As I get more and more immersed in food DIYs and entertaining ideas, one obsession in particular keeps popping up for me. And it’s kind of a weird one…napkins!
So to keep on truckin’ with this unusual obsession, I have a new napkin DIY today. And it involves one of my new favorite things…Lumi Inkodye. Have you ever tried this stuff? It’s amazing! So fun.
Want to make your own? Here’s how…
I put together a new DIY supplies kit for Darby Smart that has all of items that you need to make your own Lumi dyed napkins. It comes with 2 packages of dye (choose the color you want) and 4 hemstitched napkins (just like the ones I used). You can pick up the kit right here and the supplies you need will come straight to your door.
1. Shake Lumi Inkodye according to instructions (I think anywhere from 20-30 seconds is probably good). Then, in low light, snap the packaging open (all the dye will start coming out) and spread the dye evenly with the edge of the packaging, like a squeegee. If there are any areas that you weren’t able to cover with the edge of the packaging, you can use a paint brush. But I would use it as a last resort because the dye ends of soaking into the brush, so less dye gets onto the cloth that way.
2. Next, add items on top of the napkin that you want to use as a resist. This is what will create the pattern shapes on each napkin.
Note: I tried flowers for one, but I put them outside in really low light at the end of the day. So the result wasn’t as crisp as I was hoping for. The next day, I tried using rolled oats to create and organic dotted pattern and put them outside at the brightest time of day (between noon and 2pm) and it worked like a charm!
3. Then, bring the napkin outside, preferably on a bright and sunny day, and let the dye do it’s magic. Give it about 20 minutes before removing the ‘resist’ items and bringing the cloth inside.
4. Wash with detergent and you’re good to go.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
You can check out my new Darby Smart DIY kit here, if youre interested.
Have you started thinking about fall dinner parties and Thanksgiving entertaining yet? What entertaining DIYs do you think you’ll try this season?
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