Thanksgiving Tablescape Dyeing Project

Fall colours are warm and rich or bright and cheery, they look festive used in a holiday table setting. There are so many ways to customize the perfect tablescape using: napkins, placemats, tablecloths, fabric runners or even dyed-cord coasters.  Thanksgiving is always the start of the holiday season, so use these easy home decor dyeing & styling ideas to create a festive atmosphere for family and friends. 

Dyed Napkins

The easiest DIY ever is to do a single colour dyeing project; just choose the colour you want to dye and put all of your material in the dye bath.  You can simply add a pop of colour to regular white linen, cotton or hemp napkins (try Tangerine Orange, Cardinal Red or Brilliant Yellow fabric dyes).  More adventurous dyers can mix a 2-3 colours together or try tie dye, ombre techniques.  It's also fun to stamp, spray or paint designs on the fabric too...for a personal touch your guests will love.


Add a touch of country chic to you holiday tablescape with custom burlap flowered napkin rings; use them to add more colour to your dyed napkins.  Layer with placemats, tablecloths and runners for a colourful thanksgiving holiday table.

Materials Needed:

Dyed Burlap Flower Napkin Rings

  • Tintex fabric dye
  • Plastic cover to protect workspace
  • Rubber gloves
  • Tablespoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Kettle or microwave
  • Bowl (stainless steel, glass, plastic etc.)
  • Burlap flowers
  • Paper towel (optional)
  • Glue gun & glue (optional)
  • needle & thread (optional)


  1. Protect work area with plastic and wear gloves to avoid staining hands.
  2. Boil water in a kettle and set aside for 10 minutes or until water has cooled slightly. Water can also be heated up in a microwave for 1-2 minutes in a microwave safe container
  3. Mix 1 cup hot water with 1 tablespoon (or more) of Tintex Fabric Dye so it is completely dissolved. Create a custom shade by mixing different amounts of 2-3 colours together. Brighter or darker colours will use more dye; pastels will use less dye. Get creative and experiment with different intensities.
  4. Test dye colour on a paper towel.
  5. Place burlap flowers in the dye bath and make sure they are completely covered.
  6. Stir if necessary occasionally and check frequently to ensure that desired colour is achieved.
  7. Lay flowers on plastic cover to air dry.
  8. Clean work area with soap and water or bleach.
  9. Use a glue gun to add the flowers to a napkin ring or sew onto ribbon with a needle and thread.

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