Dip-Dye Outdoor Place Mats

These easy DIY place mats add a splash of color to your outdoor dining display. It's as simple as dyeing, dipping, and drying!

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If you're looking to bring some bold color to an otherwise dull dining set, this simple DIY is perfect for you. Dip, dye, and dry your way to standout place mats that you can use all season long.

The process couldn't be simpler. All you do is mix water and dye, then saturate the mats to achieve desired color. Rinse out excess, then let dry. Plus, you can mix and match colors to suit your style or the season. Think pastels for the spring, bright hues for the summer, and warm, earthy tones for fall. 

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What You Need

  • Waterproof drop cloth
  • 3 plastic bins
  • Rit dye in desired shade(s)
  • Plastic gloves
  • Plastic spoon
  • Fabric place mats
  • Plastic sheet

Step 1: Set up Bins

Gather all materials. Line work surface with a waterproof drop cloth, then lay out your bins, side-by-side. Fill one bin with hot water, and the other two bins with cold water.  

Step 2: Add Dye

Working quickly so as not to let the water cool, add dye to the plastic bin with hot water. Keep adding dye until you achieve the desired shade. 

Step 3: Mix Dye

Put on plastic gloves. Then, with your plastic spoon, stir the dye and water together until they are thoroughly mixed.

Editor's Tip: If you use powdered dye, make sure no powder residue remains after mixing. For the greatest color concentration, the dye needs to be completely dissolved.

Step 4: Dip Mats

Dip edges of place mat into dye. The longer the fabric is in contact with the dye, the more pigment the material will absorb. Keep this in mind while you work. For bold hues, keep the mat in longer. For light, more pastel shades, only leave the mat in for a few seconds. 

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Step 5: Rinse and Repeat

Immediately rinse out the place mat in each of the other two bins to eliminate excess dye. Continue to dip-dye all desired mats. Leave them to dry on a plastic sheet.

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