Make Your Own Dip Dyed Ombre Shirt

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I love the ombre effect. It’s on everything these days, clothes, decor and even hair. It’s such a beautiful look and super easy to do yourself. You can update the style of any white thrift store shirt quickly and easily by just using some regular colored dye.

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You’ll need a plastic tub, rubber gloves, salt, dye, a wooden stir stick, and a white shirt. Cotton shirts work best for this kind of project. You can use shirts made from other fibers, but the colors will be different.

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Be sure to thoroughly wet the shirt before you dye it.

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Pour boiling water into the plastic tub.

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Since my shirt was cotton, I added a cup of salt.

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Stir until the salt is dissolved.

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Use the dye of your choice.

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Pour half of the dye into the salted water.

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Hang the shirt above the tub so the bottom third of the shirt is submerged into the dye bath.

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Keep the bottom third of the shirt in the dye bath for ten minutes.

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Lower the next third of the shirt into the dye bath and leave the bottom two thirds submerged for three minutes.

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Then submerge the rest of the shirt for 30 seconds. Use the wooden stir stick to make sure all of the shirt is getting in the dye bath.

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Rinse the shirt in cold water. Make sure you are still wearing the rubber gloves while you are rinsing, unless of course, you like the look of purple hands. :) Hang your shirt to dry.

The top stitching thread on my shirt must not have been cotton because they stayed white. To me, this was a nice surprise.

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Just remember:

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Have fun!

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Beth

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