When Will and I were planning our wedding we knew we wanted to DIY as many elements we could because we love making things ourself. Over the past year we’ve been slowly phasing out paper products from our home and acquiring more reusable clothe options! Because we only use clothe napkins in our home, this seemed like a great opportunity to bulk buy napkins that we could use for years and years without any extra production waste happening due to our consumption.
I wasn’t thrilled at the idea of basic white napkins because our theme for the wedding was lots of color, so I decided to dye the napkins myself. For this project I bulk ordered white 100% cotton napkins on Amazon – I purchased around 180 napkins for under $100 and used RIT dye from the grocery store. I would love to try this project again in the future and explore more sustainable dyes or learn how to make my own natural dyes!
I was able to dye all of the napkins within 2 days, the first day my little brother helped me and the second day my good friend Abby was there to assist! I separated the napkins into sets of 20 and tried folding them in lots ofdifferent ways. After that it was time to start dyeing! Be sure to pre-wash anything you plan to dye to remove any finish that may be on it!
Here are the steps I followed to customize our colorful wedding napkins!
- White 100% cotton napkins
- RIT dye
- large tubs or bins
- drying rack
- Fold napkins in various patterns – this is the creative part where you can really just play because no matter what they turn out beautiful.
- Fill the tub halfway with very hot water (for me it was about 8 cups), I just used tap water on the hottest setting but you could heat it up in a tea kettle if you wanted it really hot.
- Dissolve 1 cup of salt in the dye bath.
- Add 1 bottle of RIT dye to dye bath. If you want softer colors, use less dye!
- Soak napkins in dye bath for 30 to 45 minutes.
- Wring out napkins and rinse well to remove any extra dye.
- Line dry or if you are afraid of the dye bleeding, you can run them through the gentle cycle of the wash and hang them to dry.
- Iron and enjoy!
I did all of my soaking in the backyard to make sure I didn’t make a mess in my house – luckily we were able to complete the whole set without an spills! Now we have a huge supply of beautiful napkins that we can use daily! I love that they are a reminder of our wedding day too, that makes them even more special! In the future I would love to explore ways to do this project again but in a more sustainable way!
Any other wedding DIYers out there? What about you? Have you ever tried to create your own dyes? Or what is your favorite kind of organic natural dye? I would love to learn more!
love & light,
The past few years I have been transitioning to a more natural beauty and skincare routine. Sometimes I make my own products and other times I buy products that I know are made without the use of dangerous chemicals. I have lots of favorite all-natural beauty and skin products but sometimes I just like something I have made myself better. When I’ve made it, I love knowing exactly what has gone into the product that I am absorbing into my skin and bloodstream.
This recipe is for a make-up setting spray that I put on after applying my make-up in the morning. As a teacher I am on the go all day long and have very little time to stop and look in the mirror so I need to know that my make-up is going to stay in place without any touch-ups! This light weight spray takes care of that worry for me and gives me all the peace of mind I need while teaching my tiny humans how to paint!
Here is my recipe:
- 2 Tbsp Witch Hazel
- 1 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel (natural, not the bright green stuff)
- 1 Tbsp Distilled Water
- 5 drops Jasmine Essential Oil
- 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 2 oz. glass bottle with spray nozzle
- Fill 2 oz. glass bottle with 1 tablespoon natural aloe vera gel.
- Add 2 tablespoons witch hazel and 1 tablespoon water to fill bottle.
- Shake well to mix thoroughly.
- Add essential oils and shake again to evenly disperse.
- To use: Shake well and spray over freshly applied makeup.
I love using lavender and jasmine essential oils because they smell so lovely. Lavender is also great for your skin to soothe redness and irritation. I use Jasmine for its empowering and confidence-boosting aroma, as well as the fact that it is great for improving dry or dehydrated skin!
I know there are lots of different recipes out there, has anyone tried a different recipe for a DIY setting spray? How do you make yours? I love this one and I hope you to do!
love & light
I love making my own bath and beauty products, I think it is a fun way to experiment with all natural living and exploring healthier alternatives to some of the chemical-laden store options out there. I am totally a bath kind of lady.. After a stressful day I think there are very few things out there that feel as good as a long soak in the tub, so many of my favorite recipes happen to be bath products.
This tropical sugar scrub recipe smells so delicious, the coconut and lime aromas make me feel like I am on a beach vacationing somewhere near the equator. I am using it right now because it is summer but I also love to make a batch of this lovely scrub when I am having the Michigan mid-winter stir-crazy blues.
The sugar is a great exfoliator to get rid of dead skin and impurities while the coconut oil is super moisturizing and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth! You can use it in the bath or the shower and the sugar dissolves quickly for easy cleaning. Use this quick and easy recipe to make the sugar scrub whenever you need a little fresh and healthy pick-me-up… or just whenever you feel like it!
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 unrefined virgin coconut oil (if you don’t like the smell of coconut you can use refined)
- 5 drops lime essential oil
- zest of 1 lime
- Combine sugar and coconut oil.
- Add lime zest and mix evenly.
- Add 5 drops lime essential oil. Stir to combine.
- Store in a glass airtight container.(*Note: Remember, citrus oils can cause skin sensitivity to the sun so start small, if you add more than the recommended amount avoid direct sunlight immediately following use.)
I simply love this recipe and even with my super sensitive skin I have no trouble in the sun with the essential oil ratio used. Remember that the temperature of your coconut oil may change the consistency slightly so add more sugar or oil accordingly to get the texture you desire in a scrub! I prefer to use an unrefined coconut oil so I get a heavy coconut scent but you can use refined coconut oil if the smell doesn’t appeal to you.
I hope you enjoy your all natural at-home pampering!
love & light