Hand Dyed Ombre Napkins/Placemats & Centerpiece // Home Decor DIY

Hand Dyed Ombre Napkins/Placemats & Centerpiece // Home Decor DIY

Hi there! Lindsay here, the Frugal Crafter.
Today we’re gonna do some home decor projects, and we’re going to be using
supplies from the Annie’s Creative Woman Kit of the Month Club. I’m gonna show you
how to make these fun placemats and napkins. I have never done ombre dying
before and it was so fun, and I am so pleased with how they came out. And then
we are going to do a centerpiece project. We’ve got some wooden letters and icons
so you can swap out the “O” icon for whatever season it is, so that’s a lot of
fun too. I’m going to share some tips and tricks and the best part about these
projects that I’m going to show you today is that you can do them too. Now
you can sample the best crafting has to offer, you’ll experience an amazing
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Everything you need, except basic supplies like scissors and glue, along
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$9.99 plus postage and processing, you’ll save 50% off the regular price. So are you
ready to try one of these, or two of these fun projects with me today? Well let’s go
to the table and get started. The first project we’re going to work on today is
the hand dyed napkins and placemats and you get everything you need except for a
plastic spoon and the bin obviously – to dye your project in in the Annie’s
Creative Woman Lot of the Month Club, and you also get a an instruction manual
that you can always keep for future projects, if you really love this
technique you could keep a binder with all of your projects in them so that you
can refer to them later. There’s three different options that you can do, but I
really loved this kind of ombre dip dyed look and I thought it was pretty because
it looked almost like an abstract winter landscape, so I thought it would be kind
of nice to have this time of year. so what we’re going to do first is mix up
the dye and I’ve got a half a gallon of warm water here that I’m going to pour
it into my bin, and this is just a dishpan, and this is the dish
pan I use anytime I need to dye anything and I just, you know, make sure I wipe it
down after and before any project just to
make sure there’s no residual ink or dye in there. You want to put on your gloves
before you do any sort of dying because it’ll stain your hands and if it does
happen, then next time you wash your hair the dye will come out or you could use
like a lava soap or something with a little pumice in it that can get out that
stuff, and also wear old clothes and protect your work surface with some
paper so that you don’t stain anything up, because things will probably splash a
little bit, so now I’m going to pour the indigo dye into the water, you can see
activating already, and I’m gonna stir it up with this plastic spoon, it’s a good
idea to use something that you have only for our purposes or that’s disposable
for this, so that way you don’t have to worry about getting any chemicals into
your food that you cook with or your pots and pans we cook with. Although
a lot of people do, they’re dying with like stainless steel pots so they can
just heat up the water on the stove and whatnot, just make sure you give it a
really good clean. Plastic’s a little more porous so it would be a little more
careful with that, so that’s why I’m using just a plastic spoon, once
you have that all stirred up and you can see there’s no more residue in
the water and everything’s dissolved, you can prepare your fabric, so what you’re
gonna do is take your fabric and you’re going to fold it so, I’m gonna just move
this bucket out of the way for a second so I don’t end up dropping
it in the dye, and I had some dye on my… I must have had some on my
gloves, so you want to be careful about that, make sure your hands are clean
before you do this. Aactually I would do all this before you started the dye,
which I did with my other pieces, but I wanted to show you,
so you’re gonna fold it in half twice. For the placemats you want to fold it so
you have it, this is the width the way you’re going to be dipping one side in,
so through the whole length of the placemat you’re going to have color and
then you want to do the same to the place to the napkin just fold it in
quarters, and I think this is a pretty artsy technique, and I have the
other ones already folded, so even if you do get a little stray dye I don’t think
it’s gonna be a big deal, so then what you’re going to do is take your folded
cloths and you are going to dip them into the dye
and hang the the rest over the edge, so that’s why you kind of need to fold it
so you can fit all these pieces in the dye at one time, and because we
wet the fabric beforehand, I had all wet fabric here, and all of that information
is in your brochure that you get. It’ll tell you whether you want to work on the
fabric dry or wet, since we wet it before it’s actually going to help wick up the
the dye here and if you want it more blue than white you can put more into
the water if you want it less blue you can drape less into the water, so I’ve
never done this before, so I’m doing about the bottom third into the dye and
I’m leaving the other two-thirds kind of out of the dye because I I think it’s
gonna wick up about halfway up the napkin if I do that, and so we’re
gonna set this aside and let that dry, let that kind of soak in a bit. The
longer you let it sit in the dye the stronger the dye is going to be, and I’m
just gonna quickly look at my take my gloves off and look at my brochure and
see how long they want us to soak that for. I love that they have
really clear and concise directions, it says let’s sit for 20 minutes, so after
that we’re going to be doing like a just a load of wash by itself. Wash it, dry it,
and then they will be set to go and you’ll see the finished project. I
thought this next project would go really well with the dip dyed napkins,
and this is a decoration, now you got the word “home” and then for the “o” you have a
winter, spring, summer, or fall icon that you can use for the “o” in the
word, and I thought this would be really pretty as a centerpiece with our napkins,
so the first thing you need to do with this project is to gently sand them. Now
these actually came very very smooth but I think the edges you might want to get, just so that your paint will go on smoother. The first step is you just want
to go through and sand all of your pieces. To get the acrylic paint ready to
use, you’re going to flip your cap over and you know, push that point into the
neck of the the tube, so I’m going to squirt out most of this black. I’m gonna
leave a little bit in there for detailing and touching up, and I’m gonna
go ahead and start base coating my letters, and in the brochure it’ll tell
you how to paint each of these different icons if you want to paint it just like
