If you’ve been looking at fashion and interiors lately, you might have noticed the trend for tie dye, and everything a little boho. This is, of course, not completely new, it first showed up in the 70’s and hasn’t really gone away since. As with most fashions, they tend to make a more prominent appearance every few years and then fade a little into the background. The last time I did some tie dyeing – which is quite a long time ago – I produced a t-shirt that I then hardly took off for most of the summer. This time, however, I felt like giving my home a bit of a summery boho vibe, so I decided to make a wall hanging.

Well, maybe the t-shirt will still follow.… If you’d like to make a wall hanging like this,why not follow my simple tutorial. You can choose any colour you like, I’ve chosen the dark grey because it works so well in my home, but bright pink or a strong green would also look great.


Here's what you'll need...

  • A 90-95cm length of white/neutral cotton fabric, 150cm wide. It has to be 100% cotton (or linen) as any manmade fabrics will not take the dye
  • 2 wood dowels, 90cm long
  • 1 pack of fabric dye
  • 500g salt
  • Elastic bands, 1 for each “circle” you’re looking to create
  • PVA glue
  • Small paintbrush to apply the glue

Tie Dye Materials shot

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Lay out your fabric and decide where you’d like the white circles to be. Imagine the middle of that circle, this is where to pick up the fabric and pull it together as if you were attempting to pull it through a hoop. Tie an elastic band very (very) tightly around the pulled together fabric.

    Tie Dye Step 1

  • 2

    You can tie more than one around a single piece of fabric. The more elastics you use, the larger the circle will be.  Repeat everywhere on the fabric that you’d like it to remain white.

    Tie Dye Step 2

  • 3

    Once you have all the elastics in place, put the fabric together with the salt and the dye in your washing machine and wash at 40C on a “delicates” cycle. This cycle will help the elastics stay in place.

    Tie Dye Step 3

  • 4

    Wash again with detergent. Take out of the washing machine and remove the elastic bands. You should now see the pattern you have created. Leave the fabric to dry and lay out the dried fabric.

    Tie Dye Step 5

  • 5

    With the paint brush, apply pva glue to one side of one of the dowels.

    Lie the dowel with the glue down right at the short end of the fabric and wait a moment for it to dry.

    Tie Dye Step 6

  • 6

    Now cover the rest of the dowel with glue and roll onto the fabric until covered.

    Tie Dye Step 7

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    Repeat on the opposite end of the fabric ensuring it’s on the same side of the fabric.

    Once dried, all you need is two small nails in your wall to rest the wood part on – nothing else required.

    Tie Dye Post 2

    I hope you like it and this might inspire you to bring a little boho chic into your home!

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By Carole Poirot on 06.05.14

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