The dip dye trend reminds us of the DIY t-shirts that we made in the late ’80’s. Back then, we certainly did not have the patience and approach (not to mention style) that we have developed over the years to make a piece of cloth dipped in a big bowl of paint look good.
Recently we came across this trend again and decided to give it another try. This time not on our old white tee but on the curtains in the boys room. We thought they could use a funked up version to add a bit of boho to their overall crisp Scandi room.
Although our style has hopefully changed, the method of dip dye has not. It’s easy but does require the right materials.
You will need
- Your curtains (we used linen, Ikea)
- Fabric dye
- Rubber gloves (if you don’t want your hands to end up matching the curtains)
- Stick or old wooden spoon
- Big bucket
Wet the curtains and leave them damp.
Dissolve the dye in water (see the instructions on the packaging)
Fill the bucket with approximately 6 liters of warm water and place it somewhere safe (as it can stain) and stir in the vinegar and the dye. Stir well.
Place the curtain on a chair next to the bucket and carefully and evenly dip the lower edge of the curtain into the bucket. Dip as far in as you require the color to reach.
If you like a subtle shaded effect, dip in a bit more fabric every 10 minutes. If you want a good contrast, just leave the first part in for a longer period of time. The colour will be darkest on those areas of the curtain that have been in contact with the dye for longest.
Check to see if you are happy with the result. Then take out the fabric and rinse with cold water. Wash as normal in warm water to remove any excess dye.
Let the curtains dry completely, just not directly in the sun.