they did, or you could use supplies from your own stash like pattern scrapbook
paper, and you could do your own thing. Just try to give it a really nice even
coat and if you did have larger brushes on hand, you could always use that to get
the larger areas done, but these brushes included are great for getting the
details and also for kind of getting in those nooks and crannies, and they’re
perfectly suitable for base coating all of the items as well. I
personally just like a bigger brush so I’ll probably switch over to that in a
minute. so go ahead and base coat your all of your pieces. If while you’re
base coating you realize you want to have a distressed edge, or you want to
just kind of get a variegated tone to something, you can go ahead and do that
right into the wet paint, like I’m going to do for this birdhouse. I’m just gonna
kind of drag with long smooth strokes some of this white paint in here, and I
want to do that while the paint’s wet, that way I’ll get a nice blended kind of
a shabby chic look. Another thing you can do after your base coat is dry if you
want to have a distressed look, is go back to the sand paper and sand some of
the paint off the edges, again that’s completely up to you and what you like
for your decor. After your base coating is dry you can go in and add either
additional coats if your objects need it, or you can go in and add the other
colors that your design might require, so here I am doing a layer of brown over my
layer of grey for the acorn. Now I want to show you this because this is kind of important with the design. Half of this is the cap and half is the
nut of the acorn, so an easy way to do that is to make a curved line, and I
think a curved line looks a little bit nicer than going straight across, because
then you get that feeling of the acorn being rounded, so I know in the
pattern in the kit it has it going straight across
because that’s easy, but if you put a little curve on that line it’s just
gonna be a little bit more realistic looking, and I think they probably
just do a straight line because if you’ve never painted before, you know,
they want to keep it as easy as possible. But I know you can handle it, so just a
little curved line is gonna make it look a lot more realistic and a lot more
rounded. Now if I want a subtle look I will go right into the wet paint with my
overlay color like I did here, cuz I just wanted to kind of a tone on tone look to
the top of that acorn, and I’m gonna show you how I did it. This side is still
wet, so I’m using my round brush and I’m dipping it in the paint and giving a
little twist, so I can kind of make a little bit of a point, and then I’m gonna
put my first line about an inch in from the edge. I’m gonna go right up to the
edge of that little stem there and I’m gonna have to reload every time,
because my brush is gonna pick up so much of the the extra paint unless I’m
just doing a really really short line. I don’t want to go into the stem, I’ll
stop short and then I’m going to start from the end of each of these lines and draw my little lines out, and I could put one
more up there if I wanted to, but you know just try to keep it like that, and
then this tone on tone if you decide you wanted them darker later, you can do that
by going over with another coat of the gray. Don’t be afraid to try something
new whenever you are working on a craft
project. I thought it’d be really fun to use a stencil I already had to make this
flower, so I’m gonna start off with some of this blue. Tap it on my paper that I am protecting
my table with, and I am going to have in my stash already, so you could do any sort
of like doily stencil or stencil anything like that, that has kind of a
round design, that will look really nice. I’m gonna grab some of this white and
hopefully this looks cool. I have no idea how it’s gonna look but I think
it will be kind of fun, and my kitchen’s blue, so that’s kind of why I wanted to
do this. The pattern in the kit was like to make your own black and yellow design
and I really didn’t care for that so much. I did miss a little spot, so I want
to touch it up so I’m like you know what I’ll make it so matches my kitchen, there
we go, and then I thought it’d be cool to instead of using instead of like
painting a center to use some punches so I have a couple punches right here that
I just got from some scrapbook paper, and I’m just gonna glue those down. I think I
will kind of darken the edges of my flower here a little bit, first for
my little scalloped circle and then just glue it down. I think that would be super
cute, and then once that dries I’ll do it to the other side. If you want you can
distress the edges or you could cover it with a little trim if you wanted to. For
the snowflake you are going to want to brush a generous coat of glue or Mod
Podge, whatever you like to use as an adhesive, make sure it’s one that dries
clear or I guess it could dry white since your snowflake’s white, and you
want to give it a really good coat and then you are going to sprinkle on your
glitter, you’re gonna have to do one side at a time, so I try to get one side and
the edges done, and then when you do the other side after the first side is dry
you’ll be able to touch up any edges that didn’t get that much sparkle, so I’m
just carefully trying not to, I want to make sure also that because I have paint
on my fingertips, I want to make sure that I don’t stick my fingers in any of
that glue or the paint will stick to the glue and get on my snowflake, so you
probably also want to wash your hands before you begin this. Now you want to
work on a piece of paper or a plate or something like that, where you can
collect your glitter to make sure you have enough, and then you’re just gonna
use the glitter that comes in the kit and sprinkle over that. It’s so pretty
and shiny, and that way since you’re working on
some paper you’re gonna be able to collect whatever glitter you don’t use
for the other side, because you’re probably gonna end up dumping all of it
just to get one side and the edge, now something else I wanted to show you
really quick is my drying rack that I made, and what I did was I took two
pieces of foam core and I stuck a bunch of straight pins in it, like sewing pins,
and then I can set anything that I have that I’m drying on there and the only
thing that’s gonna touch are the tips of these sewing pins, and they don’t stick and they don’t leave a mark, so that’s how I
made my drying rack. I use that anytime I have to work on like small painted
things, like ornaments, so I don’t end up kind of messing up the paint while it’s
drying. The glitter on one side you wanna just want to gather up the glitter on
your piece of paper and try to dump it back in the bag as best you can, maybe
even help to fold it a little bit and that way you’ll have plenty for the
other side of your project. You might even have some left over for another
