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Dip Dye Table Runner and Napkins

Dip Dye Table Runner and Napkins: Easy how-to instructions to make your own table runner and napkins with a beautiful dip dyed ombre effect.  Perfect for entertaining and really simple to diy.

I’ve been loving the dip dyeing I’ve seen around lately, and thought  a cottage afternoon was the perfect occasion to try my fair hand at it.  I used some old white fabric, a thin white cotton, and ripped it into the right sized pieces.  The runner was 27 x 80 and the napkins were around 16 x 19 inches, and I was able to get 8 napkins out of my fabric.  You don’t need to be super precise with the sizes, we’re going for a hand crafted, one-of-a-kind look, very relaxed look.  I didn’t even finish the edges, just ripped the fabric along the length, and then tried to make straight cuts for the width (because it doesn’t tend to rip straight).  I kind of love the frayed edge that it left.

Dip Dye Table Runner and Napkins: Easy how-to instructions to make your own table runner and napkins with a beautiful dip dyed ombre effect.  Perfect for entertaining and really simple to diy.

After your fabric is ripped to the right size, wet it with hot water and set aside.  Next I made the dye bath according to the package instructions.  I used the Rit powdered dye, since it was a bit cheaper than the liquid dye.  In hindsight, I probably should have bought the liquid dye.  My dye bath made with the powder had a few undissolved little bits in it, that stuck to the fabric when I dyed it  in a few spots and made dark spots…we’ll call it character, but if you’re doing it I’d go with the liquid to avoid this little problem.

I used a spoon, and folded the wet fabric in half over it.  Then, dip away, making sure to leave the top portion white, and gradually moving the rest out of the fabric to create the ombre effect.  Of course the longer you leave a section, the darker it will be.  If you leave a section a fair while, and then move it, you will have a line.  So, if you want the colour to be completely graduated, keep the fabric moving.

I was wearing a dark bathing suit -which worked great, or you might want to wear an old shirt.  I also wore some latex gloves so I won’t end up with pink fingers.

To dye the runner, you just have to gather the fabric slightly so it will fit over your spoon, and into the bucket, and then use the exact same method.  It’s a good idea to start with the napkins, and work your way up to the runner, keeping in mine though, that the hotter the liquid is the more quickly and darker it dyes the fabric, so don’t wait too long.

Dip Dye Table Runner and Napkins: Easy how-to instructions to make your own table runner and napkins with a beautiful dip dyed ombre effect.  Perfect for entertaining and really simple to diy.

I did mine at the cottage, using the picnic table and the hose -which worked out perfectly and meant no mess inside.  Once I was happy with my piece, I hung it over the clothes line, taking care to make sure it was lined up in the middle so the wet dye won’t drip onto the white section.  Then, I used the hose to rinse it, while it hung on the close line -easy peasy.  Once they were all rinsed, I just left them on the line to dry.

Dip Dye Table Runner and Napkins: Easy how-to instructions to make your own table runner and napkins with a beautiful dip dyed ombre effect.  Perfect for entertaining and really simple to diy.

When they were all finished, I used them for the pretty picnic I shared yesterday.  Love how the frayed edges, and ombre effect looked when they were all done.

Dip Dye Table Runner and Napkins: Easy how-to instructions to make your own table runner and napkins with a beautiful dip dyed ombre effect.  Perfect for entertaining and really simple to diy.

The first time I wash them, I made sure to wash them separately from anything else, used a cold water setting, and even added a cup of salt to help the dye really set.  I love the pink for summer, but they’d look great in any colour…imagine a burnt orange for your fall table?

With an easy, pretty, dip dyed table runner and napkins, life really is a party!

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Picnic

Pretty Picnic:  Individual picnic boxes, wild flowers, tissue paper tassels, and a delicious menu make this the perfect diy pretty picnic.  Find all the easy instructions to wow your guests.

I’m savouring these last weeks of summer.  The weather is so beautiful outside, and before we know it we may just be back to boots and coats and shovels. Boo.  So before I start pulling out my fall decor, like so many other bloggers, I’m savouring these last summer days (although I may or mayn’t be pinning fall decor already on pinterest).  I thought I might inspire you too, with a simple and oh so pretty picnic.

While we were away at the lake, I decided one day we should have a pretty picnic lunch.  I picked up the great cardboard boxes so everyone could have their own individual picnic box.

Pretty Picnic:  Individual picnic boxes, wild flowers, tissue paper tassels, and a delicious menu make this the perfect diy pretty picnic.  Find all the easy instructions to wow your guests.

I decorated each one with some pretty geometric washi tape, which set the colour scheme for the picnic.  I also added a sweet tassel to each one in pink or peach.

Everybody also got their own bottle of pink lemonade with a pretty straw attached.

