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.
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.
Be sure to thoroughly wet the shirt before you dye it.
Pour boiling water into the plastic tub.
Since my shirt was cotton, I added a cup of salt.
Stir until the salt is dissolved.
Use the dye of your choice.
Pour half of the dye into the salted water.
Hang the shirt above the tub so the bottom third of the shirt is submerged into the dye bath.
Keep the bottom third of the shirt in the dye bath for ten minutes.
Lower the next third of the shirt into the dye bath and leave the bottom two thirds submerged for three minutes.
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.
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.