My Alpine Home

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Dying for Turquoise!

Those of you who know me know that the last few years I have been in love with the color turquoise, or as some call it; robin egg blue.

As a result my kitchen and family room are now decorated in red, turquoise, and green.

First I painted the half wall under my stairs and leading into my kitchen Silver Sage Blue.

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Then I painted my island and fan hood.  In the pics they look like different colors, but they really are the same. They have been distressed and glazed.

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I bring in a bit more of the color by painting some of my architectural finds.

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I get very excited when I find vintage d├ęcor sporting that color.

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I even buy drapery fabric that has that color in the design.

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But now, have I gone too far?  I am dying for turquoise!

Literally, I mean dying!  It all started when I took a class at Thanksgiving Point last January.  One employee mentioned that she had dyed some coffee filters with Rit dye to make a pink Valentines wreath.  I have already made coffee filter wreaths, but

Immediately the color turquoise popped into my head.  I must do it!

Easy enough, I just filled a four Qt. roaster pan full of hot water, added the dye and brought it to a boil.  Then dipped the entire stack of coffee filters (100) into the dye.  Do not separate, just dip  (I used tongs) then place them on a paper towel on a cookie sheet.  From there I threw them in the dryer.  I did not separate them.  By keeping them stacked you get variety in color.

I had a hard time finding turquoise dye.  Hobby Lobby had it and it was called Teal.  I bought the powdered, but my SIL dyed some yellow and bought the liquid.  Hers did not have quite as much variety in color, but very pretty. Later I bought more teal dye for my sister and friend to make one.  This time I bought the liquid.  We put less dye in and got a softer shade.

After dry I just crinkled each filter into a rosette and hot glued it to a 16” styrofoam wreath. I used 200 filters.  A low temp gun works best.

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Here’s the results:

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This close up shows you the variation in color.

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Then came the fun part, embellishing the wreath.  I knew that pink would look cute, but I wanted to use it more often than just Spring.  I went with green accents.

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This die cut bird cage that my SIL gave me has a story all it’s own.  The crystals hanging down, which by the way, I think makes it were $5.99 for two at Hobby Lobby.  Needless to say I made three trips to use a 40 percent off coupon.  Am I cheap or what? lol!  Plus, here’s the kicker.  They are in a locked case and when you buy one they escort it to the check out for you.  I thought I was buying pure gold! Oh, but you should see them glisten!

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This nest and sweet bird are just sitting inside the wreath.  I bought the burlap bird at a cute shop, Brambles for $7.99  It would be very easy to make one. Sometimes I feel I need to not be such a do-it-yourselfer and help support a starving artist! lol!

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There you have it, my dyed turquoise coffee filter wreath.  I think I will place it on my mantel after Easter.  Oh what some girls won’t do for the color turquoise!

Hugs,

Jann

I will be sharing my passion for turquoise with:

Ivy and Elephants for What's it Wednesday

Bunny Jeans for Bunny Hop Wednesday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday

Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday

c.r.a.f.t. for Making Monday Marvelous

Smiling Sally for Blue Monday

DIY by Design for Swing into Spring

I Gotta Create for Mother Lode Link Party

35 comments:

allisamazing said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog and following me. I have followed you back :) I love the turquoise color of your wreath. It is so rich and beautiful.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I think it will look lovely on your mantel, I personally love light and bright colours.

Marilyn said...

Those must be Swarovski crystals!! But they are not worthy of lock-up! Maybe you just have some tight security! ;0

I think I just might have to try dying some filters, but, my choice will be pink.♥♫

Pamela Gordon said...

Your wreath turned out beautifully. I was just wondering if the dye stained the inside of your dryer. I really like the pretty blue on your walls. Have a great week! Pamela

pembrokeshire lass said...

I love turquoise...love your home ideas too. I'm new to this world of blogging and am so enjoying all these new friends. Thanks you. I do wish you sent your gifts to the Uk though...what a shame! Joan

Barbara said...

Jann love that turquoise!!! It just pops. It's so fresh and springy. What a super color!
Have a great day!!!

Sumaya Warwick said...

