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DIY Dip Dye

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“She drips in color” comes to mind whenever I see this trend — it brings a certain happiness to tees, dresses, shorts, shirts… almost anything!  And, it has become an eye opener look for spring and summer.  We love how dip dying your basic tee gives it new life in a fun and creative way.  There are so many different ways you can experiment with this technique that you can kind of get carried away – here we love the subtle approach with a sprinkled burst of color.

Follow these easy steps to create your very own dip dye tee — you can do it with cotton dresses too!!


What you need: A tray, 1 measuring cup, salt, Dylon dye of any color (not the machine washable ones), heavy duty cleaning gloves and a basic white tee.

Mix a quarter of the Dylon dying powder into the tray with 4 cups of warm water and 4 tablespoons of salt. Once the powder has dissolved, fill the tray up with water to make a very diluted color. Soak the bottom of the tee so the color will trail up it nicely.

Place the tee slowly in the color until you see the color running up. Keep it in there for 1 minute (you want the color to be quite faint), then drain the excess water and rinse in the sink under cold water.

Hang to dry for 15 minutes until it’s damp.

Take the leftover dye powder and sprinkle onto the tee as much as you like. It creates a lovely speckled effect!

Hang to dry. Once it’s fully dried and the dye has absorbed in, give it another rinse in the sink and dry again. Then you’ll have your very own dip dye tee for the summer!

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Alexandra -May 16, 2012, 9:24AM

What a beautiful and creative idea! Never have seen a DIY tyedye that was that well done! Thinking I may have to give this one a shot on a lazy summer afternoon :)! Great post!

Ivana -May 16, 2012, 10:11AM

such an awesome DIY! and what a creative idea! have to try it! =)

xoxo, Ivana

Lulu -May 16, 2012, 11:28AM

I love this speckled dip dye look! Thank you for posting easy steps to follow. Time to gather up all my old whites and get started!

Lily -May 16, 2012, 12:37PM

nice idea with the speckling – how would you suggest to wash it?

tara polly -May 16, 2012, 1:11PM

hooooly crap, the speckling is amazing. doing this soon! xo.

Christina -May 16, 2012, 2:12PM

I’m doing this asap! What a perfect shirt for summer!

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diyearte by L & S -May 16, 2012, 6:46PM

woooooow we love it!!! ♥

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dragon fruit -May 16, 2012, 9:42PM

this is awesome! giving it a try asap! great diy :)

Sammy -May 16, 2012, 11:58PM

I love that the instructions are simple. On my bucket list for summer!

smiley -May 17, 2012, 2:48AM

This is amazing! I love DIY ♥
wery nice post

FP Jemma -May 17, 2012, 9:50AM

Hi Lily, I would suggest you hand wash it in cold water!

Zoe -May 17, 2012, 11:03AM

this is amazing, love it!


Lynnette -May 17, 2012, 1:32PM

This is awesome, thanks for sharing!!

Taylor -May 17, 2012, 10:25PM

I’m trying this over the weekend!!! You could do all of the colors in the rainbow! I’m also interested to try multiple colors for a two-toned ombre effect! :)

Mandi -May 18, 2012, 11:12AM

I love the dusting technique…I accidentally did this to the top of my dryer, but never thought to try it on the fabric!

Tamber -May 18, 2012, 11:55AM

This looks awesome guys!! Try to avoid breathing in the dust from the dye powder though…

Andrea -May 22, 2012, 3:10PM

Really cute idea! I have to say though, I miss your blogs old layout. It’s a pain to have to click on every single post to look at the whole thing. I miss the days of being able to simple scroll through all the lovely images you post!

Martha Winger -May 25, 2012, 4:33PM

Can’t wait to try this. So creative and fun! Great job.

Melissa -May 26, 2012, 1:30AM

I love this idea. My daughter is having a baby girl and I am going to do this to some onesie’s.
Thanks for tutorial.

Jae -June 9, 2012, 12:18PM

That turned out great! I’ve seen a lot of dip dye tutorials and this is the most creative.

Jess -July 7, 2012, 3:31PM

Hey guys I’d love it if some of you would check out my video on how to dip dye dark extensions

Abi Hunter -July 13, 2012, 3:49AM

such a great idea, thanks so much for posting it, ive made myself a turquoise one (pics here and i love it :)

Lovely One -July 19, 2012, 8:50PM

Does it work on jeans?

Dorothy -July 29, 2012, 10:05AM

So pretty, I love it! I’m going to try this with sheer white curtains for our sliding glass door and kitchen window in sea glass colors for a beach-y vibe. thanks for another inspiring, yet easy idea!

diyearte by L & S -July 30, 2012, 8:26AM

we love it!!!

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linda -August 2, 2012, 11:07AM

Must do! Such simple directions and the very best dyed tee I’ve ever!

