Dip-Dyed Projects Done Right

How to Dye Fabric
Dip-dyeing is as easy -- and as fun -- as it sounds. Simply dip an object into a vat of dye or paint to create colorful patterns like ombre and color blocking, or try shibori, a Japanese dyeing technique similar to the tie-dyeing you did as a kid. For examples of dip-dyed projects done right, we turned to our favorite bloggers and studied up on their DIY dyeing tutorials.

Ombre Ceramic Pots

Jenni's home decor DIY combines two of her (and now, our) favorite things: dip-dyeing and succulents. Turn a group of dyed ceramic pots into an outdoor party centerpiece or use individual succulent pots as hostess gifts this spring.

Shibori Summer Scarf

Shibori, a Japanese dyeing technique, turns a simple summer scarf into an effortlessly chic accessory. Make an indigo dyed scarf like Sara of Alice and Lois by hosting a crafting party in your backyard when the weather gets warm.

Dyed Tablet Case

Having trouble finding the perfect case for your tablet? We suggest dip-dyeing your own following instructions from Rachel of The Crafted Life. You'll wind up with a totally unique design in the color palette of your choice. 

Dip-Dyed Drinkware

As drinking cups or votive holders, these pastel dipped glasses lend a refreshing splash of color that's perfect for spring. Erin of Earnest Home Co. figured out the best way to create a semiopaque look and shares her tips on her blog.

Color a Canvas Tote

Carry home your groceries in a dip-dyed canvas tote like these from Megan of Glamour and Grace. On the next sunny day, head to your backyard with a large bucket filled with dye, and design a colorful reusable bag worthy of your important errands.

Send a Splashy Note

It doesn't get more personal than a handwritten note on handmade note cards. We love how Amy of This Heart of Mine customized colorful ombre thank-you cards using watercolor paper and leftover fabric dye.

Pretty in Pink

Wall hangings are having a moment, and we especially love how they look in children's and teens' bedrooms. Make this simple dip-dye yarn tassel project from Amy of Homey Oh My! with your little ones -- they'll love that the secret ingredient is Kool-Aid.

Chic Shibori Dish Towels

Scared to try shibori? Experiment with the Japanese art of resist-dyeing by starting with Chelsea's DIY indigo-dyed kitchen towels. Once you start, we bet you'll want to dye everything!

Colorful Semihomemade Confections

Perfect for a baby shower or a birthday party, these dip-dyed delicacies prove that even a small amount of color packs a big punch. See how Kristin of Idlewife transformed store-bought marshmallows into a gourmet treat with some clever color-blocking.

Handcrafted Wall Hanging

If you can sew, you can make a personalized letter mobile like this one by Jessica from Coco and Mingo for This Little Street. For an adorable baby gift, dip-dye each letter to create a soothing ombre color that coordinates with the nursery decor.

Grown-Up Tie-Dye Tee

Work your way up to curtains by practicing your dip-dye technique on a plain white T-shirt. You'll hone your skill while making a trendy top to add to your spring wardrobe. We'd happily wear this ombre shirt from Amanda of Wit and Whistle all season long.

Can't find a fabric in just the right color? Get the perfect shade with a custom dye job, an easy and affordable DIY project. Here are the secrets to fabric dyeing success.

Bonus: How to Dye Fabric

Can't find the perfect shade of fabric? Create your own custom colors with this DIY dyeing tutorial.

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