- 6 years ago
- Wedding: April 2012
Hello fellow bees!
Being that I was on a budget, plus I’m very hands-on, that and I just don’t like to spend a lot of money on small details, I diy majority of my wedding. I wanted a very elegant reception dinner but so did NOT wanna pay high dollar for it, so I cut corners left & right & still managed to acheive the nice atmosphere I wanted. I did pretty much everything DIY, starting with my table runners!
This is just a lil info in case anyone out there wants to dye your runners or any other fabric for that matter. I was very nervous about it because I was scared they wouldn’t come out right & I would then have to spend an obscene amount of money on runners. Luckily, I found these great, super cheap table runners at Dollar Tree (DT is my new bff!)
At first glance they were perfect, except for the color, so I shopped several Dollar Trees in search for that perfect green, my colors being all shades of green & purple. Well no luck, so I put my thinking cap on & decided to dye them! I did a lot of research & was very dissapointed to find out that you can’t dye polyester fabric with liquid RIT dye, which is what they’re made out of. However I ran across one video tutorial that said you can, just leave the fabric in the dye for more that 30 mins, disregarding the instructions on the bottle.
So I got to work! I bought a bottle of RIT Kelly Green, cut the tassles off & threw all my 10 runners in a home depot 5 gallon bucket with about 3 gallons of boiling water. The video says to just “dump the dye in”, I was hesitant but did it anyways (please listen to your instincts, lol) I emptied the whole bottle in, stirred in my hot water, then submerged the runners. I stirred them throughout for about 2 hours or so. Rinsed them off while still in the bucket until the water ran clear. Then I ringed them & put them in the dryer on gentle cycle.
TALK ABOUT EPIC FAIL!
I so wished I had taken a picture but I was too embarrased that my lil experiment didn’t work that I trashed them immediately! That, and I didn’t want the future hubby to poke fun at me, lol. Yea, the colors were uneven & if that wasn’t enough, the dryer completely destroyed them all! It was a tangled mess, with loose threads everywhere. But then again, you get what you paid for.
Well, good thing is that I bought several table runners, just in case this happened, I was determined to make this work! This time the hubby told me to do a trial first, which I should have done to begin with, ugh, hate it when he’s right, hahaha, jk
So I did a trial with only 1 runner, and this is how it all went down.
I boiled 1 gallon of water & mixed it with 1.5 tablespoon of RIT APPLE Green this time. During the trial I kept adding 1/4 tablespoon til I acheived the color I wanted & 1.5 tbs is what worked. Then I placed only 3 runners in the dye, stirred occassionally for about 2 hours as well.
I did this in 3 separate buckets so they have more room to absorb the dye. One bucket had 4 runners since I needed 10 total, it was no biggie. So after they were submerged for about 2 hours or so, I rinsed them off. I just kept adding water from the hose, stirring & pouring out the water until it was clear.
NO DRYER this time around! I was so tramatized by the previous batch of runners. So this time, since it was the middle of the day & it was bright & sunny outside, I just let them air dry.
In the end they came out beautiful! Perfect color!
This is a table mock-up AFTER my wedding, because I haven’t gotten my pics back & I really don’t know if there were any taken of just the tables, so went ahead & re-created them using my leftover supplies 🙂
Told ya Dollar Tree was my new BFF! I bought my disposable “silver” plastic ware there (pictured below), my champagne flutes (I don’t like the screw on ones, or regular clear cups), the small square vases, the paper doilies (YES!, paper doilies, I wanted chargers, but just couldn’t justify the expense 🙁 the purple napkins that are under the doilies, and last but not least!, my runners!
This is the only pic I have of the actual reception so far, you can barely see the runners, but the color was perfect for me!
pic by Tiffany Garcia Photography, who I also found here on Weddingbee.com!
Hope this helps out my fellow DIY brides! 😀