We’re not hopping off the ombre train just yet! For our final 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor segment, we’re using Rit Dye to create a fun ombre wash on a simple frame. That’s right ladies and gents, Rit Dye isn’t JUST for creating cool tie-dye t-shirts. You can use it to dye buttons, wood, and much more! With this DIY you’ll learn how to use it as paint! The finished product makes a perfect housewarming gift.
What You’ll Need:
White wooden frame
1. Lay your frame down and starting from the bottom, paint on the dye with a sponge brush. Stop when you’ve painted half of the frame, and let the dye dry.
2. Add another coat of dye starting from the bottom, but only paint a quarter of the way up the frame this time. Let it dry.
Now you have the perfect pastel frame to highlight your spring adventures! Try this DIY on an unfinished wooden frame too to get a more natural look. To find other inspiring materials, visit our 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Decor shop!
New Years Day is a time to reflect on the year before, and make plans for the year ahead. As we start planning our fabulous DIYs for the upcoming year, we wanted to take a look back at some of our favorites from this year and share them with you!
It’s clear why this bag made it into our favorites! Our Rhinestone Lucite Bag DIY is perfect for carrying everything you’d ever need, and the addition of the rhinestones really makes it pop.
We aren’t sure if it was 2013 or 1922 because this year was all about the Roaring 20s! Inspired by the Great Gatsby, we made this gorgeous bracelet/ring combination.
So this summer we went a little crazy for dye. We made a series of projects using Rit Dye. From the swirl scarf to the abstract tank, we loved all of them and can’t pick a favorite! Which is yours?
Glam up your graphic clutch with rhinestones. It’s the perfect way to give your clutch a super stylish touch!
If you’re feeling edgy, or fringe-y for that matter, take your sweater to the next level with this DIY using chainette fringe.
This vintage button necklace definitely makes a statement! We loved the bold look of thick chain and antiqued buttons.
What DIY was your favorite this year, and what are you looking forward to seeing in 2014? Let us know in the comments below, and you may just see your DIY suggestion in 2014! We hope you have a happy new year from all of us at M&J Trimming!
Ok, so you’ve probably heard about dip dyeing. The technique has been around for ages, but it’s picked up a lot of steam in the past few years with the resurgence of the DIY movement. We actually LOVE to dip dye at M&J, and one of our upcoming Halloween DIYs features the method! But since we’re holding the Trick or Trims RIT Dye Giveaway, we thought you might need a few more dyeing options with all of that RIT Liquid Dye you might receive. Here are a few of our favorites.
These tie-dye jeans by SwellMayde are awesome! She used a sponging technique to get that abstract pattern. We wonder what this would look like using greens and taupes. Tie-dye camo anyone?
Want to know how to get a yellow this bright? Look in your spice drawer! Turmeric, and other natural items, were used to dye these clothes. Just make sure to wash them thoroughly after dyeing. Your nose might not be able to handle it otherwise!
This is a quick tie-dyeing fix for hippies on the go! Marlena from Rookie Mag
made this t-shirt with a couple of Sharpie markers. We call shenanigans because this looks way too cool to take only a few minutes and some Sharpie markers.
Shibori, the dyeing technique used in Honestly WTF’s
dyeing tutorial, is an oldie but a goodie. But it’s like a REAL oldie. This method dates back to 8th century Japan. Some things never go out of style.
Sometimes it isn’t the dye that makes something fantastic, it’s the LACK of dye. This awesome wall hanging uses the batik method to create the negative space image above. Kelli Murray
gives some great tips for those foraying into batik!
Have you used any of these methods before? Let us know which ones and what the results were below! And if you haven’t entered our Trick or Trims RIT Dye Giveaway
yet, what are you waiting for?!
Basic White Scarf
Lay your scarf onto a flat surface.
Slightly pinch the middle of your scarf.
Once you have identified the middle region, begin twisting the fabric as shown.
This will create a spiral tie dyed design.
Carefully fasten your scarf with rubber bands making sure the folds stay intact.
Dip your scarf into the dye saturating all areas.
Squeeze any excess dye out of the scarf.
Wash out your scarf until the running water becomes translucent. This will indicate the dye has set in and will not run.
Take out your rubber bands and let your scarf dry.
Be sure to send us pictures of your creations!
Here at M&J we can’t take our eyes off anything and everything dip dyed. The instant color boost screams summer, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Whether you’re dressed in black head to two, or rocking many shades at once, a dip dyed accent will be sure to take your summer look to the next level. This trend has been going strong for quite some time, so why don’t you dip in?
Ombre dip dying has been trending in both the fashion and beauty industry for quite some time. The free spirited trend has suddenly made a comeback in the interior decor market. In the 60’s and 70’s dip dying had been a very popular technique. The dip dying technique adds color hues without compromising the natural beauty of many textiles. The process is fairly simple but not to be overlooked. Check out Michael Penney Style’s Dip Dye Tutorial, along with other inspirational images. Along with dyed ribbons we are proud to sell Rit-Dye both online and at our flagship store.
California Home Design
ABC Home Pillow
Michael Penney Style Dip Dye Tutorial
This reminded us of our Top 5 Dip Dye post created in 2012. Clearly the trend is still going strong.
Rit’s Creative Challenge, RIT Dye wants you to share your creativity by entering their creative challenge that is themed around UPCYCLING. Use Rit Dye to re-create anything in your closet, friends closet, Flea Market, really anything that needs to be brought back to life! Then upload your DIY project with before and after photos and win some awesome prizes! Yes, 3 Winners will win 3 equal prize packages, each worth a total of $250. And best of all M&J Trimming Gift Card is one of the prizes, So don’t wait any longer and join the fun. Click here for Official Rules
Here are the Contest Judges!
- Heidi Borchers, EcoArtist/Author/TV Host
- Blerona Kaja, M&J Trimming Blogger (YAY I’m one of them!)
- Marisa Lynch, Refashioner/Blogger
- Judy Coates Perez, Mixed Media Textile Artist
- Kelly Rand, Editor of “Crafting A Green World” blog
- Kristen Turner, DIY Fashion Blogger
Click here for Official Rules
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Open to individual, legal residents of the 50 US/DC excluding residents of the states of AZ, MD, TN VT & NJ, 18 & older. Contest begins 12:00:01 AM (EDT) on 12/6/10 and ends 11:59:59 PM (EST) on 1/28/11. For Official Rules, click here. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by: Phoenix Brands, One Landmark Square, Stamford, CT 06901.
M&J Trimmings teamed up with Edie and her team to show us how we can dye M&J’s silk ribbon,with RIT Dye, to make various patterns and combinations. She demonstrates how to iron the ribbons into a fabric mosaic panel that can be used to embellish almost anything from handbags to jewelry to gloves and back again. You can also dye your own fabric mosaic and trims to match your mood or event. Its easy and a lot of fun to do.
Check it out!!