Saturday, July 28, 2012

DIY Tie Dye and Ombre-ing with Bleach

Hey guys! So this is my very first DIY post! Yay! This calls for a celebration!! 
So yesterday, I was playing around with bleach with my best friend, Florianne, from kindergarten to eighth grade. We didn't attend the same high school, and sadly we drifted apart, but what's a better way to bond than to spend a whole day revamping our boring old clothes?? Let me answer that, pretty much nothing!! :D 

So what you would need for this project would be: 
- a bucket, large-ish container, a tub or sink, anything to hold your bleach solution in
- bleach
- rubber gloves
- rubber bands
- goggles (optional but recommended)
- clothes!

So here you can see me tying rubber bands around my jeggings. Make sure you scrunch them up really well, and that the rubber bands are tight. 

Here is the rubber-banded creature: 

I recommend bleaching outside or somewhere extremely well-ventilated because of the toxic fumes of the bleach. We chose to bleach in the garage with the garage door open. 
We used a 1/3 bleach and 2/3 water solution, but you can definitely put more bleach in if needed. 
Soak your rubber-banded creature, until it changes to your desired color. (Note: Denim takes a long time to change color.) 

After you get your desired color, rinse the creature out with cold water. Then take off the rubber bands and rinse it again. Throw it in the washing machine by itself. No detergent is needed. Make sure to put it on the cold water cycle. Then throw it in the dryer by itself or with other similar colored clothing that got bleach too. 

Here is Florianne and her newly tie bleached shorts! We didn't use dye or anything, just bleach! :)

And here are my jeggings and ombre-ed tie front tank top! The funny thing is, my tank turned red because my jeggings dripped out orange dye into the solution, which in turn changed my tank to red. That was pretty cool and unexpected :)

Here are some things I saw on my jeggings:
1. Do you see a snake head with a mohawk? It's smiling with it's eyes, and it's mouth is open!
2. Do you see the skull of an alien??
3. Do you see the bear head?
4. And here are two pharaoh-like people! It's slightly creepy.. 

Well, I hope you thought this post was helpful! It's something you must do! It's a great way to save money by reusing old, unwanted clothes and make them like new again! 

Note: Make sure to wear clothes that you don't mind ruining, in case bleach gets splashed onto it. 


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  2. So cool! Those pants look so awesome!
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  3. Those turned out so great! Keep up the good work

  4. Very cool looking. The little images you were able to see in your pants are crazy! AGH! :]

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