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Hello lovers! I hope your Monday is off to a good start. Today I’ve got a cute DIY project that will utilize all that leftover Easter egg dye you might have sitting in your cupboard. It’s really simple actually: dip-dyed paper towel placemats. Please take a moment to say that five times fast. ;)
To make my placemats, my friend and I headed to Kmart and bought Scott Paper Towels, Easter egg dye (food coloring would also work!), and laminating sheets.
Here’s the lowdown on what we did:
- Set up your dyes in individual cups. If you use Easter egg dye, the directions might tell you to use vinegar, but that is not necessary for this project. Also, adding more water to your dyes will desaturate them. I recommend adding one cup of water MAX to each cup of dye.
- Fold the Scott paper towels and start dipping them into the dyes. You can bunch your towels to create a more tie-dyed look, or you can fold them and dip one half in at a time to create a more striped look. We used a cardboard box to lay the wet paper towels on while they dried. We also used two paper towel sheets for each placemat, but you could totally make them as long as you’d like! Table runner, anyone?
- If you want to speed up the drying process (they are literally soaking wet), then you can use a blowdryer, or if you have more time, let them sit in the sun.
- When they’re dry, use your laminating sheets to cover your dip-dyed paper towels so that they’ll last through meals, play time — anything!
- Pro Tip: My friend and I used our Scott paper towels to clean up the dye that dripped onto the table and those even looked cool since they were a colorful mess, so we used them to make placemats, too! It’s kind of hard to screw this project up — they all turn out really neat!
I was really pleased with the Scott Towels because 1) they were all white. They didn’t have any designs on them that interfered with my art, so they were perfect for this kind of project; and 2) They are super durable! We dipped each paper towel multiple times into the liquid dyes and they didn’t tear or break. I really wasn’t sure how this DIY project would turn out, but my friend and I both agreed that it exceeded our expectations. They were fun to make, easy to customize, and super inexpensive. Woop woop!
If you want to get in on the action, then check out Kmart’s Shop Your Way Rewards for great coupon offers on Scott Tissue products this week! While you’re at it, say thanks to Scott on Facebook here! Have an awesome day, friends. :)