DIY: Dip-Dyed Valentines
I’ve always loved making my own valentines, even as an adult. I even orchestrated a Make-Your-Own Valentine party at my old office a couple of years ago! Usually they were simple, made out of construction paper with a handwritten note inside, but this year I decided to make them a little more luxe with cardstock paper, lots of gold details, and a quick dip in some food coloring to create an ombre effect. Scroll down for a full tutorial!
When you are working on something that will brighten someone’s Valentine’s Day, it is always appropriate to do it with a glass of wine. La Crema’s Monterey Pinot Noir is a great pairing with this craft, because Pinot Noir may be the ultimate Valentine’s Day wine.
- Card stock (I used shades of white and pink)
- Glue and/or tape
- Food coloring (to create pink on the paper, I used red)
- Large bowl for dip-dyeing
- Paper towels
- Stickers, paint, pens–anything you want to decorate the valentines with after dip-dyeing
- In a large bowl, mix one cup of water and 15-20 drops of food coloring (you can adjust this to get a lighter or darker shade of pink).
- Lay out some paper towels near your dip-dyeing station.
- Dip the cardstock into the water one piece at a time. You can dip one corner, half of the paper, or even each corner to create a border–get creative! Shake it off and let excess liquid drip off before you set each piece on the paper towel to dry.
- To create an ombre effect, let the paper dry and then add more food coloring to the water. Re-dip less of the paper this time. Repeat as necessary/desired.
- Once the paper is thoroughly dried (about fifteen to twenty minutes), place under a heavy book to flatten. This is optional but I like to do steps 1-5 the night before and let the paper flatten out overnight.
- Fold and decorate your valentines–we used gold studs, sparkly stones, stickers, fancy paper for the inside of the cards, and even a mini mirror! To create a professional look we stuck with same color scheme throughout, but you could make them however you like. Enjoy!
Photos by Sarah Gatrell of Photo + Love.