Macramé and dip-dye are two design techniques that add a fun, free-spirited boho touch to home décor. Budget-friendly and easy to learn, they both bring their own unique spin - injecting warmth and texture as design accents.
Combining basic macramé techniques and colourful dip dye, discover how you can create your very own ombré wall hanging.
You will need:
- 2 wide buckets
- 1 roll of macramé string (cotton is the best to absorb the dye)
- Masking tape
- Rubber gloves
- 2 dip-dye paint colours (we chose Rit green emerald and Rit dark green)
- Wood dowel
- Warm water
First, decide on how long you want the macramé string to hang off your dowel. Make sure it’s long enough to loop around the dowel. The strings can be slightly longer at this stage, as you can trim it down after the dyeing process. Then use the Lark’s Head Knot technique to loop the string around the dowel.
Make sure to leave at least an inch of the wood dowel bare on either end.
Pour the dye paints in two separate buckets following the preparation method on the bottle. You might want to protect the general work area with old rags or plastic coverings in case of any drips.
Wearing rubber gloves, gently and evenly dip your strings into the lighter of the two dye paints first. Make sure to leave the top part of the strings bare.
Slowly pull the strings out and squeeze any excess dye water out.
Next, dip the strings into the darker dye but only up to the halfway mark. If you want a dark, dramatic effect, just leave it in longer. When you’re ready to remove the strings, squeeze any excess dye water out again.
Tip: The dye on the strings will appear lighter in colour when it has dried.
Attach another piece of string to the wood dowel on either side so you can hang it up to dry. Then, leave the dip dye wall hanging to dry overnight. It’s best to let it dry outside as the dye might drip onto your floor.
Once the wall hanging is dry, lay it out on a flat surface and place masking tape along the bottom edge to create a straight line. Then, trim off any uneven ends.
Hang up your bespoke creation for a touch of boho charm on your walls.