Create your very own custom dip dyed wall hanging, inspired by Pony Riders banner pendants and art this DIY tutorial shows you the steps to make your very own.
- Drop cloth or heavy cotton canvas
- Paraffin wax or Beeswax (or a combo of the two)
- Crock pot or double boiler for melting the wax
- Fabric dye for dip dying
- Plastic gloves
- Old paintbrush/es
- Wooden rod and twine for hanging
The first thing you will need to do is cut your fabric to the preferred size and lightly sketch out your chosen design. We cut our drop cloth to 86cm width x 116cm height and chose a simple flower crown illustration for our DIY dip dyed wall hanging.
Next, heat up your wax in an old crock-pot or using a double boiler on the stove. Heat the wax to around 80 degrees celsius (170′F) making sure that your wax does not get to the flash point. (never leave it unattended).
Take an old paint brush (one you don’t mind ruining) and trace over the design with the wax as you would normally with paint. We recommend placing some cardboard underneath the fabric to protect your work surface. Try to remember, you are painting where you do NOT want the dye to go. Make sure your wax is at a hot enough temperature so that it absorbs into the thread and not just sit on top of the fabric. Allow the wax to harden.
Take your fabric dye and mix it to the products directions. You can play with the water ration for tonal variations.
Don some plastic gloves and dip your fabric into the dye… if you want a darker result, allow dye to soak in as much as possible. Ours was left in the dye for about 15 minutes before rinsing. Rinse with room temp water to minimise colour run and hang to dry.
To remove the wax: Place a paper towel on both the top and bottom of your fabric. Iron the fabric until all the wax has heated and lifted from the fabric. Replace the paper towel as you go until all the wax is absorbed off the fabric.
You can choose to display your fabric however you wish, what we did (above) was sew a small pocket at the top of the fabric, about an inch wide. Inserted a wooden rod through the pocket and attached string to either end for hanging. We left the edges were left unfinished.
Post from DIY Expert Kelli Murray