Dip-Dye Wrapping Paper
- Food coloring
- Porous rice paper (available at craft stores in 24-by-36-inch sheets)
- Paper clips
For a striped pattern, accordion-fold a sheet of rice paper into a thin strip, and attach paper clips to the ends. For a diamond pattern, fold a square in half diagonally to form a triangle, fold it in half again for another triangle, and then fold it once more. With the widest angle on top, fold the other two corners upward so that all three meet; secure with paper clips.
Dip the corners of the square and the long sides of the accordion-folded paper quickly into dye (use about 7 or more drops of food coloring per 1/2 cup of water). Unclip the paper, unfold, and hang it from a clothespin or spread it on craft paper to dry.
To achieve alternating shades of pink, use two dye baths of different strengths.
The longer you dip the paper, the more dye it will absorb.