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Printable & DIY: Halloween Party!

It's almost that time. Time to prep for Halloween! I'm so sad our apartment is too small to have a party. Halloween is one of those holidays that allows people to go all-out and no one thinks you are crazy-crafty-matching-decor-party-lady. 
I partnered up with Rit Dye to bring you today's party ideas. It was really fun trying different dyeing techniques on paper. Maybe these ideas will spark your imagination. Click 'read more' to see the details!

1) I am really not the kind of crafter that measures things to get it exactly right the first time. If you are that type of person, props to you - I really admire that. So, my point is - I don't know my dye to water ratio here. I put hot water in a spray bottle and then poured a lot of RIT's Apple Green dye in. I just eye-balled how dark it looked, knowing that it should look very dark (see how dark it is in the photo and then how light it looks on the bag?) 

2) Shake that puppy up.

3) Spray, spray.  I set up a spray area with two plastic bags - one taped behind the bag and one on the table under the bag. I sprayed away and let it drip down. Then I dried it on a cookie rack. Voila! This look is really awesome for Halloween - all drippy and infested looking. ;)

I also tried another technique - submerging the bags into a container of RIT's Purple dye + hot water. Again, I used my very precise eyeballing method here. The directions on the RIT bottle say 1/2 cup dye to 3 gallons water for 1lb of fabric. Obviously, paper is a little different - you can use less water. I still suggest using a fair amount of dye though. And, as the directions state, I stirred the mixture the whole time I was using it. I submerged the bags for just 1-2 minutes.
Might I suggest latex gloves if you use this method? Otherwise your fingers will be dyed. I did this in the bathtub after lining the bottom with trash bags (made for really easy clean up!). I dried them upside down on a cookie rack. 

The bags that I submerged were pretty wrinkled after they dried. You could iron them under a piece of thin fabric. But I ran them through my embossing machine and the results are awesome! You can see the embossed purple bags below. 
Now, after you've dyed your bags, you need to embellish them. I say 'need' because I love embellishments so much. 
So, to help you with the embellishments, I created a Halloween printable with tags, patterns and Halloween images. You can see how I used them to decorate treat bags and candy cups. Click below to get your printable!
Do you have any Halloween plans yet? If so, tell us about them in the comments! 

If you want to see how other bloggers are using RIT Dye in their Halloween projects, check out #HalloweenRIT on Twitter. And you can follow the latest updates with RIT here: Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with RIT Dye and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are 100% my own! I love my blog and readers too much to misrepresent my experience with a company/product.

7 comments:

Amy Renea October 2, 2012 at 6:37 AM  

I would never think to dye them that way, but they are PERFECT for Halloween!

annie and m October 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM  

I love that you thought outside the box to dye papers with RIT. It all looks so amazing & perfect for Halloween!

Amy Gregson October 2, 2012 at 6:18 PM  

So cute!! What a great idea to spray the green dye on your bag. I never would have thought of that. Thanks for sharing.

Jessica Kielman October 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM  

Oh! I love these!!! Your blog is gorgeous...so happy to have found it!

Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Heidi @ Moms Crafty Space October 2, 2012 at 6:36 PM  

These are SO cool, Katie! I have a huge stack of white paper sacks that are definitely getting a dye bath now!

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