How to Dye Pantyhose

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Things You'll Need

  • Large pot

  • Water

  • Two 5-gallon buckets

  • All-purpose or fabric dye

  • 2 smooth sticks that will not snag pantyhose

  • Pantyhose

  • Cold water

  • Warm water

  • Rubber gloves

  • Detergent

  • Old towel

  • Clothesline or rack

Dye pantyhose the perfect color to match an outfit or costume.

If you need a specific color of pantyhose for a costume or outfit and can't find them, try dying your own. Change the color of your pantyhose using all-purpose or fabric dyes. You can even create a unique pattern in your hose by wrapping them in rubber bands before exposing them to the dye. This will create a tie-dyed look that will add interest to your attire. Dying white or nude-colored pantyhose works best.


Step 1

Fill a large pot with water until the level is three inches below the top of the pot to avoid overflowing (about three gallons). Place the pot on the stove over medium-high heat and bring the water to a boil.

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Step 2

Transfer the boiled water into a 5-gallon plastic bucket in which the dye will be mixed to save your pot from permanent stains. Pour the water carefully and slowly so you don't splash it on your skin. Add the all-purpose or fabric dye to the water in the bucket according to the rate specified on the package. Stir the dye into the water slowly with a smooth stick.


Step 3

Wet a pair of pantyhose in cold water. Place the pantyhose in the dye solution and use the smooth stick to push them under the surface. Use only a smooth stick when working with the pantyhose to avoid tearing them. Slowly stir the pantyhose in the dye for five to 30 minutes. Remove them with the smooth stick at the five-minute mark for a light color or at the 30-minute mark for an extremely dark color.


Step 4

Place the pantyhose in a second 5-gallon bucket half full of clean, warm water. Use a second stick to stir them around in the water to remove any excess dye. Put on a pair of plastic gloves to avoid staining your hands. Remove the pantyhose from the water and hand wash them in a sink with detergent.


Step 5

Drape an old towel over a clothesline or rack to protect it from dye stains. Place the pantyhose over the towel to dry for one to two hours. Store your dyed pantyhose out of direct sunlight to avoid fading their color.


Bunch up the pantyhose and wrap rubber bands around them before placing them in the dye to create a tie-dyed look.


Allow the pantyhose to dry completely before attempting to wear so there is no dye transferred to the skin.


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