Custom dying ribbon and/or lace is easier than you might think. I wanted to make a gift box using the Petaloo Flowers I had left over from another project, but I could not find ribbon to match. So what does a crafty girl do? She colors her own and creates a custom colored ribbon. I picked my favorite lace from the Martha Stewart pack and chose the Spectrum Noir markers to match. I wanted a soft mottled look so I used multiple colors.
- Martha Stewart Ribbon
- Spectrum Noir Markers
- Petaloo Flowers
- Ink It Ink Pad Gold and Lavender
- Paper Mache Box
Choose the marker colors that coordinate with the look you are going for. I tried several combinations before I found the perfect one for me. It is all about making a custom colored ribbon right? These are the colors I ended up with:
Color small portions of the ribbon in each color, slightly overlapping them as you go.
For the box decorations, I started out with a blank paper mache box and covered the box using a purple ink pad, with long smooth strokes. Once the box was covered, I decided it was not quite the right color. Using a paper towel, I rubbed the gold ink over the purple and used another paper towel to wipe the gold ink off. It left the lavender color looking slightly distressed and with a tiny bit of gold shimmer. The shimmer does not show well in the photographs. But, trust me it is there.
Once the ink was dry, I adhered the ribbon around the bottom of the lid using Fabri-Tac. While that was drying, I glued the flowers on the front of the lid, along with pearls. I started the pearls where the flowers ended so that I did not have to use more than needed. The Queen & Co. pearls already have an adhesive on the back, but I used Fabri-Tac on them, too to make sure they were secure.
There you have it, custom colored ribbon on a very pretty gift box. It might sound like it takes a long time, but if you work different pieces during dry times, it goes really quickly. I usually make a few at a time. It is great to have them on hand for that last minute hostess gift. I hope you had fun learning how to dye ribbon and hope you will try it soon!