These flowers, once transformed, look like they’re made out of tulle or a very sheer fabric!
It all starts with used dryer sheets, which is a great reason to do the laundry. “Honey, I need to do laundry so I can craft!” The dryer sheets will be tea-stained first. After making them into flower shapes, I’ll dye the dryer sheets with spray ink dyes and add some glimmery goodness. After I dry the flowers with a heat tool, I’ll have lovely shabby-style flowers!
Dryer Sheets (used)
Wire twisty-ties (like what keeps your bread bags closed)
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in pumpkin spice (orange) and dragonfly (aqua/teal)
Perfect Pearls Mists in heirloom gold and perfect pearl
1. Do some laundry. Yes, now laundry becomes fun, doesn’t it? You have a purpose beyond simply insuring there are clean clothes. Now you are beginning to hoard to start your collection of used dryer sheets.
2. Make two cups of tea. The first cup is for tea-staining (I think I just made that a verb?) the dryer sheets. The second cup of tea is for you to enjoy. (After all that laundry, you deserve it, right?
3. Dye the dryer sheets with the tea. Once the tea has steeped for 5 minutes (to get the color nice and rich), remove the tea bag. Place the used dryer sheets into the tea bath and use a spoon to make sure they are immersed into the tea. (I’m using a giant mug that doubles as a soup bowl, but you can’t really tell from these pictures. And yes, I drink my tea out of a giant mug because I need all the help caffeine I can get!)
4. Let the dryer sheets sit in the tea bath for about 10 minutes. Keep in mind that these sheets are delicate, so use a spoon to gently lift them out of the tea bath one at a time. Place each one on a paper towel to dry.
You’ll notice how textured the dryer sheets now look, with the tea staining some parts more than others. For a truly shabby look, you could use this (the tea stain) as your finished color of the flowers. So many decorating possibilities!
5. Once completely dry, this is what your pile of dryer sheets should look like:
13. Repeat the heat tool step for each flower. I actually spend quite some time on this step, repeatedly picking up each flower and “heating” several times. Again, you will know when you’re finished with this step: it is as simple as stopping when you like how it looks.Here’s the flowers dried and curled:
Here’s a closer look: