I’m a little late to the ombre fad (OM-BRUH), but lately I’ve been lusting over everything dip-dye so I decided to have an ombre themed month where each week I’m going to dip-dye something and first up we have DIY ombre shorts so enjoy the step-by-step tutorial! 🙂

If you decide to dip dye a pair of shorts using my tutorial, send me the results and I might feature you on my blog!

*Note: I’m doing 3 shades of purple.

  • Since I’ve never done this, I used these test shorts from Urban Planet for my first dying experience.
  • For dye, I used TINTEX #2 purple.

  • First boil about 4 cups and pour them into a bowl/pot.
  • Then add 1/4 cup of iodized salt to help the dye stick.

  • Add a little bit of the dye, this is going to be what the lightest shade looks like, so don’t put in too much.
  • The submerge the shorts upside down  completely or up until whatever point you want them to start turning purple.

*I wanted a white cuff, so I left a little bit of pant out of the water.

  • When you take them out, they should have a light tint of whatever color you’re using.
  • Now, you’re going to have to section out the rest of your dye depending on how many shades of color you want. I did 3.
  • Add a little more color, then only submerge your shorts about 50% of the way and hold for 10 seconds.

  • You should definitely start to notice an ombre look to the shorts at the point.
  • Dump the rest of the dye in and dip them in about 25%. I just dipped them in to cover the waist bit, up to the stitching.

  • Tah-dah! The finished product! As you can see, the distressed parts stained darker because the material is thinner, but I kind of like it that way.
  • Now, let the shorts sit overnight or until dry, then handwash carefully (or not at all if you don’t care.. probably will lead to less color loss) and you’re ready to rock ’em!

*I distressed mine a bit  and have added some studs since then to create more of a grungy look, if you want to see a tutorial on that, just let me know!