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.
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.
I bring in a bit more of the color by painting some of my architectural finds.
I get very excited when I find vintage décor sporting that color.
I even buy drapery fabric that has that color in the design.
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.
Here’s the results:
This close up shows you the variation in color.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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