Table DIY Style: Bring the Tie-Dye Runway Look Home

diy tie dye napkins

Newsflash! Crisp white napkins at the dinner table are oh so predictable. Go boho the next time you play hostess and fix up your table with a fashion-forward flair (tie dye has overtaken the runways in 2015 resort collections). Here’s how.

diy tie dye napkins

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 pots with lids
  • Measuring cup
  • 14 cups water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 4 Cotton or linen napkins
  • 20 Rubber bands
  • Strainer
  • Stainless steel bowl
  • Spoon or ladle
  • Drying rack
  • Latex gloves (optional)
  • Scissors

diy tie dye napkins

Step 1: Since you’re using a natural dye from berries, you’ll need to help it stick to your fabric. How? Combine ½ cup of salt into a large pot with 8 cups water. Bring to a boil and submerge napkins into the pot, continuing to boil for one hour. After one hour, rinse napkins in running water until the water runs clear.

diy tie dye napkins

Step 2: In another pot, combine 1 part chopped berries with 2 parts water. (I used 3 cups of blueberries with 6 cups of water.) Bring to a boil, and continue to cook at a low boil for one hour.

diy tie dye napkins

Step 3: After one hour, strain the mixture into a stainless steel or glass bowl to remove any skin or seeds. Tip: I used the back of a spoon to push all the extra juice out.

diy tie dye napkins

Step 4: While the napkins are still damp, tie on rubber bands. (I only used five, but you can use more or less, depending on the design you want to make.) Submerge the tied up napkins into the still-warm dye. Leave in the dye for one hour.

diy tie dye napkins

Step 5: Remove from dye, and allow to dry on a rack (a cookie rack works great!) while still tied. Tip: I allowed them to dry overnight before removing the rubber bands with scissors.

Step 6: Remove the rubber bands from the napkins, and iron or steam them to remove any wrinkles. Care tip: Hand wash them!

Photos by Alexis Jonnson

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