Stylish Spring Shoe DIY Roundup

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The weather is fine, the sun is out, and it’s so close to summer you can actually taste the sea salt in the air. If you haven’t already, now may be the best time to banish those tall boots! Don’t have enough shoe options for spring? Don’t worry! These DIY options are perfect solution to your footwear woes.

DIY Gladiator Sandals from A Pair and A Spare

These gladiator sandals are definitely for the bold and stylish. Imagine walking down the beach in these!

Blue Lace Flats DIYJazz up a plain pair of flats with some fun colored lace!

Patterned Flats from Amy New NostalgiaAll you need to embellish these cute flats is a pair of basic white shoes and a marker. Think of the possibilities!

Glitter Sneaker from Teen VogueThese glittered sneakers are just the thing to wear on a sunny day! Your feet will certainly be attention-grabbing!

Ombre Sneakers from M&J TrimmingWe’ve made quite a few warm-weather shoes ourselves, and these ombre flats are perfect for a stroll in Central Park!

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part Four: Ombre Frame

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We’re not hopping off the ombre train just yet! For our final 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor segment, we’re using Rit Dye to create a fun ombre wash on a simple frame. That’s right ladies and gents, Rit Dye isn’t JUST for creating cool tie-dye t-shirts. You can use it to dye buttons, wood, and much more! With this DIY you’ll learn how to use it as paint! The finished product makes a perfect housewarming gift.

Materials for Ombre Frame

What You’ll Need:
White wooden frame
Rit Dye
Sponge brush

DSC_01621. Lay your frame down and starting from the bottom, paint on the dye with a sponge brush. Stop when you’ve painted half of the frame, and let the dye dry.

DSC_01662. Add another coat of dye starting from the bottom, but only paint a quarter of the way up the frame this time. Let it dry.

DSC_0077Now you have the perfect pastel frame to highlight your spring adventures! Try this DIY on an unfinished wooden frame too to get a more natural look. To find other inspiring materials, visit our 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Decor shop!

Ombre Dip Dye for the Home

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Ombre dip dying has been trending in both the fashion and beauty industry for quite some time. The free spirited trend has suddenly made a comeback in the interior decor market. In the 60’s and 70’s dip dying had been a very popular technique.  The dip dying  technique adds color hues without compromising the natural beauty of many textiles. The process is fairly simple but not to be overlooked. Check out Michael Penney Style’s Dip Dye Tutorial, along with other inspirational images. Along with dyed ribbons we are proud to sell Rit-Dye both online and at our flagship store.

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This reminded us of our Top 5 Dip Dye post created in 2012. Clearly the trend is still going strong.

DIY Ombre Tights

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We have such a great selection of Rit dye in our store that we knew it was time we tried it out in a DIY. Of course we couldn’t resist trying out the ombre trend, so we created a pair of ombre tights to prepare for the chilly weather. We chose a light blue pair of tights, and dyed them with navy dye to create a lovely gradient effect. Check it out below!

1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need:

  • a bucket
  • gloves
  • tights in the color of your choice
  • Rit dye in a darker color
  • vinegar
  • hot water

2. Follow the instructions on your Rit dye package to prepare the dye. You’ll basically need to add about half a gallon of extremely hot water to a bucket, then add the dye and a cup of vinegar. Stir until the dye is dissolved.
3. Wet the tights in hot water , then lower them into the bucket. Make sure you only lower them halfway – you don’t want to dye the entire pair of tights! We chose to dye the top half of our tights, but you can dye the bottom if you prefer.
4. After a few minutes, pull an inch or two out of the dye to start creating the ombre. Pull out another inch or two after another minute. Keep doing this until about 1/4 of the tights are still soaking in the dye, then let it soak for 15 minutes.
5. Remove the tights from the bucket, making sure not to get any dye on the bottom part of the tights. Rinse the tights in cold water, then lay them flat to dry overnight.

Top 5 DIY Dip Dyes

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The ombre trend has been going strong for a while now, and we’ve been keeping an eye out for dip-dye tutorials that will help us get the perfect ombre. With everything from skirts to jackets, we’ve gathered up our favorite dip dye tutorials to share with you DIYers. Here’s our top 5! Which one do you want to make the most?

DIY Dip Dye Maxi Skirt by A Pair and a Spare

DIY Dip Dye Shirt by Refinery 29

DIY Ombre Denim Jacket by Syl and Sam

DIY Dip Dye T Shirt by Wit & Whistle

DIY Dip Dye Ombre Denim by Swell Mayde

Top 5 Shirt DIYs

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With their simple cuts, plain t-shirts leave an endless amount of opportunity for cool DIYs. You can embellish, dye, sew, and do plenty other things to spice up a classic shirt. We rounded up the top 5 shirt DIYs by our favorite bloggers so we can get inspired for our next project. Which one do you like the best?

1. DIY Ombre Tee by A Pair & A Spare

2. DIY Flower Top by A Matter Of Style

3. DIY Embellished Tee by I Spy DIY

4. DIY Peplum T-Shirt by …love Maegan

5. DIY Bow Blouse by Cheetah Is The New Black

DIY Ombre Wrap Bracelet

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This DIY combines two of our favorite things: ombre and bright summer colors. Just grab four similar-color threads and some cord, and apply a simple wrap technique to create the cool ombre look. See the instructions below.

Supplies:  scissors, 1 ft of cord, 1 yard each of 4 embroidery threads (make sure your colors create an ombre effect)

1. Put the cord and all of the threads together, and tie a knot near the top. Make sure you leave a few inches at the top.

2. Start wrapping your 1st color of thread around the cord, making sure that you aren’t leaving any spaces.

3. After you have done about an inch of the 1st color, switch to the next color. If you really want to make a great ombre effect, combine the 1st and 2nd colors and wrap them together for about half an inch, then fully switch over to the 2nd color. Continue with the rest of your colors.

4. We chose to a make symmetrical ombre effect on our bracelet, but you can also just go from your 1st color to your last color. Once you have reached the end, tie a few knots around the cord with your last color. Then tie a knot in the cord and cut off the excess thread. Cut off any extra cord, but make sure you leave a few inches. Tie it around your wrist and you’re all set!