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DIY: Tie-Dying for Grown Ups

DIY: Tie-Dying for Grown Ups

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I'm not a big DIY-er, but last weekend on a whim I decided to dye some old shirts that were just hanging around my closet. I figured they would make for some fun weekend/workout attire and dyeing them would be a good way to make some old things new again. I decided to re-vamp these shirts with a few different "dyeing techniques". 

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I used half a bottle of liquid rit dye, a cup of salt, gloves, and a large bucket which I filled with two gallons of steaming hot water. I followed the directions from the rit dye website for setting up then I searched dyeing techniques online but ended up just winging it. For the first one (above) I just twisted it into a ball, tied multiple rubber bands around the circumference of it, then submerged it in the dye bucket.

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I dip dyed the next one, which had a small paint stain near the bottom. The stain was covered completely and I liked how the rayon soaked up the dye (compared to the cotton).For the last one, I bound medium sized rocks with bands (creating the circular sections), then I just twisted the rest of the fabric. I thought I would like the dip-dyed one the best, but the tank top turned out to be my favorite of the three.

The thing I love about dyeing is that you never know how your fabrics will turn out until you unravel them. It was a fun weekend activity and I liked how my shirts came out. This project made me want to try out even more dyeing (it may become my new obsession). I've already worn two of the shirts! Do you DIY? 

Check out some fun DIYs and more at Haley's blog, HR!

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