Ombre, Ombre, Ombre. It’s all over the place, from hair to clothes and it’s even moving into the living room with home decor items. My Front Porch needed a little splash of color, so I thought I’d try my hand at a DIY: Easy Brush Dyed Pillow.
I started out this project with little practical knowledge when it comes to working with dye. I’ve done a few t-shirts for the boys when they we’re in grade school. So I was very grateful that there were some instructional videos available to view that helped along the way.
Rit Dye has a product that has been typically available online but is now sold exclusively in store at Walmart for $2.87 per bottle.
Let’s get started…
Easy Brush Dyed Pillow Supplies
- Rit Liquid Dye (any color you like)
- Pillow cover – we found this one at Walmart, it came stuffed, so I just opened the seam with small scissors, removed the stuffing, then replaced it after the pillow cover was dry
- Hot Water (1 cup)
- Plastic drop cloth
- Paint brushes (foam or bristle)
- Protective vinyl gloves
- Plastic Wrap
Measure out the amount of dye needed. I started with 1 tablespoon per cup of hot water for the lightest shade. Then added 4 tablespoons more for the medium shade and added an additional 4 tablespoons for the darkest shade.
Make sure the water is hot. The hotter the better, if you can I would recommend you use boiling water.
Brush on the different shades in whatever pattern you like.
I tried to do mine in wide stripes darker to lighter.
Once you have painted on the Rit Dye to the pillow cover fold it together in a size that will fit into your microwave and wrap it in plastic wrap. Place into your microwave and heat on high for 2 minutes. This helps to set the dye into the cloth. Let it set for a few minutes until it has cooled to the touch.
Rinse out under cold water in your sink until the water runs clear. Wring it out and throw it in a dryer on low heat to dry.
I’ll admit, I had my concerns with how this was going to turn out before I placed it in the dryer. And no it didn’t turn out in a true Ombre fashion that I was going for but I really like how it ended up. I added a few silk flowers to add a little more punch and now I’m looking for my next project.