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Friday
Mar302012

Ombré Pennant Flag DIY

Happy Friday blog friends! Are we all excited for the weekend? The last one before April comes along. To kick off this lovely Friday I have a party DIY to share (the end of the week feels like a party so it's appropriate). I'm going to show you an easy way to dye an ombré effect on muslin which you can then transform into pennant flags. Pick spring time hues to make Easter party decor or match wedding or party colors and make up an extra treat for guests. Flags are fun to wave around and kids especially enjoy them. And they make for some fun pictures!

When coloring fabric you officially should use fabric dye but I'm going to make it even easier...and cheaper. Actually all the materials in this project are very inexpensive. This is what you need: muslin, scissors, a pencil and ruler, BBQ skewers, ribbons or twine, a mason jar, water, watercolor paints, and a brush. 

Fill some water in a mason jar and start mixing some of your watercolors in until you get the right hue. Usually you would use this water to clean the brush and then dump down the sink but for this project, it becomes our dye. Cut out fabric strips from your muslin. I cut mine about 12" x 2" but any size works and being super exact isn't even necessary. The fabric edges fray a bit and I think this just adds to the charm. Then dip your strips into the mason jars and submerge part of the fabric in the dye. Let them sit for awhile. This time might vary depending on how deep of hue you desire.

Remove the strips from the mason jar and lay them flat on a protected surface. The color is fairly light so I brushed some of the pigment directly onto the bottom of the strips. This gives it the deep color. I brushed the color along the strip to spread it out and give it the effect of ombré. Then let it dry. I let mine sit overnight.

I bought BBQ skewers from the grocery store and then secured the fabric strips to the skewers with the ribbon. Tie in a double knot. The ribbon allows you to bring in a contrasting color which makes it more fun. Now all that's left is to fly your flags proudly!

Using official fabric dyes works too and will provide a more even wash. I discovered this idea by experimenting and at the time, I didn't have any dye on hand. I figure a lot of us have watercolors or can easily obtain them from grocery stores or office supply stores (if I craft store isn't near). You can come up with some great ideas when you improvise.

With Easter drawing near, are you planning on DIYing any decor elements? Would little flags be something fun you'd consider adding to your Easter table?

Have a great weekend everyone and happy crafting!