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Jul162012

DIY Project: Ombré Tablecloth & A Spray Bottle Dye Technique

Happy Monday blog friends! How was your weekend? I'm kicking this Monday off with a DIY project. Last week I shared my summer outdoor entertaining tips which featured this ombré tablecloth:

I created the ombré effect myself on canvas dropcloth purchased from Home Depot. Dropcloth comes in a variety of sizes (this one was 5'x5'), all readily available at local home improvement or paint stores. It is inexpensive and very durable, ideal for outdoor conditions.

You can achieve the ombré effect in various ways, usually it involves dipping fabric into a bucket of dye. I wanted to eliminate the bucket and come up with something easier. I created this blue tablecloth with nothing more than a spray bottle, water and some fabric dye. I saw results immediately and had a lot of control over how light or dark the pigment would turn out. The dyeing process is quick and then you just need to wait for the tablecloth to dry in the sun.

Want to see all the steps in perfecting this ombré technique? Check out the full article and all the pictures on Houzz:

Make a Fashion-Forward Ombré Tablecloth

The dropcloth I purchased was lined with waterproof plastic on the back. I thought this built-in feature would be handy if the dropcloth were used as an outdoor area rug. Keep it poolside, a place for everyone to relax and grab refreshments between dips in the swimming pool. 

What DIY creations have you been working on this summer? How have you implemented them into your summer lifestyle? My family eats outside a lot so these tablecloths are perfect for setting up a quick and casual dinner.

Have a great week!

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Reader Comments (6)

I found all your posts to be really helpful. This one too. Thanks for sharing.

July 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaminkassette

I love this! I've been looking for a DIY like this for my patio... thanks for the inspiration as usual, Lauren! xo

-E.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

My name is Lauren Elise too! Sorry that doesn't have anything to do with this super cute DIY, but I thought it was cool :)

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Elise

Hi there
your ides is really nice! love it!
hx

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHege

What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing!

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Nice work Lauren. I like your unique and attractive ideas.

May 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCristy

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