Thursday, March 29, 2012

Do it yourself [#1]: Dip dye denim shorts

Good Morning!  
As I mentioned, in this post, I am currently obsessed with "do it yourself" projects! It is something that I have been doing almost daily, and enjoy it so much, as it is another great way to express myself creatively. I've decided to start doing "d.i.y" tutorials here on Nina on the Moon, with hopes that you too will be inspired to up-cycle your closet!

As you can see, the first do it yourself project, is the dip dye denim shorts. The materials you will need are
  • Jeans (or shorts)
  • Scissors
  • Bleach
  • Bucket
  • Gloves 
  • Clothes pins (or hanger) for drying
  • Tongs
First, I took an old pair of jeans, estimated how short I wanted them, and drew a line where I wanted to make the cut.
Second, I cut about one inch below the marked spot because I like folding my shorts up, giving them a little trim.
Third, I put gloves (safety, first!) on and freely poured bleach into a bucket. How much bleach you need, depends on how large/heavy your item is. Since I was going to dip dye, I poured just enough  bleach to cover the desired denim.
Fourth, I grabbed the shorts and dipped them into the bleach. You can dip the top, to bleach it and have denim at the bottom, or dip bottom, and have denim at the top! Totally depends on you! I dipped the top of mine :)
Fifth, you can grab your tongs, and push denim down to bleach more area, if desired.
Sixth, leave denim in bleach for about 45 minutes. Check on it half way thru, time for bleaching can vary, depending on how dark and thick your denim is.
Seventh, rinse shorts and hang to dry.

I usually throw recently bleached garments into a bucket of water with nice smelling detergent to get rid of the smell of bleach! Hope this was an easy d.i.y. tutorial to understand! :) Happy dip dying, and please let me know if you try it out!!! 
                                                      besos, bendiciones y buenas vibras. 


  1. I love your DIY proyects. I'm to lazy for that, maybe if I would have a little bit more time

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  2. I love how creative you are!!! :D

  3. Me diste una gran idea con unos jeans que iba a tirar, al menos puedo experimentar algo nuevo con ellos, lol.

  4. Awesome shorts! I love your style!

  5. Firstly, I love love the quirkiness of your customized header!

    Secondly, I appreciate this DIY project. This is such a useful tip for people like me that makes use of old materials and upcycle them for fashion.

  6. Awesome!
    Can't wait to try it on mine :)

  7. What a great DIY project, they look great!

  8. !Quiero intentarlo! D: Se ve cool!!!! Debo de tener unos pantalones por ahí :B

  9. Definitely going to have to try this, Nina! Super creative and the perfect rainy day activity :)

  10. i adore diy projects
    i done this when i was in high school and use it still :)
    i recently tried to paint shoes with nails polish and it went great hahahha

  11. this is amazing thank you! I love diys and I'm looking into yours <3
    I will be trying this soon xo

  12. Love this DIY! And I definitely wanna try it! And also, hello now on instagram =D.

    <3Jo of


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