project. There, see all that I was able to collect? No need to waste it. Here’s a tip
for making a perfect circle on your birdhouse. Remember the punch-out that we
used for this? Well I used a paper punch, this is the one I have right here. I used
that paper punch to punch out that yellow circle for my flower, and I
thought, you know what, that would be a perfect stencil, so what you’re gonna do
is just take the cardstock or pattern paper that you punched your
circle out of, and line it up on your house and then use a makeup sponge or a
stencil brush, whatever you have, to stencil on the brown paint, and that’s
the easiest way to get a circle. And there we have it, and then set that aside
to dry. I didn’t worry about painting the roof perfectly because I’m actually
gonna find some scrapbook paper to decoupage that area. I decided I wanted a
rustic look on these letters, so I’m going to show you how to distress these
really easily, and don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect, because the less
perfect it looks, the better it’s gonna look, so I’m
using a fan brush and you probably have one of these around the house. If not, any
old kind of scruffy brush, maybe a brush that’s seen better days will work
really good for this technique. What you want to do is just get paint on the
bristles, just the tips of the bristles and then you’re gonna dab off any extra,
and then I recommend practice on the edges of the letters, because usually the edge grains going to be a little bit rougher, so it’s not gonna grab that
much paint anyway, so that will just kind of give you a feel for how much to press
with your brush, and this is really fun to do for any sort of decor project that
you might have, maybe you have like a wooden box that you’re painting
or something. I’m just tapping, reloading and tapping off, you know, something where
you just want to do a little home decor piece, this is a great technique for that.
Then I like to lay this flat down and you can kind of see the distressing that
I have there, and then I just lay it flat down and I just drag the brush across.
You can drag it across the opposite way as well, and catch your wood grain a
little differently, but you basically want it to look kind of like it’s been
sitting in an old barn and just getting kind of weathered and you know, just kind
of neglected over the years that’s what we’re going for kind of worn and
weathered you can also use sandpaper to sand back the black like I mentioned at
the beginning of the video, but I just love this, it’s a little bit easier
than sanding for me, and I think gives you a really nice result, so there’s that.
Just like with our flower we’re gonna do some decoupaging on our roof here, and
what I did was I just took a scrap of patterned paper and just cut some strips
about a half inch wide, and I am going to make a little, just a little
roof, I just want to cut them to length and if you want you can distress the end
so that they’re a little bit more, you know, rustic looking
but that’s completely up to you. I think that looks pretty good just the way it
is, but if you feel like you want a little darker on there you can, and I’m
gonna use the same glue that I used for my snowflake to get the
on there, and I’m gonna give it a coat. What you want to do is you want to put
that on the area where you want to glue it. and then you also want to put it on
the back of the paper that you want to glue, this is just a basic decoupage
technique. We used like a thicker cardstock on the flower and just hot glued it,
so this is gonna make sure that we get a really good bond here, cause you really
want to make sure that’s gonna seal down and then you’re actually going to go
over the top of it with another coat. I’m actually gonna try this over on this
side because I think I might have cut this piece for this edge. I’m not sure if
they’re any different. but there we go. a little bit long. there do this one right
here on the other side. and then I probably follow up and give the entire
piece a coat of of the same glaze. the same a Mod Podge. That way you’ll have a
uniform Sheen all the way and then you’ll just repeat that on the other
side, now you don’t have to match it. I think the more mismatched that you get
the more I’m kind of boho or country theme you’ll have, so just make it match
your decor in your home. Once your wooden pieces are dry you can display them
wherever you want, you put them on your table for a centerpiece or put them on
your mantle, they’re gonna be cute wherever you decide to display them. I
wanted it going really quick and tell you how to finish your napkins and
placemats. It’s really easy so you can let the die
set longer than 20 minutes if you want a darker color, you can actually pull it
out of the water a little bit more or out of the die a little bit more, and get
the ends a little darker if you want to, it’s completely up to you. Or even
submerge them a little deeper and get a wider band of that middle color so
you play with that technique, leave it in I would say probably up to an hour.
I probably wouldn’t go any further than that and then once you’ve decided that you have
dyed it as dark as you want, what you want to do is rinse the napkins and
placemats under cold water, and what I do is I actually hold it so I’ve got the
lighter color up top near the faucet, and letting the water roll down it and that
way it’s gonna pull the dye out and it’s not going to backwash onto the the white
top, so the light color tops. Once you see that the water is running clear, then
what you want to do is just do a small cold load of laundry in your washing
machine with a regular detergent, and just a little bit, though or you could
use Woolite if you have that, and just wash it and dry it as normal, and then
you’re gonna want to press it because it will be wrinkly, especially if you don’t
dry it all the way, you can starch these if you want to. I starched a couple, but
then my spray… I’ve never starched a thing in my, life let me tell you that, but my
can of starch, which could be at 20 years old, I don’t know, just clogged up. So it
doesn’t really need starching. I did for some of them I can’t really tell the
difference between the ones I did and didn’t, but I would give them a good
press that first time because the heat from an iron, it just gives you a little
added benefit of locking the dye into the fabric, so just to give you a little
extra security, plus it’s gonna look really sharp when you put them out on
your table and you can impress everybody with your fancy dyeing skills. I thank
you so much for watching today. If you would like some more information on how
you can subscribe to the Annie’s Creative Woman Kit of the Month Club, and it’s not
just for women, anybody can join, and how you can make fun projects like this, I
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18 thoughts on “Hand Dyed Ombre Napkins/Placemats & Centerpiece // Home Decor DIY

