Friday, June 01, 2012


Galaxy Essential Upgrades: How to DIY dip dye clothing

The following post if bought to you by Galaxy Essential Upgrades




tee: DIY
trousers: american apparel
wedges: H&M
necklace: regal rose*


Today is going to be my first post for Galaxy Essential Upgrades Campaign! A brief reminder of the upgrades idea is essentially little things to make your life a little bit more special. I'll be focusing on posts to do with upgrading your life, wardrobe and makeup bag. Things like D.I.Y's, must have products to add to your makeup collection, tutorials, short guides on making the most of the clothes already have and loads more.

For my first post, I have decided to try a DIY clothing upgrade post on how to dip dye a basic plain white t-shirt. I seriously love the faded effect on clothing and already own a tshirt similar to the one I've DIY'ed that was about ten times the price. Dip Dye clothing has been super hot over the spring and continues into the summer season. This method is super cheap, and an incredibly easy way to upgrade a key article of clothing with an on trend ombre effect. Once you've mastered the dip dye method you can use the technique for various other clothing items from dresses to leggings! The DIY is under the cut!





how to dip dye ombre tee tshirt clothing diy

For the DIY Ombre Upgrade you will need:
- The item you want to dip dye
- Rubber Gloves
- Large bowl (I used a washing up bowl)
- Packet of dye (I've used Dylon in Antique Grey)
- Salt
- Hot water
- Bowls

For the purpose of the post, I'm using a Mens medium sized basic white Tshirt from Primark. I like using oversized white men's tshirts for customisation as I prefer the slouchier fit! I'm also using Dylon Fabric Dye for Hand Use as this is more appropriate for smaller items. Dylon comes in tons and tons of colours so you can go as crazy as you like picking colours! You can pick these up from craft stores or online, but I got mine from Wilkinsons for around £3. Make sure you protect your surfaces as well as wearing rubber gloves at all times especially when you are mixing the colour and submerging the item! You don't want to dip dye your arms!


how to dip dye ombre tee tshirt clothing diy


1. Take you packet of dye and split the contents into three containers you can do this by eye as it doesn't need to be accurate. We are going to make the dye less concentrated on the first dip and then add more colour towards the bottom of the item. This will make the dip dye ombre effect.


how to dip dye ombre tee tshirt clothing diy
how to dip dye ombre tshirt clothing diy

2. Fill your large bowl with the amount of water it recommends on the packet, This will vary depending on the dye you use. Add the of salt you need as stated on the packet and stir with a stick or a spoon. Then add one of the containers of dry dye mixture to the water and stir.

3. Soak the product you are going to upgrade in cold water and wring it out so the item is damp but not dripping. This will help the dye take to the fabric.

how to dip dye ombre tshirt tee clothing diy

4. Now submerge about 2/3 of the item into the dye. It is crucial you keep the parts you want to stay the original colour well away from the dyed water! I'd suggest putting the item on a clothing hanger because it makes it easier to hold on to and not get colour on. Hold the item for a few minutes so the dye can take to the fabric.

how to dip dye ombre tshirt tee clothing diy

5. Remove the item from the bowl and add the second container of dye and mix. Then make your second dip but this time dip in 2/3 of the dyed area. Again leave for a few minutes for the dye to take.



6. Repeat step 5 with the last container of dye. This is going to be the part with the most concentrated amount of dye and will come out the darkest so I suggest only dipping the last few inches.

7. Remove your item from the bowl and rinse thoroughly in cold water, try to keep the colour running away from the lightest area of the item as the dye can run into it on this step. Make sure you get all the dye out and then wash and dry the item as usual.

And you're done! It's a super straightforward easy upgrade to basic clothing or a awesome way to refresh items you already own!
Personal Disclaimer: I am being paid by Galaxy Essential Upgrades for creating content as part of their campaign. None of the posts I create are constructed or forced by them, All opinions and ideas are my own. I created all the content in this post. I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in this post apart from Galaxy.

60 comments:

  1. wooww i love this effect :)

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  2. I posted a DIY on ombré tshirts a week ago, they're so easy! I've made loads and taken ten all on holiday!
    xx

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  3. It's subtle,and looks great on the tee. I've got some navy dye to do a shirt after seeing very similar in Zara. This post is going to help me actually get on and ombre it. :)
    x

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  4. It looks so good Lily! I love those leggings as well, I seriously ought to buy a pair xx

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  5. I've never thought to try this, but actually why buy one when you can make a personal one so cheaply and easily!

