diy {ombre garland}

Wow…I am speechless about SnapShop sign ups yesterday. I did get all of your emails and will be making my way through those this week. There are still some spots available, so if you’d like a spot you can find all the information (including link to purchase a spot) on the SnapShop Information page.

There is so much to say about yesterday, but I’m still processing it all. I am grateful to each of you that purchased a spot in the course and am looking forward to hearing from you once the course begins. I have a lot of thoughts going on in my head regarding all that happened yesterday…to be posted one day.


I think this week is going to have a bit of a party feel to it. I have several diy (Do It Yourself) projects with a party theme to share and I am going to make those pancakes I bragged about last week. So, I’ll start things off with a little garland project…


I use white sheets for a lot of things. You can find a new twin size sheet at a discount store for as little as $3.00. I’ve used a few as tablecloths outside. They started getting stained so it was time to give them a new life as something prettier….a party garland!

Step 1: I cut the edging off the sheet…this became the main cord and I tied all the other strips to it.

Step 2: I cut the rest of the sheet into strips about 2 inches wide and 18 inches long.

Step 3: I tied all the strips to the cord mentioned in step 1.

Step 4: I attached all the strips to make two garlands.

Step 5: My original idea was to just dye the ends of the strips, so I did a little practicing. I highly recommend practicing before you fully dye something. I used Rit liquid dye. I didn’t follow the directions (because I never do…someday I will regret that). I just poured some in a bucket, added hot water and added about as much salt as the dye suggested.

Step 6: You need to get all the fabric wet. Once you soak the fabric, wring it out and lay it flat. After getting it all laid out, roll each garland up starting with one end and keeping the individual strips stretched out.

Step 7: Dye your fabric. Like I said, I originally was only going to dye the ends, but I accidentally got some splatters of dye on the white…so it all became teal. The trick to getting the “ombre” look is dyeing the fabric in sections. I started by dipping the entire garland in the dye and pulled it out about half way. I waited about 2 minutes and then pulled it out further until just the ends were remaining in the dye. Since your fabric was wet when you started, the dye will bleed and create the ombre look. Martha Stewart has some great ombre tips and ideas.

Step 8: Let your fabric dry. It will drip, so if you are doing this inside make sure you have something under it.

Step 9: You now need to rinse the garland. I did not want the edges to fray in the washing machine or hand washing, so I used a garden hose. I rinsed until the water coming down ran clear. Let it dry.

Since I wasn’t planning on dyeing the top I did not put on gloves. After getting splatters on the white I was stuck outside with a bunch a dye….so I just went for it. I hear Smurfs are all the rage now anyway.

I can add it to my growing collection of party supplies. I’ve been collecting lots of white decorations that can be reused. I opted for the teal color on the garland because it matches my house and it is a versatile color for party decorating. Soon I won’t need to make a purchase to decorate for a party…

The decorations were for a baby shower I had the honor of hosting. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing another project from that party…


On a side note, did you know 8x10s are 50% off at Mpix right now? The offer is good until July 27th. Use the code: summerphotos

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  • andy - love the garland it looks awesome. may have to try some myself. the white lanterns are lovely. where did you get them

  • Jennifer - Love this!! It’s now on my list of things to make!!:)

  • jennifer little - I looooove this idea! Beautiful!

  • Ashleu - Love the DIY project!! Also, you wouldn’t happen to remember what paint you used for your kitchen would you? I love that shade of blue and I’ve been wanting to paint my family room that color! πŸ™‚ I’ve gotten so many great ideas from your blog…finally tapping into my creative side.

  • Valerie - Love this tutorial πŸ™‚ Pinning it right away! For those of you wondering about the eyelet lanterns, they’re by Martha Stewart, just do a Google search to find them πŸ™‚

  • Leigh Ann Phillips - What a great idea! I’m going to try this for my daughter’s birthday party!

  • the whyte house - MPIX code is good til the 27th! (i got that email from them yesterday) πŸ™‚

  • J&J - I absolutely love this. I just pinned this on Pinterest on my DIY To Try. I may try to find the right color sheets and skip the whole dyeing process. Do you think it would have the same look?

  • cailan - Oooo, I love that on your staircase and that photo makes me long for a full proper tour of your home – any chance you could put one together sometime?? πŸ™‚

  • Hollie - I signed up today!! wheh-hew!!! I didn’t get a chance to enter my email, so I hope you will see it with my PayPal info. I’m very excited!!

  • Jeannette - Now I want to make this! I can move on from all the bunting I have made to this! Love all your ideas!

  • Layla Mayville {Simply Savannah Events} - Thanks for this great DIY! Love it!!

  • Sarah Baker - Love this! I always see sheets at estate sales. This would be perfect for those! Also… I loooove Mpix! I have my order ready to go of wedding pics. Love it!

  • lauren h - girl…you are good!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

  • Lisa Pummel - Maybe once it’s life as a garland is over, it can become a skirt for FireCracker! Do it! πŸ™‚

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh, I love the color! This is great!

  • Kim Wike - I love the Ombre look! Great mishap. After seeing this cute shot of your house I’m wondering why your house hasn’t been on Design Sponge as a “Sneek Peak” before!!!?? This needs to happen!

  • Tiah - This is great! I think it would be fun to make orange and black strips for Halloween.

  • Dina - I’m a long time fan but this one tops the cake! Literally, might make mini for a cake topper! πŸ™‚ that and a larger garland for an upcoming photoshoot! You are an inspiration!

  • Claudia - This is REALLY pretty!

  • Heather D - any way we could get a peek at your staircase gallery wall.. its cute!!!

  • Kate B - Hi…I am actually making a garland now for my daughters birthday and was trying to determine if I had enough fabric. Any suggestions on how many yards of fabric to start with?

  • emily - love this idea … I’m using it for something!

  • Kristina - Love the garland…the color is perfect, and the layers look so plentiful and lush. I’m so into turquoise right now!

  • melissa - i love this idea- so i made some this morning in blue. great tutorial- and they look amazing! now i think i am a little obsessed…i could do some red ones for christmas time…pink for my daughter’s room…i could dye the strips first and then tie them on to be able to do color combos…LOVE. thanks!

  • Seamingly Sarah - Oh! I love this idea! I have a bag full of all the white scraps left over from my quilting projects (I love lots of white in my quilts) and now I know what to do with them! Thanks!

  • Heddy - love this. I too reuse white sheets for things. Most recently a princess dress for my nieces 8th birthday. (

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  • Kate - I would really love to know the paint color you used in the kitchen, too…I’ve been looking for that color for a long time! LOL

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  • Jess Farris - Hi there!

    I LOVE this tutorial! Ombre is one of my favorite looks for summer. I wanted to let you know that I featured your project in FaveCraftsBlog’s Link Love post on Thursday. You can find the post here:

    Have a happy day! πŸ™‚

    Jess Farris

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