Fill a six-quart bin with four quarts of hot water, and add three to four teaspoons of liquid dye. To tint only the outside, as we've done here, place both hands inside the cup or bowl and push down to submerge it in the liquid, leaving the top 1/2 inch above the water line. Experiment with dyeing times -- from a quick dip for a hint of color to a minute or more for a deeper hue. You can also add more dye to the water to darken the tone.
Let the items dry on a paper-towel-lined tray for a few hours, and then use them to hold freshly cut flowers, nuts, or candy at your next party.
Four quarts hot water
Paper cups and bowls
Create a fun palette for your next gathering by dip-dyeing paper cups and bowls.
Resources: RIT liquid dye, in Evening Blue, Denim Blue, Lemon Yellow, and Purple, ritdye.com. Cups, by Wasara, and bowls, by Wasara; branchhome.com.