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Ombre Napkin DIY

Napkins are always a fun and easy way to add color and texture to any tablescape. This dip dye DIY is a great project you can do at home in less than an hour (depending on how many napkins you’re dyeing). I love dip dyeing! It is so hard to mess up because even the mistakes look intentional. Before beginning to dye, here are the items you will need.

I was only dyeing six napkins, so the amount of water and dye you use is dependent on the quantity of material. I used 4 cups of water, one cup of Rit Liduid Dye in fuchsia and two tablespoons of kosher salt. It is easy to adjust the color by adding more dye if you find it looks too watery.

Step One: Once the dye has been prepared in your bucket, slowly dip folded napkins halfway in until they are slightly overlapping at the bottom. Let stand for five minutes. I found it helped to keep a wooden spoon in the bowl to keep the material submerged.

Step Two: After the napkins have sat for approx. five minutes, going one by one, carefully hold the top and begin to dip the napkin lower into the liquid. Once all are completed, let sit for three more minutes. You will start to see an ombre effect from the different amount of time being submerged.

Step Three: I could only fit four napkins in the bucket at a time, as I was trying to keep the undyed area super clean. In this step I transferred the original four napkins to a clean bowl (leaving the white part draped over the edge) and then repeated steps one and two for the remaining two napkins.

Step Four: After all napkins have gone through the dye process let stand for twenty minutes, then gently rinse in the sink. Open each napkin and transfer to a large towel or butcher paper. I left mine out in the sun to dry completely and waited a full 24 hours before washing.

After a few washes the bright pink color fades a bit, but the end result is a pretty, soft ombre!

  1. Alexa Johnson

    April 4th, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Such a great idea for hosting !

  2. Chrissy McDonald

    April 4th, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Thank you Alexa!! They are so much fun to make!

  3. Michael Rodriguez

    May 11th, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Are the napkins 100% cotton or could you use a cotton blend?

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