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Advent DIY Day 16: Dip-dye Tablecloth by Elsa Muse

Dec 16, 2013

by Jo Casley handmade and vintage goods

Every day between December 1st and December 25th, we bring you a new festive ‘how to’ as part of our DIY Advent series.

27 year old, Paris based Elsa created her blog almost two years ago. It’s a creative and feminine blog covering everything from fashion and beauty to travels and DIY.

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Why do you think Etsy is a great place to find unique gifts?

They are unique and infinite because they are handmade by thousands of independent designers around the world. You just have to find something to suit your taste!

Do you have a favourite handmade present? What is it?

My friend Honorine – who’s actually an Etsy seller! – gave me a lovely leather cuff she made herself. I love it!

Do you have a specific ritual for Christmas, that you repeat every year?

An Advent calendar of course, and now that I use Etsy I don’t purchase it at the supermarket anymore!

You will need:

  • Red fabric dye

  • A tablecloth

  • A plastic basin

  • A paintbrush

  • A utility knife

  • Self-adhesive paper

  • Bleach (in a spray bottle)

  • Red textile paint




Firstly prepare the red dye. Pour some hot water (about 40°C) in the basin. Pour the contents of the dye packet into the water and stir well. Add hot water until it the basin is three quarters full, then pour in the contents of the salt packet (to bind the dye) and stir again.

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Dye the tablecloth using the Dip Dye technique as follows:
Wet the tablecloth, then immerse half of it in the basin (hang it up from the un-dyed side above the basin). The dye will slowly infuse the white part and create a nice ombré. Pull it up (further out of the dye) a few inches every five minutes. Rinse the dyed section thoroughly with cold water, then carefully wring dry by hand to avoid staining the white section. Leave to dry.

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To make your star stencils: Using the utility knife, cut out different sizes of stars from self-adhesive paper.

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For white stars: Stick your stencils onto the tablecloth and carefully spray some bleach on them. Once the cloth is bleached move the stencils around the tablecloth to create more.

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For red stars: Stick the stencils onto the tablecloth and paint with red textile paint. Let the dye adhere to the cloth and then move the stencils around the tablecloth and repeat.

Tip : For and even nicer look, don’t hesitate to mix white and red stars on the ombré part.

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Have you made any Christmas advent DIYs? We’d love to see – send us pictures with the hashtag #ChristmasAdventDIY and we’ll share them on and Twitter @EtsyUK.


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