My friends at Rit Dye sent me a huge box full of different colored dyes a while back, and I finally figured out what I wanted to make with the dye - gift tags! I posted the finished product on my Instagram story and so many of you voted YES to seeing a DIY tutorial! These are perfect for the holidays and all those gifts you'll be wrapping up soon (or maybe you've already started!). Let's get to it!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- Liquid Dye, or if you prefer to use other types of dyes, you can! (I mixed liquid Rit Dye in Dark Green, Kelly Green and Navy Blue)
- Warm water
- Container for the dye (something that you don't mind getting stained, I used a spare mason jar)
- A tray or somewhere to dry the paper (I used a paper plate with extra paper towels underneath for security)
- Paper (I used Crane's Lettra since the cotton soaks up the dye nicely)
- Paper Trimmer or X-acto knife & cutting mat
- Hole punch
- Pens/markers (I used a White Gelly Roll, Copper Paint Pen, and Tombow Dual Tip in 312)
- Embellishments if desired (wax seals, ribbons, twine, etc. I used these wax seals from my design collab with Wax Seals!)
- For deeper colors, use less water. For lighter colors, use more water.
- To get an uneven line, gently tilt the jar back and forth to disturb the water, then dip. Or, dip at an angle, and then again at the opposite angle.
- For an ombre look, dip a second time while the first layer is not completely dry.
- For a color blocked look, wait until the first layer is completely dry, then dip a second time.
First, you'll need to trim down your paper to whatever size you want your tags to be. I made mine 2" x 3.5", which is a pretty standard tag size, but feel free to do whatever you want! I also went ahead and punched holes in mine.
Next, grab your mason jar or container and fill it with some warm water. Start out with less water, and you can always add more later on. Slowly pour in the dye and mix gently. My ratio was about 1:1. My mason jar ended up being a little less than half full once I was done mixing water and dye together. I also mixed a few colors of dye together to get this dark forest green!
Start dipping! Once you've dipped each tag, set it on the plate or tray to dry. Don't forget to try the different techniques I highlighted above! I did some ombre tags, some with a more distinct line, and some where I only dipped once.
After the tags have dried completely, it's time to jazz them up! I tried a few different styles to mix it up. Below I used a white gel pen to write on the dipped portion, and I filled in the names with a green marker.
Some other options for customizing your tags are to write the recipient's name simply and tie a ribbon on the tag, or adding a wax seal for a fun and unexpected touch. You can of course add names or holiday phrases to any of your tags! I also had some scrap paper that was narrower, so I dipped those as well. Even scraps can make great tags!
If you're curious about wax seals but it seems like too much of a hassle to stamp each one individually, there are great self-adhesive options available! The ones shown here are from my exclusive design collaboration with Wax Seals, available here either as self-adhesive seals or a stamper!
I hope this inspires you to try your hand at dip-dyeing! If you try this DIY, tag me on Instagram (@graceniudesign), I'd love to see your results! Happy holidays and happy gifting!
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