How-to: Make DIY Ice Dye Napkins

This weekend I’m having a few gal pals over for an end of summer boho chic backyard picnic, and I’m so excited to be sharing the details of these DIY Ice Dye Napkins inspired by Anthropologie’s 2016 Summer Window Displays!

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  • Fabric (linen or cotton)
  • Fiber Reactive Procion dyes (2-3 colors) {available at most art supply stores}
  • Soda ash
  • Ice
  • Plastic tub
  • Cooling rack
  • Plastic spoons
  • Rubber gloves
  • Dust mask

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The steps below are followed exactly by Anthropologie’s step-by-step instructions on how to achieve this beautiful look! 

Wash Fabric – before getting started wash the fabric to ensure all dirt and oils are removed.

Activate Fabric – soak fabric in soda ash for 15 minutes to activate fabric so that it permanently accepts the dye. Use 1 cup of soda ash to 1 gallon of water.

Place on cooling rack  – lightly scrunch or twist fabric and place on the center of a cooling rack within plastic tub. The more you manipulate the fabric, the more texture the dye will create.

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Cover with ice – make sure that fabric is completely covered with ice for the best results.

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Sprinkle with dye – wearing a dust mask, lightly and unevenly sprinkle dye powder over ice. Try multiple colors for a more complex results (we used red, orange and yellow).

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Wait – cover tub with an old sheet or plastic, and let sit overnight until ice is completely melted.

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Rinse – rinse fabric well in cold water until the water runs clear. Wash it one more time with a mild detergent before use!

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Finished! Let it dry, give it a quick iron, and you have a beautiful ice-dyed textile ready to become a throw or made into a pillow. The possibilities are endless.

See original post from Anthropologie here

For our backyard soiree, we are cutting the cloth to create napkins for the tablescape. My beautiful friend, Jeni from Visual Narrative Design, not only took the lead on this beautiful creation for the napkins, but will also be teaching us how to pull together a floral centerpiece from foliage readily available from the yard!

In next week’s post I’ll be sharing how to recreate this boho chic backyard picnic using a bunch of stuff you already have laying around the house. Including floral tips from Jeni on how to make your own centerpieces! Ice Dye 1

Be sure to follow along on Instagram as I’ll be sharing some behind-the-scenes snaps of our fun night in on Friday!

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