Monday, April 30, 2012

DIY: Tie Dye Shorts

Tie Dye Shorts

I really love the tie dye cutoff shorts trend for this summer but I can't reason with buying tie dye shorts that are $50 and up. I'm also a lazy person and could not see myself tie dyeing ...anything. The whole tie dye process is so long and tiring. So when I came across the SEI Tumble Dye I knew this was the right product for me and it was going to be soooooo easy to actually pull off this whole DIY project that I've been wanting to do. What's so great about the Tumble Dye? Well first of all it's a spray bottle. Second of all you can do whatever you want with this product: spray, paint, or dip! Easy peasy lemon squeezy! I was super excited to see that on SEI's website you can buy the Tumble Dye bottles separately and that they were only $3 each for a 2 oz bottle. As soon as I found this product I ordered: Mint, Hot Pink, and Turquoise. So I spent my Sunday DIYing my own tie dye shorts. There is no better way of getting over a cold then spending some time DIYing!

What you'll need:

2. Shorts or jeans to DIY (I found an old pair of folding shorts from Target) 
3. Scissors 
4. Sharpie


1. Find an old pair of shorts or jeans that you want to DIY. Try them on and mark the areas where you want to cut them to. I wanted to go a little higher on the thigh so I ticked off two parts on the pants leg.

2. Grab your scissors and cut your shorts!!

3. Before you start spraying directly on to your shorts take a piece of the denim material that you cut off and do some test sprays. You want to see what the colors will look like on the denim material before you start.

4. Once you got an idea what the colors will look like and know how you want to do with your shorts then you can go ahead and start spraying! I wanted to do tri-colors from bottom to top so I started from bottom up. Starting with the turquoise color then working my way up.

5. Once your finish on the front side of your pants flip it over and start one the back side!

6. Don't be afraid to go over your work and spray where it needs to be sprayed or if you wat to add more tie to your shorts.

7. Wait for your shorts to dry and then throw them into the drier for 20 minutes!

Then you have yourself some DIY Tie Dye shorts!

You can de-thread the hems of your shorts with a needle or a safety pin just by pulling in the threads. The more your dry them over time they will also start to de-thread. So don't worry if they aren't too destroyed just yet. If you want destroyed patches I suggest doing that BEFORE you starting dyeing.

What do you think of this DIY? Gonna give it a shot?


  1. that looks awesome! you did a great job, haha I am thinking of dying a few pairs of my shorts too

  2. Oh wow they came out super cute! We need a DIY party :)

  3. AH! i have to try this :) i was just telling someone the other day that I've been on the HUNT for some cutoffs, but they are so pricey! thanks for this DIY :D

    and also, thank you for always leaving such lovely and thoughtful comments on my blog :) THOSE are the kind that truly mean the world to me. you seem so genuine and are so sweet for taking the time out to do so. i just want to let you know that it truly warms my heart!

    tiana of l'esthetique

  4. omg!! i love it!! The shorts look amazing!! i think i need to get myself one!!

  5. nice diy!
    i adore these king of shorts.they look like rainbows!

  6. I desperately want to do this!! looks like a fun project and would definitely be better for my wallet :)
    btw.. i just moved to nyc and was wondering if you were part of any fashion blogger groups I could be part of. let me know.. would love to hang :)

  7. Wow, seeing this makes me want to do this! Your shorts look so cool. X

  8. I love it!!! Amazing! :)


  9. I absolutely love that you decided to DIY these!! What a great idea and so cost-effective. Love!

    Xo Chelle

  10. Love the shorts, great DIY!

    Great blog too. If you like we could follow each other via GFC x

  11. Oh my god these are amazing! I've never actually seen multicolour tie dye denim shorts before and there are gorgeous- great post.

    Sophie x

  12. Wow, this is such a great DIY! and the shorts looks great on you. Great job-- :) xo akiko

    Style Imported

  13. thanks so much!! will definitely check it out :)

  14. ohhhh this looks fun! Thanks for sharing boo! xo


  15. That looks fun ~ I actually have a pair cf jeans that I no longer wear ... Maybe I should try that :)


  16. aahh this looks awesome haha. thanks for the tutorial! your shorts look amazing and the colours are so beautiful <3 gotta try this with some of my old, daggy shorts!

  17. I love it!!! Kisses from mynicestworld

  18. Love the result! I used these spray bottles in class to tie dye a shirt...loved how easy it was.

    xo erica

  19. You did an awesome job! LOVE the colors you chose! I think I may try this too :)

  20. Those are awesome! Great job!!

  21. Such a fabulous DIY - the shorts came out so cute :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  22. They turned out just like the ones from the store!

    xo Jennifer

  23. I haven't tried that dye, but now I'm intrigued! Looks so easy! Love the results!

  24. They'd come out better if you bleached the shorts first... your blog picture is misleading.

    1. Hi- Sorry if you found my "inspiration board" misleading but I did state that I'm lazy. I never said that you DIDN'T have to bleach your shorts, sorry if I didn't give that as an option which of course it is. It all depends on how you want your shorts to come out. I didn't bleach mine and they came out just the way they did in my pictures that I took myself.

  25. Really cute post!

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