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I mentioned a while back that I was going to use this tutorial to try and create an ombre effect on the paper star garlands I was making. I did a test run and it worked! I'm pretty happy with the results, happy enough that I don't even mind that it looks like I murdered a smurf.
It's a pretty easy process but a messy one. I bought some RIT dye and eyeballed a small portion into a mason jar. I sprinkled some salt in there and heated some water up on the stove. Initially I added a little bit of water in order to create a concentrated color and then submerged part of the garland. I had to push it down into the dye because the stars ended up floating on top. I put more of the garland on top of what was already in there until a decent amount was piled on top but didn't push it down into the dye. Instead I added more water to dilute the color and repeated the process until the entire garland was dyed. As soon as I had pushed the last star into the dye I immediately took out the garland and hung it up to dry.
I jerry rigged an extra shower curtain rod I had been using in one of my closets in the newspaper lined bathtub for the garland to dry.
The dye that splattered on the tub wiped off easily with a magic eraser type sponge. My hands, not so much. I'm contemplating scrubbing them with that sponge.
I bought a few other colors and am excited to try them out. I'll update again with the final results.
*Side note - do you ever have a "Holy crap it actually worked!" moment when a craft turns out exactly how you hoped it would? I totally had that moment and maybe had a mental fist pump going for a minute. Please don't judge me.