Dip Dyed Place Cards

February 23 2019

We love seeing beautiful events that incorporate color throughout. From the moment your guest enter the venue, you can wow them with dip dyed place cards, highlighting your color scheme. This is an easy DIY project, perfect for all skill levels.

  • Watercolor Paper
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye (Petal Pink and Wine Used Here)
  • Glass Bowl
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Plastic or Metal Stirring Spoon
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Table Cover
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  1. Cover table with plastic. Gather supplies.
  2. Fill a medium sized bowl with very hot water.
  3. Shake dye bottle before pouring. Wearing rubber gloves, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of your favorite shade. For this project, we created dyebaths with Petal Pink and Wine. Stir well.
  4. Test the color by dipping a scrap piece of paper directly into the dyebath. If the color is too light, add more dye; if it is too dark, add more water.
  5. Dip the watercolor paper directly into the dyebath. It will dye within a few seconds.
  6. To create an ombré effect, dip the whole card in quickly and then pull the card out slowly, allowing the bottom portions of the card to spend a few more seconds in the dye. The longer the card stays in the dye, the darker it will be. A few extra seconds should be sufficient. Keeping the paper card in the dye bath too long could warp the paper.
  7. Remove the table number card from the dyebath. To create the washed effect, use paper towel to blot.
  8. Lay table number cards out flat on clean, dry paper towels until completely dry.
  9. If the paper is wrinkled at all, place them under a heavy object (like a big book) to even them out. 
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