  1. Oooooo I love the dying technique. I can see me using this and making some nice pink napkins ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you for the video xx

  2. I want to buy a good watercolor color set that is good for most of the tecnics, especially to use on portrait and botanical, but most of the brand aren't available where I live so I would have to buy when a travel and I wouldn't be able set up a pallette by buying individual tubes so I would like to know a set that you recommend.

  3. I love the ombrรฉ linens you did! Another idea for drying projects is to use the white plastic things that come in pizza boxes to hold the covers off the pie.

  4. I love the dyed napkins & placemats. Thanks for another great demo & all your tips & your happiness is infectious. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  5. Thank you for the video! I also think these kits are a great way to try new things without spending a fortune on something before knowing whether you want to pursue it or not. Excellent ideas with taking the projects a step further with detail. Always look forward to your tutorials!

    Just wanted to share that yesterday I got a small set of watercolor pencils that were on sale with a water brush. I've wanted to try this for months now. I stamped some images on an old watercolor pad I got handed down and had so much fun working the colors until they smoothed and blended. Looking very forward to exploring more of this technique and I loved the vids for it. Thanks!

  6. Lindsay… you are so clever! I love your drying rack idea and your added creativity to the wooden home project! Everything looks so fun and turned out so nicely! I want to order some new acrylic brushes… any recommendations for projects like what you are doing? Thanks for all these videos!๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  7. Great craft but if you are using a true Indigo dye there are details you missed. The most important is that your dye pot will not last if you mix in lots of oxygen. Oxygen kills the colour so you need to gently mix in the colour, wear a mask and gently add the fabric to the dye pot.

  8. I don't think I have ever dyed anything so this was very useful Lindsay. Also I liked your DIY drying rack made out of pins. :O)

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