As I’ve mentioned, Miss B is hosting a tie-dye themed 1st Birthday party for herself in a couple of weeks. I wanted to do a full party and all, but certainly had to do it all on a wee, tiny budget (like everything else in my life!). I got a lot of ideas from this blog post after I’d come up with this genius idea (it’s SOOO “us”), and one of the great ones was how to tie-dye paper. Here’s the how-to…and it really works and is pretty cool!
1 pkg perforated post cards/index cards (or, in this case, invitations! i pre-printed mine ‘cause i wasn’t sure if i should dye before or after printing…dying after worked GREAT, which is the easy way)
1 can foam shaving cream ($1 at Dollar Tree)
1 box liquid food coloring (of course, already in spice/baking cabinet!)
1 cookie tray
1 rubber spatula
newspapers or similar floor/table covering for messes
Step 1: Spray enough cream into pan so the entire bottom is covered
Step 3: Using rubber spatula, smear coloring into cream to make swirly designs
Step 4: Press paper face down onto cream, flattening as much as possible
Step 5: pull back paper and set onto newspapers
Step 6: Using rubber spatula, scrape remaining cream off paper and place back into tray for next piece of paper (watch the MAGIC!)
Step 7: Hold up your finished product! Voila! (the how-to I read mentioned ironing the paper through a dish towel to prevent wrinkles…I tried that and it didn’t work well. I preferred just stacking the dried paper - takes about 5 minutes to dry - and flattening overnight under some heavy books)
Here’s another color I used for some of the invites. After its all done, you just have to separate the individual cards and place them in an envelope!
I didn’t show a pic of the “final” product, but just so you know…I cut the cards so they looked like little t-shirts with the information on the “front” of the shirt. So cute!
Since I already had some of the materials (coloring, envelopes, stamps), all in all I spent about $7 on everything including mailing. A steal AND they’re pretty, ta boot!