Wedding Wednesday: Help Me Figure Out This Friggin’ Fabric Ceremony Alter

Well, I’m fucked. I have got quite the little wedding DIY dilemma for y’all this Wedding Wednesday and I’m too lazy confused to figure it out on my own. Soooo, it’s Tulle Nation to the rescue!!! Dun Dun Dah Duuuun!

First up, I should disclose that last week I unintentionally landed myself a “real” job. Walked into an interview for a 2 month contract gig (we needed to build up our savings again after last year’s suckfest of last minute traveling) and walked out with a full-time job. It’s a great company and I adore my work environment (And my bosses? Married and the cutest things EVER!) but…

Now I’m struggling to fit the gym, The Boy time, cleaning my house, and wedding stuff into a few hours every day (Common enough problems, no? Y'all, I was SPOILED before!). And so, when a DIY I planned on being so simple turns into something else… I call on Tulle Nation to help me figure it out. Specifically, I need some help creating this:

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Image Courtesy of: Ruffled Blog

I LURVE IT! We are getting married under a huge oak tree on our property (the main branch is a good 10 or 15 feet long and forms a perfect arch). I want to have one of these fabric streamer thingies across the entire length of the oak tree’s branch.

Image Courtesy of: At No. 64

So all year long I’ve been collecting old cream, white, or beige sheets with the intention of dyeing them different shades of blue and making one of those suckers. Easy-peasy, right? Um. Not so much. Here’s what I got from the first two batches:

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And a close-up:

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Less like the gorgeous ocean hues I was hoping for and more like those ugly ass scrubs that doctors wear. HELP!!! I used a bottle of liquid RIT dye in Azure Blue on the first 4-5 sheets and a bottle of liquid RIT dye in Teal for the next batch of 4-5. I followed the instructions exactly (added salt and pre-wetted the sheets). I have a high-efficiency washing machine and did it as a heavy duty load on the hottest cycle (and added in the recommended extra rinse). The sheets all dyed beautifully (no streaking or missed spots) – it’s just that the colors are not pretty.

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Image Courtesy of: Green Wedding Shoes

So, Tulle Nation – what do I do? I have more sheets and time to dye them but do any of you know how to create the lovely aqua, turquoise, and robin’s egg blues that I’m hoping for? Any specific dye company recommendations or tips on using RIT dyes better? Anyone work for a fabric dye company who’d like to share some ideas with me??? Let me know, please – I’m flummoxed.