Have you ever felt like dipping your clothes in paint and then in glitter? Every day, right? That’s what kind of mood I was in last week when I made these sparkly shorts for my daughter. They were easy, fast and perfect for summer! Grab your favorite dyes and your favorite glitter! Lets make some dipped, dyed and glittered shorts!
Sometimes I get in moods where I just want to glitter everything. If not covered in glitter, I could at least do the trim right?! When I first started working on this project I thought the shorts needed a little “pop” and a fun “wow” factor -hello glitter! And I know exactly what you are thinking, “Gosh Kathy, won’t the glitter wash off?” Actually it won’t! I’m using the Tulip Glitter Bond as my glue for this project. I am sure it will fade after a few washes, but all you have to do is touch it up and you’re good to go.
1. Wash your shorts, leave them damp. Add water to the dye bottle and shake. Set the shorts on a plastic tablecloth and spray at the bottom.
2. Well, I changed my plan. I decided instead of spraying the shorts, I wanted them to look dipped. Therefore I switched out the top of the bottle to a tip instead of the sprayer. I hung up the shorts using a pant hanger and dripped the the dye in an even row along the shorts. This gives it the dipped look. Drip, dip, it’s all the same, right?
3. Let them set for six hours, then use the sprayer to remove the excess dye. This will prevent the dye from getting on the white part of the shorts. Spray until the water runs clear. Put on the plastic gloves that come with the dye and squeeze out the water and any remaining excess dye. NOW you can wash them in the washer on cold.
4. After they are dry, iron them and create a crease at the bottom of each leg. This will give you a nice, crisp guideline to add the glitter!
5. Paint on a juicy layer of Tulip Glitter Bond and then pour on the glitter! Tap off excess. Do this for the front and back of each cuff. You can also do the belt loops too!
Let dry for an hour.
And here you go – ready-to-wear! To wash, turn inside out and wash in cold water. Hang dry. If your glitter fades after a couple washings, simply repeat the glittering process!
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