Dip-dye Friendsgiving place cards

Want to add some artistry to your autumn table without getting overwhelmed or creating a mess? Hallmark Artist Allie S. shows us how to make these simple, beautiful dip-dye Friendsgiving place cards with just a few supplies and in just a few minutes. 

Table setting with dip-dye Friendsgiving place cards | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Supplies for dip-dye place cards

  • Watercolor Paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Watercolor Paints (Allie used Winsor & Newton Water Color in Potter’s Pink, Winsor Lemon, Burnt Sienna, Winsor Orange, Opera Rose, Orange Lake Light, and Rose Malmaison)
  • Watercolor palette, tray, or paper plate
  • Shallow bowl or ramekin
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper towels, newspaper or butcher paper (for drying)
  • Brush marker

Supplies for dip-dye Friendsgiving place cards | thinkmakeshareblog.com

How to make dip-dye place cards

Cut watercolor paper into 4×2 inch cards. Be sure to make extra cards for experimenting and in case of do-overs.

Place a few dabs of paint on your palette.

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Dip the end of one card into the water.

Holding the dry end of the card, use your brush to add a little paint to the wet surface.

Twist and turn the card so the paint trickles and pools through the water.

Adding paint to a surface flooded with water for dip-dye Thanksgiving place cards | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Pro tip

Want to use multiple colors on one card? You can mix them on the palette or when you add them to water.

Lettering names on dip-dye Friendsgiving place cards | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Set the cards aside to dry. (Allie dried her cards overnight before lettering them, but you could just wait until the cards are fully dry—at least an hour.)

Dip-dye Friendsgiving place cards | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Lettering pro tips

Practice your lettering on a spare sheet of paper before writing on the place cards. This will give you a better idea of how much room the name will need—and it’s a great way to test lettering style options.

Unsure about your hand-lettering skills? Just write the way you naturally do—using a brush pen elevates the look of your letters.

Dip-dye Friendsgiving place cards | thinkmakeshareblog.com

For our table settings, we punched a tiny hole in the edge of the Friendsgiving place cards, threaded it with twine, and tied it around a few dried flowers.

Other things you can dip dye for Friendsgiving

Table setting with dip-dye Friendsgiving place cards | thinkmakeshareblog.com

And oh, hey: We have so many more Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving ideas. And if you’d like to connect with far-away friends, we’ve got you covered.

Did you make dip-dye Friendsgiving place cards for your table? We’d love to see the results. Take a pic and tag us on Instagram at @think.make.share.


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