Funk up your dining room! Pink and black tie dye table cloth
We’ve been very lucky this winter and it seems like spring already arrived. (Fingers crossed, knock on wood…) Unfortunately, here in Calgary it always takes a while for the beautiful spring blossoms to bloom. So I decided to do something about the drab colours around here and funk up my dining room!
Every now and then someone asks me if they can donate their vintage fabrics to me as I use them for my Maple And Oak accessory line. This time the lovely Lindsay of Cinder & Sage who makes the loveliest vintage inspired jewellery, had a couple of old ties, table cloth and napkins for me. They were white but had a few irremovable food stains on them. What to do?
Well, I used fabric dye & fabric spray paint to transform them into the funkiest table cloth. Pink, black and gold. Such a seriously fun colour combination! So, how did I do it?
- Make sure you’ve got everything you need: Table cloth, fabric napkins, fabric dye & fabric spray paint (I used the brand Tulip that you can get at Michael’s), salt, a big pot (I used my wok), elastics, cardboard, scissors and a pencil.
- Use the elastic to tie your fabric in half. I took the middle of the fabric and had the four corners hang to the ground, so my fabric looked like cute little ghosts. That way the dye will create a circle in the middle of the big fabric square.
- Heat up some water on your stove and dissolve the salt (look for exact amounts on your fabric dye package). Add one colour of the dye. Of course I had to start with my favourite colour: pink!
- Dunk one side of the fabric into the dye, approximately up to the elastic. After about 30 to 45 minutes, take the fabric out and rinse it with cold water. Also rinse the pot well.
- And do the same with the other colour and other half of the fabric.
Oh, yummy: Fabric-dye soup! Every once in a while I stirred the whole thing and moved the fabric around so the dye would get into all the nooks and crannies.
Once everything is rinsed and clean, hang your table cloth and napkins to dry. Make sure to wring out the fabric well so you don’t have all colourful water drip over your floors. Doesn’t this already look super neat?
While your fabric is drying, you’ve got some time to think about what you want to do next and prepare everything. I wanted to spray little golden hearts into the corners of my table cloth and napkins. Obviously, I needed stencils. So I drew a big and a small heart onto my piece of cardboard and cut them out. Pretty simple, isn’t it?
Once your fabric is dry, I suggest you move your work space into the great outdoors as the spray paint stinks pretty bad and you don’t want to give yourself a headache. The next steps are as easy as it looks:
- Take your spray can, shake it well.
- Place the stencil where you want your decorations to be.
- Spray. My cardboard was pretty small, so some of the paint went over the cardboard but I figured that you can never have too much gold or glitter! If you don’t think so, just use a bigger cardboard to prevent the colour from ending up where you don’t want it.
- Aaaand, let it dry again! Done.
I’m really excited with how my table cloth turned out, the whole dining room looks so much brighter! As I’m not using the napkins everyday, I used one of them as a mini table cloth for a little side table. So, so pretty. One more thing: you might want to iron your table cloth and napkins as they get pretty crinkled and wrinkled during the whole procedure.
Now, I just need to find a reason to invite all my friends over and have a dinner party. I hope you enjoyed my little project & if you tried it as well: how did your turn out? I’d really like to see!
With love from the Maple And Oak Diaries,