DIY // Tie-Dye Denim Shorts


  • Denim shorts  
  • Rubber gloves 
  • Elastic bands  
  • Dye teinture    
  • Plastic bucket 

1. Put your shorts in water to make them wet before you add any dye.
2. Wring the denim so it's not soaking wet.
3. Tie as many rubber bands around your shorts as you like. It doesn't matter how you do it and how many rubber bands you use. Less rubber = more dye.
4. Put hot water in the bucket and add the dye. On the package it says you should add 500 ml water per package, but I used more water to make sure that most of the denim will be covered.
5. Carefully place the wrapped shorts in the bucket. It's important that you don't forget to put on the rubber gloves (like I did) - unless you enjoy dyeing your fingers as well.
6. Extra: For better results you can add 250 g of table salt. Mix it into the water.
7. Flip the shorts every now and then for an even result. If necessary you can put a heavy item on top to push the denim down into the water. I used a glass jar with stones in it.
8. Leave the shorts in the dye for about 30 minutes and thoroughly wash all the extensive dye out under the tap. I used the kitchen sink - not to worry, the dye doesn't stain metals!
9. Once the water is all clear, you can wash the shorts in the wash machine. 
10. When ready, put them in the dryer or lay flat to dry. And VOILA... you're done! 

UPDATE: Check out my second DIY tie-dye project here!

This DIY was inspired by


Randa said...

Amazing! I'm definitely trying this soon .... but I gotta find something to dye! Thanks for sharing this!


Cee said...

I've been anxiously awaiting the results of your first DIY since I saw your snapshots on Instagram and I have to say - those shorts turned out beautifully! I'd be too nervous to try to dye anything, but I can't wait to see you wearing these tie-dyed shorts, they're fabulous. If you're taking orders, let me know ;)

Leonie said...

@ Cee - Sure, I'd take orders! Just can't promise it will turn out exactly as this one (perhaps prettier though)! ;-)

alison*elle said...

Amazing DIY, Leonie! They turned out great! I can't wait to see you wearing them :)

xo, alison*elle said...

amazing job!! did you practise before or you just did it and they turned out so great?

Fashion En Vie said...

That looks great, very creative!

Fashion En Vie

Caroline said...

Love love love this idea!! Thanks!

Life etc... said...

Wow they worked out so well! Right on trend! Next time I'm feeling crafty I'll have to give this a go :)

Life Etc

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

okay girl, i got a bone to pick with you! never utter the words "i'm not a creative person" again alright. from this awesome diy to all the various stylized displays you showcase here there's massive creativity going on. you did a grand job, kudos!!!

love the way they turned out, so fun and the color choice is a vibrant punch of playful cheer.

thanks for the tip off to Revolver Coffee, i haven't been there yet but will def check it out soon! xo ♥

Alexandra said...

I love this Leonie!! Such an incredible tutorial, so simply laid out, you make it look like it would be so easy to do! Hope you've been doing well love - missing all you girls tons!

Alex xoxo

winter naondy said...

Does the dye come off or anything? like does it fade after washing it awhile? Does it have to be a certain fabric?

megan alexander said...

Do you leave the rubber bands on when washing?

TheThreeRockenChics said...

What color dye is that?! I love that color!!