkins look so pretty with the lovely flowers... thank you for this how-to!


Rachel

March 10, 2011  
Blogger Olimpia Elide said...

So elegant! I love this post: It makes me feel Spring in the air ;-)
XOXO
Olimpia

March 10, 2011  
Blogger Amanda said...

What a great tutorial...bookmarking it now :)

March 10, 2011  
Anonymous meenal @ maison marigold said...

wow...that sounds so easy...will make a excellent diy for the weekend with my daughter!! xx meenal

March 10, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mmmm.....really putting me in the mood for spring, roll on long evenings. Lovely post as always! :)

March 10, 2011  
Blogger Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Hi!

This is so delicate and exuberant at the same time! Love it!

Have a great day!!!

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

March 10, 2011  
Blogger elizabeth / sophisticated pie said...

oh my, these are lovely. What a great and simple idea. This DIY is definitely on my to do list. Thanks!!

March 10, 2011  
Blogger Apt. #34 said...

oh my, these are absolutely gorgeous!

March 10, 2011  
Blogger Lalalala Jess said...

I would love to do things like this. Lovely.

March 10, 2011  
Blogger Sarah Allen said...

This is awesome! Thanks for a beautiful blog :)

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

March 10, 2011  
Blogger The Pocket Stylist said...

Oh everything about this table is lovely. Peonies are my fav and the napkins are the icing on this perfectly pastel cake!

March 10, 2011  

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