Pretty Picnic:  Individual picnic boxes, wild flowers, tissue paper tassels, and a delicious menu make this the perfect diy pretty picnic.  Find all the easy instructions to wow your guests.

I set up the picnic table with a dip dyed table runner and rustic matching napkins, I’ll be sharing how I made them on Thursday.  It was an easy fun project and I love how they turned out.  We also had a few citronella candles in some pretty tea light holders, and wild flowers in vintage mason jars.

Pretty Picnic:  Individual picnic boxes, wild flowers, tissue paper tassels, and a delicious menu make this the perfect diy pretty picnic.  Find all the easy instructions to wow your guests.

Above the table, between two trees I strung up some colourful tissue paper tassels.  They looked so pretty blowing in the breeze.  I used a little of the washi tape that inspired the colours on them as well.

Pretty Picnic:  Individual picnic boxes, wild flowers, tissue paper tassels, and a delicious menu make this the perfect diy pretty picnic.  Find all the easy instructions to wow your guests.

On the menu for picnic was some cold grilled chicken -see the recipe here, and a great little Asian noodle salad.

Pretty Picnic:  Individual picnic boxes, wild flowers, tissue paper tassels, and a delicious menu make this the perfect diy pretty picnic.  Find all the easy instructions to wow your guests.

I used waxed paper to wrap the chicken, and put the salad in a mason jar for easy transport.  Just loved how cute the wooden forks looked with a little washi tape to tie them into everything else.

Pretty Picnic:  Individual picnic boxes, wild flowers, tissue paper tassels, and a delicious menu make this the perfect diy pretty picnic.  Find all the easy instructions to wow your guests.

And then it was time for dessert.

Pretty Picnic:  Individual picnic boxes, wild flowers, tissue paper tassels, and a delicious menu make this the perfect diy pretty picnic.  Find all the easy instructions to wow your guests.

We had yummy chocolate brownies with a shortbread base, and fresh blueberries.  The brownies traveled well in a little paper bag, and the blueberries were great in a mini mason jar.

Pretty Picnic:  Individual picnic boxes, wild flowers, tissue paper tassels, and a delicious menu make this the perfect diy pretty picnic.  Find all the easy instructions to wow your guests.

What’s more fun than an afternoon picnic by the lake?  Nothin.

Pretty Picnic:  Individual picnic boxes, wild flowers, tissue paper tassels, and a delicious menu make this the perfect diy pretty picnic.  Find all the easy instructions to wow your guests.

With a pretty picnic like this to celebrate the last days of summer, life really is a party!

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

Last week we were away with friends at the lake.  It’s such an inspiring place, because it’s so beautiful.  Before we left I had the idea that it’d be fun to put together a little Woodland Forest Party for the little girls.  They loved it, and it was really, really easy to put together, since I used all easy store bought treats.

I thought I’d share the details with you, in case you have some little people who might enjoy a little woodland forest party, that’s not too tricky for mom or dad to put together.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

I found the perfect spot beside the lake and started out with setting up this little tent.  I used an old quilt for a picnic blanket, and hung up a pretty mosquito netting, we had from Ikea.  It made the perfect little magical tent for them.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

A few cushions gave them a soft spot to sit, and an old wooden box was the perfect table, and spot to rest their treats.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

I had fun decorating with easy wild flowers in mason jars, and a few fun little woodland animals.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

I had so much fun setting up their little treat table.  I used a rag curtain that I already had as a backdrop, and hung it from a tree branch.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

I wanted all the food to feel like the fairies could have found it in the forest -but really I found it all at the supermarket.  I had a lot of fun perusing the aisles and trying to think like a fairy.  Here’s what I came up with.

On the menu was:

  • lemonade
  • twig cookies
  • mixed nuts
  • maple leaf cookies
  • acorn cookies
  • mixed berries
  • s’more trail mix

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

Pink lemonade is always a hit, and so pretty in these little bottles, with pretty straws attached.  The nuts looked sweet in little candy cups.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

The twig cookies are Pocky Almond Crush Biscuit Sticks, love how they looked like sticks from the forest, and the girls thought they were really yummy.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

I couldn’t resist using a few animal toy friends on the tables, like momma and baby moose.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

We also had some s’mores trail mix, find the recipe here.  It’s supper easy to make and the kids LOVE it.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

We also had a few mixed berries, the blueberries were from home and the tiny raspberries and blackberries were collected in the woods by my little helpers, Tara and Maddie. (Just make sure to check any wild berries before the kids eat them.)

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

I remembered, as a kid, my Grandma always having Maple cookies, and thought they’d be the perfect addition to our woodland forest treat table.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

I used my wood stump dessert stands for the cookies -see how I made them here.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

Some helpful bears were willing to hold down the napkins, in case of a breeze.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

Our final little treats were acorn cookies.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

They’re usually made with mini nilla cookies, but I couldn’t find them here in Canada, so I improvised with mini oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and think they came out really well.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

I just used a little melted chocolate to attach a hershey kiss to the cookie, and added a chocolate chip to the top.  Easy and so cute.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

It turned out so, so pretty, and as you can see all the little treats were super easy to put together.

