• Dip-dye placeholder assembled.

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  • Making a warm dye bath: soaking the wood blocks.

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  • Creating the block stand (making slots to hold a place card).

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  • Materials: liquid dye, 1" unfinished wooden blocks, hobby saw, shallow dish, spoon, parchment paper, place cards

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  • MAKEKIND 02.

    03.28.2012 / Miscellaneous

    Hi All! I’m Christine, a color obsessed graphic designer living in Cleveland. I am delighted to be joining DFM, sharing simple DIY projects in MakeKind every other week. When it comes to color I must be honest – I love it bright, bold and slightly imperfect. This week, I am making a set of dip-dyed place card holders perfect for any spring celebration. Here are the details:

    Materials: liquid dye, 1" unfinished wooden blocks, hobby saw, shallow dish, spoon, parchment paper, place cards

    MATERIALS // liquid dye, 1″ unfinished wooden blocks, hobby saw, shallow dish (preferably an old one), wooden spoon, parchment paper, place cards

    Creating the block stand (making slots to hold a place card).

    STEPS // 01 CREATE STANDS  First, you will need to make a slot in the top of each block. Using your hobby saw, make 1 pass centered across the top of the block. With a slow, even motion, make an additional 30-40 passes (I found it easiest to make all passes in the same direction).

    Making a warm dye bath: soaking the wood blocks.

    02 MAKE WARM DYE BATH  Select a shallow baking dish. Add a 1/4 cup of desired dye, then fill dish with hot water till about a 1/2″ deep. Stir to blend.

    03 DIP DYE BLOCKS  Place blocks into warm dye bath. Leave blocks in bath for 30 minutes to one hour (the longer they sit, the more saturated the color will be). Remove blocks from dye and transfer to parchment paper. Allow them to dry for a several hours. Once dry, simply insert cards and enjoy.

    Dip-dye placeholder assembled.

    P.S. Stands can also be used for holding a photo, recipe or even a little note for your honey. Happy dipping!

    photos by Christine for Design For Mankind

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