It’s no secret I love a good paper garland. They’re the new bunting I say. Such an inexpensive party addition and the variety of ideas out there are ridiculous – no excuse to leave your next party garland-less!
When I spotted these gorgeous white crepe paper garlands from the lovely guys at Light&co I snapped them up immediately. I thought they’d look great draped across the ceiling for Christmas but it didn’t take me long before I wanted to try something crazy with them though and before long I was dunking them in food colouring to see what would happen, as you do.
I was a little worried the fringing would fall apart and it would be an epic flop but it held together perfectly and turns out food colouring works a charm! and at $4 for 6 metres it’s a super affordable party addition.
- White crepe fringe garland from Light&co
- Rose pink food colouring
- Container large enough for the fringe to fit
I mixed approx 8 drops of pink food colouring with about 1cm of water to get this light pink colour. It really lightens up when dry so if you want a darker colour finish I would try as much as 12-15 drops. When in doubt, cut off the end of the garland and dunk it in the dye to give it a test run. You can dry it off quickly with a hairdryer to see the final colour if needed.
The paper absorbs the water like a thirsty camel so you want to dunk it as quickly as you possibly can otherwise the colour will soak up past the middle and your ombre look will be gone. No exaggeration, a fraction of a second if you can. (give it a longer soak if you want a full colour rather than ombre though)
Let it sit for 5 mins or so to prevent major drips then dip the other side and leave it to dry for a good 24 hours.
Gently separate your layers. If you want your fringing to stay quite straight I really recommend leaving it to be nice and dry before separating them. I found that when I separated some layers early they went a bit crunchy/wobbly looking.
All done. How easy was that! and highly addictive… what else can I dunk in food colouring??…