Sarah B -August 22, 2012, 9:04PM

This is such a beautiful shirt and when I did it as a project with my daughter it came out exactly as it looks in the picture… Until it got washed. Then all 3 shirts we made turned light pink with some darker speckles at the bottom. We followed the instruction exactly but unfortunately the idea didn’t seem to pan out past the initial stage.

Bailey -September 12, 2012, 12:04PM

Will this DIY ombre work on jeans?
Any suggestions for the dye NOT washing out in the laundry machine?

Leigha -September 18, 2012, 8:56AM

Do you wet or dampen the t-shirt before dyeing it?

julie -September 21, 2012, 11:02AM

Thats awsome.:) but whats the salt for? U didnt say

Jennifer -September 22, 2012, 3:41PM

Love it!
Julie, the salt is mixed in with the dye and water.

lais -November 3, 2012, 5:49PM

de mais legal mais eu sou brasileira mais muito estilosa ne gente i love dip dye !!!! =) biju laisinha mello s2

lucy -December 2, 2012, 5:52PM
lucy -December 2, 2012, 5:52PM

loved it!!!!!

Audrey -December 12, 2012, 9:44PM

You could put some shapes eg letters, before sprinkling

vero -February 16, 2013, 10:07PM

Hi! i want to know if this Dylon Dye is for polyester or modal fabric ? I dont know HOW to call This in de US because I want to do this, but this t shirt after the dying i want to sublimate ( a type of stamping method in some fabrics) Thanks, and sorry for my bad english :)

yamilet -June 2, 2013, 4:47PM

Super cute. Wonder if it works with fring up shirts? Only one way to find out!!!

Hannah -June 10, 2013, 1:41PM

I just did this. I used a different kind of powder dye but it works the same. And i used a color t shirt. Its not so easy to get a straight across line when you wet it and its really messy, but its pretty cool =]

Hannah -June 10, 2013, 1:56PM

Oh and i used a dark color. i used navy blue. so that could make it messier

indie_minnie mouse_ -July 12, 2013, 11:13AM

omg!!!!! wow i neva new it was jus tht easy im gonna start as quickly as possible

Sarah K -August 2, 2013, 9:25PM

This seems like a fun project!

Shelley -August 2, 2013, 10:16PM
Julenecakes -August 3, 2013, 11:37AM

I can’t wait to try this! I LOVE dying old clothes to give them new a life. Thanks for sharing!

Maggie May's Gifts -August 21, 2013, 8:45PM

That is so creative to do the powder at the end for the dotted effect. Love it!!

Zoe -September 6, 2013, 8:55PM

I loved this idea! I tried it with the single tone ombre look and also did a two tone with orange and red. I did find some issues though, the back of the shirt was hard to do and when you washed it the color also showed up on the white part of the shirt. Still looks awesome though! Cant wait to try in again except with the hand washing method!! Thanks for the awesome idea!

Crystal -September 27, 2013, 12:30PM

I am new to crafting with fabrics and I love this idea. I have one question though. Is there any way to possibly do this effect with a black t-shirt? I’m trying to spice up some old shirts I have and most are black. I know you’d have to bleach out some of the color and I’m not sure how easy that would be! Thanks!

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Louise -October 27, 2013, 10:30AM

Totally copy-and-pasting this around to all the FB bloggers, in hopes of a reply!
I have a question I’ve been meaning to ask the FP blogger (or anyone else who’d like to help me out), I love the style of photography you all have, and am just wondering what cameras you all use? I’m hoping to get a proper camera, and love the arty side of photography, but am hopeless at understanding the technological side. If you could let me know, I’d be so grateful. (If your sugesstions turn out to fit my price range I’d be even more grateful!!)

Kim -January 12, 2014, 11:42AM

hello Jemma
what color is that in te picture. I would like to do this to the valances in my daughter’s playroom.

Kim -January 12, 2014, 11:43AM

hello Jemma
what color is that in the picture. I would like to do this to the valances in my daughter’s playroom.

mei -March 10, 2014, 6:01PM

Love the speckling! Adds a unique touch to the finished product :)
Do you know if the dye works with polyester / chiffon blouses too?

azam -April 15, 2014, 2:02AM

can you give source to purchase these dyes and
what is the left over dye powder?

Willow Stevens -July 1, 2014, 1:50PM

Can you use other fabric dyes such as Rit? I’ve done a watermark shirt with Rit and I still have some left. If it doesn’t work that’s fine but I just wanted to ask.

Jeezy -July 20, 2014, 5:57AM


Can this be done in different colored shirts, like black or grey?

Ells -September 28, 2014, 8:43AM

Fantastic! Also works on any other cotton/viscose based clothes.

Aundrea -October 5, 2014, 1:30PM

Many thanks for this web page, can happily announce we now have a steam shower of our
own and we think it’s great

Shreya -February 24, 2015, 2:50AM

I am planning to do it with a different color tshirt in light dark effect.

Liv -December 5, 2015, 7:25PM

Does it have to be dylon dye?

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