The girls loved it.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

And, I loved them loving it.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

Long summer days are made for making memories, and this will be a special one for us.

Easy Woodland Forest Party with Store Bought Treats:  This pretty little party was easy to put together with all the forest themed food bought at the grocery store.  No baking, just fun.  Easy enough to put together for your kids with one trip to the grocery store.

With easy, store bought treats for a little woodland forest get together like this one, life really is a party!

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Felt S’mores Play Food

Felt S'mores Play Food:  Your kids will love this set of felt s'mores to play with, very simple to sew yourself by hand, and made out of inexpensive and easy to find materials.  Easy to follow instructions included.

We had the pleasure of being at the lake last week, and I worked on a few fun posts that I can’t wait to share.  One of the things I made were these sweet felt s’mores for my girls and their friends to play with.  I haven’t made any felt food for a while, and was starting to feel like my girls were getting too big for it…sniff, sniff -they’re really growing up.  But, having some uninterrupted play time over the summer, without the stress of homework and the busyness of the school year, I’ve seen a return to some fun dramatic play, and thought they’d have a lot of fun with these, since -as you may be able to tell, they LOVE s’mores.

Felt S'mores Play Food:  Your kids will love this set of felt s'mores to play with, very simple to sew yourself by hand, and made out of inexpensive and easy to find materials.  Easy to follow instructions included.

Supplies:

  • White Felt
  • Light Brown Felt
  • Dark Brown Felt
  • Stuffing
  • Pinking Shears
  • Wooden Skewers
  • White Thread
  • Light Brown Thread
  • Dark Brown Thread
  • Needle
Felt S'mores Play Food:  Your kids will love this set of felt s'mores to play with, very simple to sew yourself by hand, and made out of inexpensive and easy to find materials.  Easy to follow instructions included.

To Make the Graham Crackers:

  1. Create a paper pattern that is 6 x 5.5 cm.  Pin the pattern to two pieces of light brown felt, and cut out two rectangular pieces at the same time with the pinking shears to create the zig-zag edge.
  2. Sew the two pieces together on three sides using a simple running stitch about .5 cm from the edge.  Before sewing the fourth side, insert a small, even layer of stuffing, and then close the fourth side.
  3. To make the dots on the graham cracker, space two lines of three dots as evenly as you can, and stitch through several times, then tie off in a knot for each one.

To make the Chocolate Bar:

  1. Create a paper pattern that is 5 x 4.5 cm.  Pin the pattern to two pieces of dark brown felt, and cut out the two rectangular pieces to make the chocolate bar.
  2. Sew the two pieces together on three sides using dark brown thread, and a blanket stitch.  Before sewing the fourth side, insert a small even layer of stuffing, and then close the fourth side -just like you did with the graham cracker.
  3. To create the chocolate pieces detail, stitch one line through the centre using a simple running stitch, and two dividing it to create six small rectangles, just like a real chocolate bar.

To create the Melted Marshmallow:

  1. Cut out two matching pieces of white felt into a melted marshmallow shape.
  2. Sew the two pieces together with white thread, using a blanket stitch, just before finishing insert some stuffing, and then complete the edge.

To create the Marshmallow on a Stick:

  1. Use a plastic soda lid, or another circle about 2.5 cm in diameter to trace two circles on to white felt. (I found it helpful to use a disappearing marker, so there’d be no dark marks on the marshmallow afterward, if you don’t have one just use a light pencil mark.)  Also cut one rectangle that is about 4 x 9 cm.
  2. Use white thread and the blanket stitch to sew one white circle onto the long side of the white rectangle.  If the rectangle is a little too long, don’t worry we will trim it later.  Do the same with the other white circle attaching it to the other long side of the rectangle to create a cylinder.
  3. Stuff the marshmallow with stuffing, trim the edge of the rectangular piece if necessary, and then stitch the two short ends of the rectangle together to close the cylinder.
  4. Gently insert the skewer into the bottom of the marshmallow, wiggling to create a small hole in the marshmallow so that it looks like a marshmallow on a roasting stick.

Felt S'mores Play Food:  Your kids will love this set of felt s'mores to play with, very simple to sew yourself by hand, and made out of inexpensive and easy to find materials.  Easy to follow instructions included.

We set up a little faux campfire to play with ours, which would work really well indoors too.

Felt S'mores Play Food:  Your kids will love this set of felt s'mores to play with, very simple to sew yourself by hand, and made out of inexpensive and easy to find materials.  Easy to follow instructions included.

The only problem with this fun little toy set is…it might make you hungry.

With easy felt s’more play food, life really is a party!

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