Dip Dyed IKEA Lamp Shade

August 7 2018

Now that we know how well lamp shades take our dye, we can’t stop! We paired this inexpensive IKEA shade with our new Coral All-Purpose Dye to create a really cool dip dyed look. We challenge you to find something like this anywhere else!

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  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills. Gather supplies.

  2. Wearing rubber gloves, fill a large container with 3 gallons of very hot water. The water should ideally be 140ºF. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and add to the dyebath. Pour 1/2 bottle of well-shaken dye into dyebath.

  3. To enhance the color, add one cup of salt. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.

  4. Stir well.

  5. Test color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye. If color is too dark, add more water.

  6. Dip bottom of shade into dyebath. Move shade slowly around in dyebath to create natural uneven lines.

  7. When satisfied with color, remove lamp shade from dyebath. Shade will look darker when wet and will dry lighter.

  8. Place lamp shade aside.

  9. Rinse in cool water until water runs clear.

  10. Let dry before use.

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