Centuries old and full of cultural influence, batik fabrics are having a major moment right now. Similar to tie-dying, batik is a method of creating prints and patterns using wax. The wax is painted, stamped, stenciled, or splattered on fabric before being covered with layers of dye to create one-of-a-kind designs. The complex process isn't exactly DIY-friendly, but, here, event producer, designer, author, and Martha Stewart Weddings contributor David Stark shares how you can get the look for your own big day. Use the batik-inspired fabric for your ring bearer's ring pillow, the groomsmen's pocket squares, or favor sachets!
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  • Muslin fabric (or other natural fabric like cotton or linen)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Elmer's® Washable School Glue Gel
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Paint in your choice of colors
  • Mixing dish or palette
  • Paint brushes
  • Bowl or bucket filled with warm water

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1. Iron your fabric before you begin so you have a smooth, blank canvas to work on. Then "draw" your design onto the fabric using the glue. Go graphic and bold or create an intricate floral pattern. Leave the fabric to dry thoroughly, preferably overnight.

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2. After the glue has completely dried, mix your chosen color (or multiple colors) of Martha Stewart Crafts Paint with water. We used a ratio of approximately 1:1 water to paint. Gently brush the paint mixture onto the fabric and allow it to dry thoroughly.

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3. Once the paint has dried, soak your fabric in a bucket or bowl of warm water. After a few minutes, gently massage off the glue and rinse well. Throw the finished fabric into the dryer or hang to dry before ironing.

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4. Sew into a ring bearer pillow, like the one shown here. You could also fashion pocket squares for your groomsmen, or lavender- or candy-filled sachets for your bridal party or guests.

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