This is the last project in our summer DIY series with guest contributor Brittany Watson Jepsen. It’s been a pleasure having Brittany back on the site for a bit, and I feel majorly inspired by her clever, modern projects. Click on the links to view projects One, Two, Three and Four. Thanks so much, Brittany! — Kate
Lilac season in Denmark is a pure delight. It seems to grow everywhere in various shades of pinks, purples and whites. I can’t help but think they need a new home in my living room vases, so I concocted this ombre flower hanger to help me gather some up. — Brittany Watson Jepsen
Read the full how-to after the jump . . .
- white fabric in size of your choice (I made mine 27″ x 36″)
- leather strips for ties (about 30″ long)
- fabric dye (I used Dylon)
- salt for fabric dye
- grommets and grommet applicator
- 2 branches, each about 40″ long
- spray paint of your choice (I used gold)
- sewing machine and thread
1. Spray paint the branches and let them dry for about 24 hours.
5. Fill three pots of varying sizes with different amounts of water and dye. Fill the largest pot with the most water, the second with less water and the smallest with the least. Add about the same amount of dye to each pot. Add salt into the mixture and warm your water.
6. Test your dye levels with a small piece of fabric before moving onto your final fabric. Adjust the amount of water and dyes according to how rich you’d like the colors.
7. Once you’ve settled on the right color mixture, move on to the final fabric and dip it first in the pot with the most water, stopping at the level you’d like it to be at.
8. Move on to the next-level pot and dip the fabric a bit less. You should see a clear line between the two colors.
9. Lastly, dip the fabric into the smallest/most potent pot, dipping less than the other two colors.
13. Follow the directions to your grommets. I started by cutting a little hole and then placing the grommet on either side of the fabric and securing it by hammering it together.