Tie-Dyed Paper for Crafts or Homemade Envelopes

One day (20030608) while watching the Carol Duvall Show on TV she gave instructions on how to tie-dye tissue paper. (I have not been able to find this show on her listings on the Net, maybe the Canadian Shows have a different numbering system than the US ones).

Thought this was a wonderful idea to make my own tie-dyed paper for my homemade envelopes.

Materials

front of tie-dyed envelope

front of tie-dyed envelope

  • White Tissue Paper (I bought it at the Dollar Store)
  • Liquid Food Coloring
  • Paper Towels
  • Freezer Paper (in Canada it is brown, in the US it is white)
  • Iron

Instructions

back of tie-dyed envelope

back of tie-dyed envelope

  • Fold tissue paper accordion style or any way you like, it doesn’t matter what direction.
  • Now drip food coloring on the paper. (I found that diluting it doesn’t really work. The effect is hardly noticeable.) Check how far it seeps into the folds. When necessary drip in more food coloring in-between the folds. Stop when the desired effect is achieved.
  • Squeeze out the excess moisture between layers of paper towels.
  • Let the tissue paper dry. I’ve sped it up by microwaving it for about 30 seconds on high.
  • Very carefully unfold the tissue paper. If it is still too wet it will tear, so just let it dry some more or pop into the microwave for another 10 seconds. I did this on a sunny day and the sun was warming up my kitchen table and once the paper was opened up again it dried in no time. The paper will dry wrinkled.
  • Take freezer paper and lay with the wax side up on ironing board. Place the dyed tissue paper on top and iron on a silk setting. This will melt the wax and make the tissue paper stick to the freezer paper, no glue needed.

Now you have stabilized the dyed tissue paper and can use it for crafting or making envelopes.

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