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Make Your Own Hibiscus-Dyed Drop Cloth

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Make Your Own Hibiscus-Dyed Drop Cloth

Stemming from last week’s dip-dyed canvas tablecloth inspiration, here is an easy and natural way to dye an extra piece of fabric. Remodelista editor Sarah soaked a painter’s drop cloth in water with dried hibiscus flowers. The result was a pretty pale pink table cloth, perfect for outdoor entertaining. See below for Sarah’s instructions; for the complete story, visit Remodelista. Photography by Sarah Lonsdale, except where noted.

Above: Sarah’s inspiration was this swath of canvas in an artist’s studio; photo by Christopher Baker.

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Remodelista is a one-stop sourcebook for the considered home, guiding readers through the design and renovation process. Founded by four friends with a shared design DNA and appreciation for intelligent design, Remodelista counts architects, design professionals, and style-conscious consumers among its daily audience. The Remodelista aesthetic favors classic and livable over trendy and transient, well-edited interiors over cluttered environments, and thoughtfully designed products over mass-market, disposable goods.

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10:11AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

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9:01AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

nice!

6:35AM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Thanks

6:51AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

Uh huh....and leave it in the sun for 3 days and it's right back to the color it started as.

12:02AM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

What a lovely shade of pink!

10:38PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

I get a similar effect when a stray red sock ends up in the load of white clothes.

9:54PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Fun! Thanks.

5:08PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Thanks for the article!

1:30PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

not sure why I need a drop cloth that's colored, but looks decorative.

10:52AM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Someone on the Remodelista site mentioned adding salt to the dye to set the color. That's probably a good idea.


If you had your own hibiscus plant, you could save the expense of buying the dried flowers and simply dry the blooms from your plant. The plants are hardy in USDA growing zones 6 - 11, so they can be grown in many parts of the U.S.

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