Alright guys, it’s Inkodye napkins part two. What happened was I initially did two versions of this DIY and only posted the second version, which you saw here. Later I shared a photo of the first version on Instagram basically saying why didn’t I share this one too I think it’s pretty and you guys agreed. Hard. I was so surprised by the positive response (thank you!!) and noted that I’ll have to post about how I did napkin version one.
So here we are.
I recommend doing all the prep indoors away from a window. It shouldn’t prematurely activate the dye, thus you can work at a comfortable pace instead of maniacally trying to beat the sun outside (this is a lesson I learned the hard way).
I vigorously shook the Inkodye and poured it into a five gallon bucket. The large size of the bucket felt like overkill at fist, but later I found it so helpful in terms of acting as a splash guard for later steps, so it was actually perfect. Yay.
Next I dipped in a napkin and swished it around to soak up some dye, then wrung out as much of the excess dye as possible. Each napkin needs to be evenly soaked without being over-saturated with dye. Also, you can see I’m wearing latex gloves. No. Do not. They ripped and I got dye on my hands, which turned them blue AGAIN (the first time I wore no gloves, why!) Stick to the heavy-duty rubber gloves, friends.
The shiny surface I worked on top of is a piece of cardboard covered in aluminum foil. I mentioned these materials as optional because it can really just be any protected, portable surface you have, but I think this is probably the easiest one to “make”. The foil is only needed if you want to reuse the cardboard for something else, which I did.
Ok, so it’s another simple folding technique to create the design on the napkins. I laid a napkin flat on the cardboard, then fashioned my hand into a karate chop position to scrunch the napkin upwards from the bottom left. I repeated the same motion but moving downward from the top right of the napkin, and then the napkin looked like this.
I did this with all the napkins on several pieces of cardboard, then carried them outside and left them in direct sunlight for about 20-30 minutes. The sun activates the Inkodye and turns the exposed areas blue because of magic.
I immediately threw the napkins in the laundry machine and ran them for two cycles with Inkowash detergent. They came out looking like this!
I thought I preferred the clean, straight lines from the other version I did, but I also love the wild and crazy random designs this folding technique makes. There’s also a lot more blue with this version, which really bumps up the contrast with the un-dyed white portions.
Gold flatware basically belongs with these napkins. I find this color combo irresistible, and also maybe it channels my Bruin pride.
So do you prefer this version or the other version of these napkins? I’m down for anything blue, really. It’s been THE color for me this year.