From towels and tassels to cushions and light shades, it’s easy to add dip-dyed style to your decor with these fun DIY projects
+ First wash and dry towels and facecloths.
+ Then place thick rubber bands around ends or middles of towels, depending on the pattern you want.
+ Dip towel ends or middles into dye and let them soak up the dye.
+ Place each towel on paper to dry overnight.
+ Remove bands and dry in clothes dryer for 1 hour to set the dye.
2. Cushion covers
+ Take 1m x 1.1m white poplin cotton and cut into 2 strips: 60cm x 1.1m and 40cm x 1.1m.
+ Wash in washing machine and dry.
+ For big cushion: take big strip and tie thick rubber bands around fabric 15cm in from each end.
+ Place more bands 35cm in from each end.
+ Dip middle section in dye then dip ends.
+ Dry overnight, remove bands and dry in clothes dryer for 1 hour to set dye.
+ Make an envelope cushion cover with fabric (find instructions online).
+ Repeat with smaller strip to make a smaller cover (create a pattern of your choice).
3. Tassel garland
+ Take a ball of jersey knit yarn and cut into 12 x 10cm lengths.
+ Place together and fold in half.
+ Take a small length of yarn and tie around top of tassel, leaving a small loop at top.
+ Repeat to make 12 tassels (or as many as you wish).
+ Thread a long piece of yarn through loops.
+ To avoid getting too messy, we pegged our garland on the clothes line and then dipped each tassel into a container of dye.
+ The dye will slowly soak up the tassel; the longer you leave it, the darker it will be.
+ Leave to dry.
+ For a dipped effect, dip shade in bucket of dye and leave for about 20 minutes; you may need 2 packets of dye if you want dip line to be high.
+ Once you’re happy with depth of colour, dry on paper overnight.
Created by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.