One of the party elements I used for our Watercolor Party was a dip dyed ruffle crepe paper garland. It was an inexpensive way to add another watercolor themed item to the party. And, with just a few simple steps, this dip dyed ruffled crepe paper garland tutorial will show you how to recreate this garland.
For the party, I pinned the ruffle garland on the front of the dessert table and hung it from the paper lanterns that were hanging on the left side of the dessert table. You’ll want to start this project a few days before your party. It takes several hours for the crepe paper to dry and you’ll want it to be completely dry before you try to ruffle it.
What you’ll need:
Two crepe paper rolls (you may want extra rolls)
Dip Dyed Crepe Paper Instructions:
- Place 1/2 cup of water in a shallow bowl. Add a few drops of food coloring to achieve the color intensity you’d like.
- Submerge crepe paper roll into water/dye. The water will come up about 1/3 to 1/2 of the side crepe paper roll. Place a mug on top of crepe paper roll to keep it submerged.
- Let crepe paper roll sit in dye for about 1 hour.
- Take roll out of water and dry on a wire rack, with paper towels placed beneath to catch any drips. The crepe paper will likely need to dry overnight.
Ruffled Crepe Paper Garland:
- After dip dyed crepe paper dries completely, overlap the two strands, lengthwise, so that there is about a 1/2 to 1 inch overlap between the two strands.
- Set your sewing machine to the longest possible stitch. Also, adjust the tension so it has the strongest possible tension.
- Begin sewing down the center of the overlapped crepe paper. While sewing, use your right hand to just slightly hold the thread. That will increase the tension even more and cause the crepe paper to begin to ruffle. For pictures of this step, please visit this great tutorial.
- Continue sewing until you have the desired length.