DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins

Time: 30 minutes + wash time
Materials: cotton napkins, rubber bands, bleach, bucket, gloves, sink + washer

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)I’ve recently been obsessing over all the indigo dyeing tutorials floating around lately, when it hit me. Why not try a similar technique, but with bleach so it can be used on colored cloth? I wasn’t sure how it’d turn out when I started, but I’m pretty happy with the results. This process is great if you want to give old or stained napkins new life. Plus it only takes about thirty minutes to do a full set. What’s not to love about that?!! Here’s how:

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)Fold your napkins and tie together with rubber bands, similar to what you would do with shibori dyeing. If you haven’t tried that before, this tutorial is great! I found that the triangle fold worked the best for this process; the final purple napkin you see is actually the navy blue one in the photo above.

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)Do the following process, one napkin at a time:

Dip napkin into the bucket that contains diluted bleach. I recommend wearing gloves for this step to avoid bleach getting into any cuts on your hand (or having your hands stink for the rest of the day). Wring out and set aside. Once you notice the color starting to turn, takes about 1-2 minutes, rinse immediately and toss in the wash. The longer you let the bleach set, the more faded your napkin will be. The design won’t be as noticeable if you should leave the bleach on for too long, so you’ll want to be present during the entire process.

Once your napkins are clean, iron and then use!

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)

 

Friday Links!

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The day we’ve been waiting for is finally here– it’s Friday y’all! Whether you plan on spending the next few days traveling, barbecuing, or just catching up on some much needed sleep, here are some links you won’t want to miss!

- Just the cutest diy napkins!

- Must find a rotary phone ASAP.

- Looks like I’m going to need another house plant.

- Now this is a party I’d want to be invited to!

- Absolutely swooning over this dresser makeover.

- This side table makeover is also pretty dang cute.

- Completely mind blowing and a bit disgusting.

Have a great long weekend everyone!

xo
Rachel

 

Currently Reading: Autobiographical Essays by amazing women

6 must- read books by amazing women

When I look back at the books I’ve read recently, they all seem to have been written by some completely kickass women. Insert celebration emojis here. It’s really a trend that I hope never ends, and for good reasons too. If you’re experiencing burnout or frustration with your career and are in need of inspiration, or just want an empowering read filled with laughs, I recommend picking up anyone of the following:

1. Lizz Free or Die by Lizz Winstead

2. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

3. Why is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

5. Bossypants by Tiny Fey

6. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham*

*currently reading

Have you read any of the above? Any that I should add to the list, or my must-read list overall? Speaking of which, don’t forget to enter my Instagram giveaway!

How to Make a Dishwasher Safe Mug (and what not to do)

Time: 45 minutes (includes bake time)
Materials: ceramic mug, Pebeo Porcelaine 150 pen, oven

How to make a dishwasher safe mug (plus what not to do!)Last year I shared a tutorial for how to paint ceramic and make it dishwasher safe (also used on this ring holder). I recently discovered that the same company makes the specialty ceramic paint in marker form, which opens up what you can do design wise completely! For my first attempt, I decided to do polka dots. Sounds easy enough right? Well, I ran into a bit of a snag along the way and thought I’d share it with you, because hey, who doesn’t love a good craft fail?

 

How to make a dishwasher safe mug (plus what not to do!)

 

All you need to make your design permanent is the porcelaine 150 pen and an oven. You can use any ceramic mug and may even find good ones to makeover at the dollar store. Continue reading…