July 15, 2012

How to Dye Rope: DIY Decor

I'm sure at some point in your life your going to ask yourself "Hmm....I wonder if I can dye rope?"
Well, I'm here to tell you one thing........in the words of Obama "yes, you can, yes, you can".
Although, I'm quite certain he wasn't referring to colored rope.
That's a crying shame though because this technique really can open up a 
world of possibilities for you in terms of projects & home decor!
Exhibit A:
Wanna make your own rope decor?
First things first, lasso up your rope 
{haha get it? Hmmmm......okay awkward I'm the only one who laughed.}
and then grab what ever it is you want to decorate; vase, bowl, Aunt Pearl's urn, etc.....

You can determine the amount of rope you're going to need by test wrapping 
your object & then eyeing where to cut if off at.
Now if you want alternating colors on your project similar to mine 
you'll need a tape measure handy while you are dyeing.

Next fill a container with water & then add some food coloring.
Add & mix colors until you get your desired hue {I mixed blue and green for a more teal effect}.

 I decided to color every other 4 feet of rope blue so I soaked my rope by sections allowing each to sit in the water for about half an hour. The longer it sits the darker the color 
{which I learned when I accidentally forgot about my project & let the last section sit over night...that's why the stripe at the top of my container is slightly darker!}
Let the rope dry overnight.
Once dry adhere the rope to your object with a hot glue gun wrapping tightly to avoid any gaps.
Now I just need to find a home for my new decor.
What projects have you been working on lately? Have you played with rope lately? 
I mean for crafting.....I don't want to know what kind of kinky stuff you do behind closed doors.
Geez Louise what kind of blog do you think this is anyways?


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30 comments :

Jennifer said...

I like your vase a lot...total transformation and I didn't even think about dyeing the rope. Thanks for sharig!
Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos
http://decoratedchaos.blogspot.com

Katie said...

first of all i laughed. : ) second of all I want that vase in my house right now. I may have to make this, this week!!!

Lindsay said...

You crack me up!

What a very awesome technique! Thanks for sharing, I am pinning now!

With A Blast said...

How I needed this info yesterday! I'm pinning for future - thanks for sharing.
Linda

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

IT's lovely!!

Tonia L said...

Brilliant! And yes you know I laughed! :)

Kathie said...

Love!!

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carmen said...

Hi,
Nice and colourful - and yes I played with rope ;) Smaller rope - but it didn't turn out as well as yors

dearwallet said...

Totally love it! And I love how they are all different hues, great color too! Pinned for later, thanks for sharing!

a2b2007a-a7b4-11e1-98d9-000bcdca4d7a said...

What a great, simple idea. got to try it.
Maureen

Michelle said...

this is genius, i'm imagining ombre dyed rope containers already! i hope you will share at Get Your Craft On @ the Gilded hare:
http://www.thegildedhare.com/2012/07/gyco-6.html

your new follower
michelle

quintonwench said...

I love twine and I have never thought to dye it. Thanks for sharing, looks great!

SayNotSweetAnne said...

This is SOOO cool! I've been meaning to get around to rope wrapping a couple different jars, but I'm not a big fan of the plain taupe color. This is a great way to make it match my decor! If you have a minute, I'd love for you to link up to Sweet Sharing Monday - http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/sweet-sharing-monday-14/

MYSAVIOR said...

Very very lovely and ambitious.

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Sue

Meg {henninglove} said...

i love this project!! thanks for the the tutorial jennifer, love this and must do it

Alina Anghel said...

everything looks lovely! xx

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CSI girl said...

This is so pretty! Amazing refashion of the rope! I would love for you to link to The CSI project this week for Refashions/Upcycles week. Each week we have a new challenge, new judge and new tutorials so come on over and link up!
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Beth said...

I never thought about dying rope, but it's really VERY pretty! I've not been all that thrilled with rope wrapped stuff, but this has changed my mind completely!

...And don't you love it when the little mistakes turn into something wonderful, like forgetting the rope overnight? I actually like the two tones of the blue.

Britni said...

I would of loved this with just the plain rope, but the dyed rope makes it even better! So pretty! And I laughed more over Aunt Pearl's urn ;) Would love for you to link this up at my Throwback Thursday party! http://www.hubbymademe.com/throwback-thursday-no-2/

Cheerios and Lattes said...

The vase looks great! I would love to invite you to share this on Saturday Show and Tell: (www.cheeriosandlattes.com/saturday-show-tell-20/). I know that my readers would appreciate this and some of your other posts. Thanks and have a great weekend.
-Mackenzie
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Suzy said...

Great tip! I think your rope covered vase looks great and I really like that all of the sections are various shades of the same color.

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

Amazing!! Featured this tonight at our party!! Stop by and grab a button! ;) Bonnie

melissa @ daisymaebelle.com said...

I love this project! Stopping over from Uncommon Design! Congrats on the feature!

melissa @ daisymaebelle.com said...

And, now I am a follower!

southernscraps said...

What a fabulous idea and tip! That turned out great.

Pamela R said...

What a brilliant idea! I'll totally be using this!!

Angela Conley said...

Great idea! I love the colors you used. It really takes rope decor up a notch. Thanks for sharing!

brittany said...

What if you do not own a hot glue gun?!

Do you think super glue would work??

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