Hi Jann, You have such an eye for detail. The wreath is just lovely. The colour, the embellishments....great job:)

xx
Sumaya

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your turquoise wreath turned out beautifully.This is one of my favorate colors.. I hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family.
XXOO Diane

Icy BC said...

I love that beautiful table in the first photo, and the wreathe will turn out wonderful!

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NanaDiana said...

I don't think you've gone too far at all. I love it! Your turquoise is just so fresh and Spring-y. It looks great! xo Diana

Grammy Goodwill said...

Your wreath is gorgeous. I love that color, too.

Linda said...

Love the wreath and choice of color.. Happy Easter

~~Carol~~ said...

Lately I'm loving turquoise too, especially combined with red or pink. You did such a great job adding touches of it in your home, and I love how your wreath turned out too. Not only is it cheap to make (I bet I'm cheaper than you!), but it looks easy, which is right up my alley!

Gina said...

Your wreath is beautiful! I love the color of it and of course, you embellished it perfectly.

I have always had a red kitchen, (with cobalt blue & yellow accents). I find that slowly I've been replacing the cobalt with turquoise. I just love turquoise!

Joanne said...

I have got to try this! It came out so beautiful. I have a turquoise table cloth and its one of my favorites.
Blessings, Joanne

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I just LOVE your turquoise wreath! I'm glad you included how to dye the coffee filters because I've just got to make one of these. I just did a tablescape using aqua, turquoise, and green, and now I'm thinking that I must paint my kitchen aqua! It's become an obsession!

Ivy and Elephants said...

That dash of turquoise is just right. Thank you for this wonderful post! I would love it if you would share this at our What’s It Wednesday blog party. Hope to see you there.

Paula
ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

All That Glitters said...

I love that color! Very pretty!

andrea@townandprairie said...

Your aqua additions are gorgeous! That little wreath is so charming... I'm hosting a wedding shower soon and may now have to make one for the bride. So cute!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I too have become a big fan of the color! Your wreath is absolutely stunning!! Love the color (of course) but all of the details are beautiful!

Kelley said...

OH! You meant dyeing! LOVE! x 18! I meant to pick up some dye at Ben Franklin on Guam or in Hawaii... 4got.

So precious! Seriously spectacular! Your embellishments are sublime.

Stephanie said...

The wreath is beautiful. I am dying to try it! Thanks for telling us how.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I love that you dyed the filters...I haven't dyed anything in years...I bet you can guess the last time, and decade I dyed in!!
The wreath is way cute...

Shasta @ intheoldroad said...

The wreath is gorgeous! And I got a kick out of your HL story. I've done the multiple trips with coupons thing in the past too :)

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Jann!

What a pretty wreath with all those embellishments. Those crystals are really pretty.

I just love the color, but I just have to ask.... did the dye do anything to the inside of the dryer? I keep thinking about my husbands tightie whities turning turquoise...

Thanks for sharing this at my party this week!

xoxo Bunny Jean
Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Jann, The wreath is wonderful and I adore the color! I am in love with your kitchen island and hood...so pretty.
Hugs, Sherry

SmilingSally said...

Oh Jann, I love your wreath; it's so creative, and of course, it's the perfect color! Thanks for sharing your blues.

Happy Blue Monday!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love the turquiose color of your wreath and all your beautiful painted kitchen cabinets. Happy Blue Monday!

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous blue captures!

I have grape hyacinth for blue. Your comment will be so much appreciated!

JLS Hall said...

Wow, you've really got me wanting to try making one of those coffee filter wreaths, even though I'm not a very crafty gal. I love it! And turquoise is my favorite color -- you can never have too much turquoise.

Happy Blue Monday!
~Joy @ Joysweb

Leah H. said...

Interesting BLUES especially the wreath...

Visiting for Blue Monday-hope you can stop by:)

http://www.sweetposh.info/2012/03/babys-panda-outfit.html

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

ALL of your turquoise is just beautiful, but I especially love the island and range hood - absolutely gorgeous!

Thanks so much for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll join the fun each week. Be sure to stop in tonight, and see yourself featured.

Blessings,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Love the distressed look in your kitchen. Distressing the coffe filters with dye is cool, too! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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