How to Dip-Dye Napkins For Entertaining?

How to Dip-Dye Napkins For Entertaining?

Milena Kukurekovic

Are you planning to set up an elegant tablescape for a lovely party? Then, you will place the napkins with the place settings for the guests. The napkins become helpful while having a meal. In addition, it has practical benefits, like cleaning up your mouth and hands and preventing the crumbs from ruining your party dress.

However, there's a lot you can do with the napkins, making them stand out. Instead of using them as it is, you get them from the market, do some DIY projects and turn them into something that holds a strong statement on the table. 

Dying and foldings are the most common ways to work on their representation on your tablescape. Here, you'll learn how to dip-dye your napkins for your next party. Then, stick to the end to find napkins to make them stand out on the table. 

Where do you start? 

To start with the napkin DIY projects, first, ensure to source some white napkins that you'll use to dye. The white napkins are compulsory to get the best dye results. Otherwise, you won't know what they'll turn into. 

Moreover, napkins' fabric is also a crucial thing to consider before dying them. Cotton napkins considerably work best when it comes to dying the napkins for the ultimate results. The results come pretty well, neat and clean, as you expect them to be. 

Disposable napkins from "Smarty Had a Party" work well and offer the ease of pulling out new ones if you fail in your first attempt while dying them. Grab your favorite ones from there in various colors.

Supplies/Materials You'll Need

Besides the white cotton napkins, you'll need more to start your napkins DIY projects. But don't fret about it. The most compulsory items are easy to source anywhere from the nearest market. Below is the list of what you need to dye the napkins. 

  1. Table salt.
  2. Hot water. 
  3. Tubs or buckets.
  4. Paper clips. 
  5. Dye ( hand-dye if you don't have a dye machine). 
  6. Rubber gloves.
  7. Newspaper or cardboard to cover the surface where you'll dye them. 
  8. Cup.
  9. Spoon. 

How to Dye Your Napkins?

Once you have soured all the required materials for your napkin dying projects, put on your rubber gloves to prevent the dye from sticking to your hands. Removing the dye is hard, so ensure you take care of this. 

Here, we will discuss how to get an ombre effect on the napkins. It's quite famous and looks pretty good with every setting. All you need to do is to take care of the dye color you're using. Make sure you have bought the dye that matches your table's color scheme. 

Step 1: To get the ombre effect on the napkins, use the folding technique - Fold the napkins into a rectangular shape and put the elastic band on top of it. If you want the perfect details and no folds on the napkins, you can skip this step and continue without folding them. 

Step 2: First, soak the napkins in the water, as a dye works better if the fabric is wet. Get the buckets or tubs, and follow the instructions on the dye and table salt you have. Add hot water and a certain amount of table salt and dye according to the instructions given on the packages. 

Step 3: Once you have stirred up all the dye ingredients, dip the napkins in the dye container. If you want the ombre effect on the napkins, dip the ⅓ of the napkin or a little more. 

If you fold the napkins with the elastic band, you won't have to hold them in the container to catch the dye. Instead, use the paper clips to hook the elastic band onto the container. It will stop the napkin from falling into the container. 

Step 4: To get the strong dye effect on the napkins, let them soak in the container for 5 minutes. Next, add warmish water to the solution to get the perfect ombre effect. You may want to be careful while pouring the water so you're not creating splashes on the napkins. 

Once you have added the water to the solution, let the napkins sit in the solution for 5 minutes. Filling up the solution with water will reduce its depth. You can repeat this step depending on how broader the ombre effect you want on the napkins. 

Step 5: Lastly, remove the elastic bands, pick them up carefully, so the excessive dye doesn't fall on the top of other napkins, and then carefully squeeze the napkins from their dipped end. Soak them in the water and make sure the water runs off them.

You can dye different effects on the napkins following these steps mentioned above. 

Where to Get the Best Napkins for Dying? 

We know dying the napkins is time-consuming, and you need to make a little effort. But, you may want the perfect dye results after a little hard work. And, to get the best dye results, you need to have the best napkins that'll hold the dye firmly and for longer. 

Disposable napkins for parties are the best choice to go for. They come with multiple practical benefits and bring ease to your dying project. You may not want to ruin your fancy cotton napkins if you dye them for the first time. 

With disposable paper napkins, there aren't any such risks. Since paper napkins are disposable, so you can always pull out the new ones if you ruined the first ones. 

Moreover, if you throw parties very frequently, you may want to dye napkins for each different party theme. With disposable napkins, you can dye as many as you want. Moreover, they come at a fraction of the cost. 

Get the elegant paper napkins at "Smarty Had a Party." We have a wide variety of napkins, plus they are on sale. So stock up on them for the rest of the year's parties and other special occasions.


Party on, Smarties! With love, Smarty had a Party.

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