Dyed Paper Garland Tree Decoration

We DIY-ed a standard white paper garland from a craft store and added scarlet red fabric dye to turn it into a perfect Christmas tree decoration. 


This fun fabric dye craft is suitable for beginners. In minutes you can match the dye to any tree colour theme. See how white or light paper decorations change into something much more colourful. This is a great Christmas tree decoration DIY project, but you can easily change the colours for different holidays, events or parties.  

Dyed paper garland tree decoration

Materials Needed:

  • Tintex Fabric Dye in Scarlet or Cardinal Red (or any other colour)
  • Paper garland
  • Hot water
  • Kettle or microwave
  • Mixing container (glass, stainless steel, plastic etc.)
  • Measuring spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic cover for work surface
  • Rubber or plastic gloves
  • Spray bottle (optional)
  • Funnel (optional)
  • Paint brush (optional)


  1. Protect work area with plastic and wear gloves to avoid staining hands.
  2. Boil water in a kettle and set aside for 15 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 1-2 tablespoons of Tintex Fabric Dye. 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 piece of paper towel.
  5. Dye the paper using your desired technique either dipping or spraying:
  6. Dip the crepe paper into dye bath for a minute (or more depending on the desired colour intensity and type of paper used).
  7. Spray bottle: open the flower garland so it is completely assembled . Pour the dyeing solution into a spray bottle when it has cooled enough to do so. Attach spray top and spray dyeing solution all over the opened flower garland.
  8. Air dry dyed paper flowers on plastic (or use a hairdryer on the cool setting over the plastic covered workspace to speed up the drying process).
  9. Clean up work area with soap and water or bleach if needed.

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