    I only wish I could pull off the slouchy look a bit better, I try to look cool but only seem to make it look hobo!
    :-p lol

    Dayner x my blog - mozzypop.com

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  6. I am definitely going to have to try this.. I love the ombre look... So cool!
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  7. Such a great idea for a DIY. I love the ombre effect on clothes but hate paint gut £30 TopShopesque price tag for something that's so easy to make. Thanks for the really clear steps as well makes it so much easier.
    xx

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  8. I'm definately going to try this, wanted a dip dyed t-shirt for ages, cant wait for some more of these posts :) xx

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  9. This looks lush, definitely trying this out. x

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  10. wish i had seen how you had done yours before i did mine today ,it didnt turn out as good as yours :/haha

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  11. Wow, this looks great!

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  12. I'm gonna be DIY'ng a shirt I bought from asos very soon ! I can't wait ! Thank you for showing us this post !

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  13. This looks so good and easy! I might try it! xo

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  14. Love this tutorial! Really helpful, so will be definitely be trying this out soon! Thinking of doing it on a white top aswell and maybe some denim shorts! xx
    Dreams and Dresses

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  15. It looks shop bought, you did a great job!

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  16. awesome! i can't wait to try this out myself!

    great post lily!

    alissa b
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  17. Need to try this out! xo

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  18. such a great post! I have wanted to do this for a while, it looks so good xxx

    Beth

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  19. amazing DIY!!

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  20. this looks amazing! and so easy to do as well :) xo

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  21. i love this looks so good! whats the salt for?

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    1. to activate the dye, on the packet it says you need to add salt

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  22. Really cool idea... & love the trend. I'd do this using a different colour though :)
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  23. I love the way the tee looks and how easy this sounds!! Will definitely give it a go, great post!

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  24. Can't wait to do this! So inspiring x

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  25. Love your Hair.


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  26. I did this with a pair of jeans the other day. Your top looks good!

    Laila x
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  27. I love this! I've bookmarked it to do it later! <3 xxx

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  28. Brilliant DIY, I definitely want to try this in a few different ways this summer! :) xx

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  29. I have found my bank holiday project! Fab!

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  30. I love this idea, will definitely try it!

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  31. Love this! I definitely want to try this out, you make it look so cute, and so easy! Can't wait to see your articles for Galaxy too, congrats!
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  32. I’m defo going to try that out, thanks. Oh and I love your hair xx

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  33. Worth a go!

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  34. I love how subtle this is. I'd really like to try it.

    I know it's REALLY random, but I would love it if you made a post on how you prepare your porridge.

    xoxo

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    1. its a bit random and doesn't really fit with my blog, but i use half skimmed milk half water and put it in the microwave (:

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  35. going to try this later!!! but not sure what colour to try! and suggestions?xx

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  36. What an easy and beautiful idea. Already getting my gloves and dye...

    Kristina
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  37. Worked well... might have to have a go at this myself. Addicted to tie dye too.

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  38. I've recently done this to the t-shirts on my store! It's a good idea!

    xx

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  39. I love how this effect looks. I want to try it out. I'm obsessed with DIY at the moment! I've posted about a dress I diy'd just today :)

    xx

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  40. This looks awesome Lily! Definitely going to give it a go one weekend (cue around 200 bloggers popping up with DIY dip-dyed t-shirts...)

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  41. i really want to try diy more often with clothes, might save me some money

    chlo @chlowitty blogs

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  42. im heading down to wilko's now haha thanks for sharing :)

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  43. Wow that looks pretty! Great tips, gonna try it one day!

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  44. What a great idea - so want to try this asap! Although bit scared i might spill it all haha x

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  45. So you use the most powder for your first container for the first dip? I'm confused haha xxx

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  46. Love a bit of DIY... great blog. Sophie X

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  47. Great tutorial, I have been a little scared of DIY Dip Dyeing as I feel as though I will make a complete mess, but I love how neat and tidy your photo's are so I might just have to give it a go!

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  48. I love this idea! Great Dye.

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