I found this DIY for ombre dip dye tags on Say Yes to Hoboken. The plan is to dip dye tags and make them into escorts cards for the wedding reception. I'm most excited to try this out on the paper star garlands that I've been making. Jon pointed out that it might be better to have colored stars instead of plain white ones. I got a little panicked thinking that I would have to start all over again but with colored paper. After finding this tutorial I think I found an easy (and inexpensive) solution to my problem.
Also, the house issues have been solved for now and thankfully for less money than first anticipated. Fingers crossed that nothing else major craps out!