Jun 30

Rit Dye DIY

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Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.

Do you remember wearing tie dye clothing in elementary and junior high school?  I used to love this DIY craft but it always seemed so messy and time consuming.  I’m not sure if the Rit Dye products have changed or that I just have more patience, either way, it’s not hard to do.

The hardest part was finding an article of clothing that I wanted to dye!  I signed up to attend the Radiant Orchid Summer party so in preparation I wanted to have something to wear in radiant purple.  I purchased a summer tank and canvas slip-on sneakers at Kmart and turned them from cotton white to a tie dye purple which came out really nice.

Rit Dye DIY

  Add 1/2 cup of salt and a few squirts of dishwashing liquid to help fabric absorb dye.

Rit Dye DIY

Heat water to boiling.  Dampen shirt with warm water then twist and wrap with rubber bands.

Rit Dye DIY


Pour boiled water into a tub, add package of Rit Dye, salt and dishwashing liquid then stir gently to dissolve.  Make sure to cover your work surface with a plastic covering, I used a Dollar Tree tablecloth.


Put shirt into tub of water and allow to soak for at least 30 minutes, the longer you keep it in the darker the color will be.

allow to soak

For the canvas sneakers, I used a paint brush to cover the rubber sides with Vaseline to prevent dye from staining.

use vaseline around the soles

Use painters tape or masking tape which probably would have been better to add a stripe or patterns to the sneakers.

stuff bags into shoes

Use a sponge brush to lightly paint the canvas, you can go over it several times to make it darker, just take your time.

use rubber gloves

Rit Dye DIY

After soaking the shirt for the desired amount of time, carefully discard water, I poured mine into the toilet and immediately flushed to prevent staining.

rinse until water runs clear

Rinse shirt in cold water until it runs clear or take it outside and use a garden hose to rinse.  I kept pouring my water into the toilet because it was late.

rinse in cold water

clean up tip

Wash in cold water using same color or old towels and two sheets of Shout Color Catchers.

Rit Dye DIY

While waiting for the shirt to wash, I added a little ‘Bling’ to the back of the sneakers using E6000 glue.

Rit Dye DIY

I hung the shirt to dry and wore it the next day to the #RadiantOrchidSummer party which you can read about here

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Rit Dye DIY

Rit Dye DIY


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  1. livingmommywood

    Great share I love Rit Dye!!!

    1. DeDivahDeals

      Isn’t it a fun and easy DIY?

  2. BeWithUs

    Very beautiful! Thank you for sharing~ Cheers!! 😀

    1. DeDivahDeals

      My pleasure, let me know if you try it.

      1. BeWithUs

        The only thing that I know how to dye is my mom’s hair and still not good at it despite trying it so many times…LOL…but I really enjoy seeing how other people doing all these creative craft works!

        Keep it up, my friend! Cheers~ 😀

        1. DelBlogger

          Now that is funny, I’m sure your mother appreciates the effort – lol. I hope you all have a wonderfully safe and fun holiday weekend.

          1. BeWithUs

            Thank you so much, my friend!

            Cheers!! 😀

  3. imagesbytdashfield

    I haven’t done this in years and years! But the shirt turned out great when I did it. Cool post 😉

    1. DeDivahDeals

      Thanks, I think the best part is not knowing what you’ll get until it dries.

  4. Kurves E Zine

    Thanks for sharing. Your shirt came out so good that I may want to try a project.

  5. DeDivahDeals

    Oh, I know you’d have a blast. Let me know if you do.

  6. Lisa

    That looks like lots of fun! I love the color you chose! Hugz Lisa and Bear

    1. DeDivahDeals

      Thanks, I can’t wait to try the neon pink! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  7. Lady Lilith

    That is such a great idea. You can really change a lot of looks.

  8. Me And My Mini Me

    I used to love doing Ty Dye and I was just talking to my mom the other day about doing some ty-dye with Bee(until I realized how messy that would get). But These turned out absolutely fantastic. love them and you look beautiful as always.

    1. DelBlogger

      messy yes, but do it outdoors so Bee can have fun without worrying about the mess.

  9. cole

    No picture of the bling?

    1. DelBlogger

      oops, may need to update the post – thanks for the catch.

  10. Nikki Minors

    Love tie dye. I’m feeling inspired. Chic results.

    1. DelBlogger

      Oh, what are you going to make? Let me know when you finish it.

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