Jul 27, 2013

Fruit Filled Summer: Explorer Danny

I'm currently enjoying all of the sunshine we have been getting but if there is one thing that I love about summer more than anything else it's watermelon, they're my absolute favourite fruit I would eat them every single day if I could.
I love watermelon so much that for those days when I'm craving them just a little too much I made my very own watermelon inspired tee. It's a super fun project that takes no time at all, here's how you can make one too!

What You'll Need:
 A plain white t-shirt
 Hand fabric dye in red and green (I used Dylon but you can use any brand)
 A fabric pen or sharpie (In black or brown)

Let's Start Making!

Step One: The first thing you need to do is wash and dry your t-shirt so that it is super fresh ready for the dye.

Step Two: You need to make up your green dye according to the packets instructions, for Dylon you mix the powder with water and add salt but other brands differ.

Step Three: Wet the bottom 6 or 7 inches of your T-shirt but not the rest, this will give the dye a gradient effect rather than you getting a straight line. You can also tie an elastic band around the T-shirt just before where the water stops, this helps you to see where the waterline is along with adding to the gradient effect.

Step Four: Dip the bottom of your T-shirt into your prepared dye, you don't want to dip the entire wet portion into the dye however, aim for getting about 5 inches into it. You will see the dye spreading up the T-shirt where it is wet you want to aim for it to spread to where your elastic band is but without dunking it into the water up to there. 

Step Five: Leave your T-shirt in the dye for at least an hour but make sure to move it around every fifteen minutes so that it dyes evenly. After this time take it out of the dye and rinse the green part until the water runs clear (be really careful not to rinse the green into the white part of your T-shirt  though as this could dye it slightly)

Step Six: Once you're T-shirt is completely dry again you want to repeat steps two through to five but this time with your red dye. You will need to wet the rest of the T-shirt this time except the green part and leave a strip of dry white fabric just before you get to the green.

Step Seven: Your T-shirt should be looking much more like a watermelon now! So, once it's dry whip out your sharpie or fabric marker and start drawing on all of those cute little watermelon seeds. You can draw these however you want, you could do little triangles, ovals or anything at all it's completely up to you how you make your watermelon look.

Step Eight: Wear your new watermelon T-shirt with pride!

It's super simple and incredibly cute! I can't wait to wear my watermelon T-shirt when the sun is shining and I hope you have lots of fun in yours too.
Keep Adventuring,

Thanks for being a part of my blog Danny! You guys should all check out his amazing blog

12 colorful thought(s):

Mindi Wooley said...

What a SUPER cute idea! Thank you so much for this! I love watermelon too :)

Rachel Sullivan said...

Omg cool!


Becky said...

This is amazing! I love Danny's blog!


OrigamiGirl said...

That t-shirt is awesome! It looks genuinely refreshing. I have a little watermelon slice necklace I love to wear in the summer, and little watermelon pants...shh.

Helen said...

What a great idea! I love playing around with dye and this looks so good

Nerd Burger said...

Best idea ever. The shirt looks amazing, I have to give it a try.

AmyNicole said...

Cute! I need to make one! I love watermelon :)


Sarah Nunn said...

This is the best idea EVER I'm so impressed!


Dus of Cuddly Cacti said...

ooh I wouldn't have thought to wet the bottom for the gradient effect, awesome job!! I saw some shorts someone makes on Storenvy like this and really love your shirt like this too, such a cute idea and turned out perfectly!
Cuddly Cacti
Mitla Moda

hannah said...

This is wonderful! What a cute and easy DIY. Does the Sharpie pen wash ok on fabric? xx

Little Tree Vintage said...

this is cute!

Lindsey Louise Bales said...

this is so wonderful! i have seen many bloggers talk about how awesome this diy is. it's so cute, i want to make one and wear it on a picnic!

lindsey louise


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