It’s getting colder in Scotland, and the change in the weather is getting me down. Not that I don’t love Autumn, but I’ve been stuck inside working all summer and would have appreciated enjoying some of the lovely sunshine. To cheer myself up, I decided to spend a morning dip-dying a pair of shoes, so even if it’s dull outside my feet can look bright and happy.
What you need:
- A pair of plain canvas shoes (Primark sells them for only £3!)
- A packet of dye
- Salt and warm water to make the dye mix
- A cloth
- A paintbrush
1. Prep the shoes: Remove the laces and set aside (if you have removable inserts take them out as well, my cheapo pair didn’t, so I’ll just have to live with the insides being pink as well). Cover the soles and rubber bits with a tin layer of Vaseline to protect them from the dye. Then throughly wet the shoes to help the dye spread.
2. Mix the dye: Mix the dye according to the instructions on the packet (dissolve in warm water and add salt), be sure to do this in as deep of a container as possible for dunking the shoes.
3. Dip the shoes: Dip the tips of the shoes into the dye and hold them in for a while depending on how dark you want the colour to be. Take out of the dye and dip again, this time letting to dye spread further up the shoes. Repeat as many times as you like until you’ve got as much colour as you want on the shoes. I also dipped the heel into the dye to make it darker as well, leaving the shoes lighter in the middle.
4. Add more colour: To get a really bright colour on the darker areas, use a paint brush to add some more dye to the shoes.
5. Blend the colour: Using a damp cloth, gently pat the dye to blend the colour more evenly. You can even dip the cloth into the dye to add more colour or spread the dye to areas the dipping missed.
6. Allow to dry: Once you’ve achieve the colour you want, leave the shoes to dry for 5-10 minutes.
7. Rinse: Rinse the shoes under running water until the water coming off the shoes is clear (hopefully this means that they won’t turn my feet pink).
8. Leave to dry: Remove the shoes from the water and leave to dry overnight and rub off the Vaseline.
These are bright and cheery, just what I need to lift my mood when the weather gets cold. I forgot how fun using dye is. Keep a look out for some more tie-dye projects as I can’t get enough of it!