Make Your Own India Ink Party Decor

Spotted at Tail of the Yak in Berkeley: exotic party decor in the form of paper flowers, garlands and mobiles made with antique fabric stamps. Co-founders Lauren and Alice fashion these magical garlands using India ink, colored paper, gold leaf and string. See inspirational images and sources below. Photography by Mimi Giboin for Remodelista.

Above: Antique stamps from India at Tail of the Yak.


Above: Lauren and Alice printed these red patterns onto white paper garlands.


Above: For color, source J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink (L); $10 each at Tail of the Yak. Also consider a set of India ink such as Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Ink Set (R); $32.49 from Amazon.

Above: Chinese calligraphy brushes are used for painting ink freehand onto paper or onto antique stamps for printing. A Calligraphy Brush Set of 10 is $24.95 from Chinese Calligraphy Store.


Above: The finished garland can be strung across a room or used as trim on wall shelves.

Are you throwing a party this summer? Visit Remodelista’s post High-Style, Low-Cost Party Decor for more ideas on making inexpensive and festive decorations.


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Angela N.
Angela N5 years ago


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Jon Hoy
Jonjon Hoy5 years ago

This is July and were already talking about New Years?

Kelly Rogers
Kelly Rogers5 years ago


Alicia N.
Alicia N5 years ago

very cool-thanks!

Gloria H.
Gloria H5 years ago

you can check out Martha Stewart party ideas in her Living the public libraries for free. I always browse the "good ideas" section for things to make.Some are stupid, but others are really cool crafts, and use things you have around the house. Public libraries are an excellant source for books on origami, flower arranging, etc that you can make your party handmade and special. There is always the Dollar Store for those who are less crafty.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Rebecca S.
Rebecca S5 years ago

interesting, thanks.

Jay K.
Jay K5 years ago

the best - thanks.