Thouroughly Inspired Thursday: Ombre Napkins

So I have been styling the reception look for an upcoming modern wedding and was stuck on what I wanted to do with the napkin. I was out shopping and saw a super cute ombre t-shirt and it made me think "how cool would an ombre colored napkin be"! SO - the minute I got home I started to research DIY ideas to help me bring this to life. I am going to try it out over the weekend. I cant wait!


Check out the run down from Once Wed:

You can pick up RIT fabric dye at your local Michael’s/JoAnn’s/ACMoore. You won’t need a lot, so buy the boxes of dye (as opposed to the bottle size). Choose whatever colors look pretty to you.

Other supplies you will need are:
-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
-cheap paintbrushes
-scrap papers strips (if you have scrap white fabric, that’s even better)
-rubber gloves
-LOTS of paper towels.

Fold your 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.

Make sure your kitchen counter is lined with paper towels or other protective gear. Fabric dye will stain things like wood and hands, so put on your gloves!

Fill a jar with hot water (roughly to the height you want it on the napkin), then add a pinch of fabric dye. This stuff is potent, so i’m talking just a few crumbs! Stir it until the dye is well mixed, and then dip in a piece of scrap paper to test how dark the dye is. Keep mixing dyes until you get a shade you like, and test with paper as you go.

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. Just rest the napkin on paper towels in your sink in between dye sessions. Also, you can dip the paintbrush in the dye and paint on the napkin to get extra emphasis. The dye is really forgiving, so have fun experimenting!

When they’re done, they can air dry, flat on the counter.

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