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diy wax resist dip dyed onesies

September 23, 2013

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in addition to the dip dyed wall hangings i did a while back, i also dip dyed several onesies using the same wax resist technique! rather than spending loads of money on cute little outfits for bear, i decided to just grab a few plain white organic cotton onesies and decorate them myself (like i did with these stenciled onesies). i love how they turned out!

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diy wax resist dip dyed onesies

supplies:

- plain white onesies (i used gerber’s organics)
- soy wax (or beeswax)
- a paintbrush
- printed templates (download here)
- a hot plate (or way to heat the wax and keep it hot)
- dye (i used cushing’s perfect dyes, but you could use any type, like rit)
- salt
- paper towels
- iron

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step 1: melt your wax. i used soy wax (it’s eco friendly and super easy to clean up after!). i also used a tin container and hot plate, however feel free to get creative. keep it on the stove, or even possibly dip right out of a burning candle (?). just be careful not to burn yourself! the most important thing is to make sure the wax stays hot enough (but below it’s flash point) to soak into the fabric itself. it won’t work if it just lays on top of the fabric (you’ll be able to tell the difference).

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step 2: insert the printed template of choice inside the onesie (behind the first layer of fabric).

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step 3: beging ‘painting’ on your design using the wax and paint brush, tracing over the design. this is the fun part!

step 4: once the wax is dry to the touch, submerge your fabric into cool water to soak it (will make the dye more even). then, dye your fabric according according to package instructions (this probably calls for adding salt to the water). here’s where you can get creative! dip dye, totally submerge, or leave parts in longer than other areas to give it more of an ombre look. important: the most important thing i learned is that you need to dye your fabric in cool-warm water. if the water is too hot, it’ll melt the wax and ruin all your hard work!

step 5: let your hanging completely air dry.

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step 6: to remove the wax: place a paper towel on both the top and bottom of your fabric where the wax is. iron on top of the paper towels until all the wax has heated and lifted from the fabric (the paper towels will absorb it).

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be careful, this can be addicting! and of course, it’s not limited to just onesies. think pillows, tea towels, t-shirts and more!

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diy wax resist dip dyed wall hangings (8)

after falling in love with this batik dye wall hanging, i decided to try my own hand at a little wax resist dip-dyeing. so far, i’ve made two wall hangings and several onesies (more on those coming soon!), and i absolutely love how they’ve turned out.

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i first wanted to make a little hanging for bear’s nursery door. it was just so bland and white before, and i wanted everyone to know they were about to enter a very special place. :)

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i then decided that the wall behind his crib needed a little somethin’ somethin’. so, i made this giant antler hanging! (i also made his tassel mobile, another diy coming soon!) here’s the how to:

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supplies:

- plain piece of linen or cotton fabric, cut to desired size
- soy wax (or beeswax)
- an old paintbrush
- pencil for marking
- a hot plate (or way to heat the wax and keep it hot)
- dye (i used cushing’s perfect dyes, but you could use any type, like rit)
- salt
- paper towels
- iron

step 1: melt your wax. i used soy wax (it’s eco friendly and super easy to clean up after!). i also used a tin container and hot plate, however feel free to get creative. keep it on the stove, or even possibly dip right out of a burning candle (?). just be careful not to burn yourself! the most important thing is to make sure the wax stays hot enough (but below it’s flash point) to soak into the fabric itself. it won’t work if it just lays on top of the fabric (you’ll be able to tell the difference).

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step 2: next, sketch your design onto the fabric using a pencil.

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step 3: beging ‘painting’ on your design using the wax and paint brush. this is the fun part!

step 4: once the wax is dry to the touch, submerge your fabric into cool water to soak it (will make the dye more even). then, dye your fabric according according to package instructions (this probably calls for adding salt to the water). here’s where you can get creative! dip dye, totally submerge, or leave parts in longer than other areas to give it more of an ombre look. important: the most important thing i learned is that you need to dye your fabric in cool-warm water. if the water is too hot, it’ll melt the wax and ruin all your hard work!

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step 5: let your hanging completely air dry.

step 6: to remove the wax: place a paper towel on both the top and bottom of your fabric where the wax is. iron on top of the paper towels until all the wax has heated and lifted from the fabric (the paper towels will absorb it).

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you can then wash and dry your hanging as usual. i’ve left the edges of mine raw on purpose, but the possibilities are endless. make pillows, tea towels, t-shirts and more!

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diy batik wall hanging

oh my goodness, i cannot wait to try this diy batik dye wall hanging from kelli murray’s blog! the tutorial is beautifully done and the technique is really simple. i’ve been trying to figure out just what i’m going to do for an empty spot in baby roost’s nursery, and this is the perfect solution. i’ll be sure to share with you my finished project, but for now head on over to kelli’s blog to see more beautiful pics and grab the full tutorial!

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i first got inspired to order some miniature bottle brush trees after seeing this pretty project from jeni baker over at in color order. with full intentions of bleaching them, then dying them pink and green. however, i had to stop half way through the process!

you see, my theme for christmas this year is white, white, white. actually, it’s the theme for the whole house! i love how sweet, simple and clean it looks. after i finished bleaching these little trees white, i fell in love with them and the winter wonderland they created. just look:

DIY white christmas trees

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i think they’re so pretty and just darling as a center piece. here’s how i did it:

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first, you’ll have to get your hands on some mini bottle brush trees. your local craft store should carry them but if not, you can find them here or here.

diy bottle brush trees

second, all you have to do is let them soak in a bath of warm water and a little bleach (i used 3 capfulls in my sink). the color begins to fade almost instantly. i let mine soak for a few hours until they were completely white, then i simply rinsed them and set them upright on a paper towel to dry overnight.

if you’re only making white trees, then you’re done!

diy dyed bottle brush trees

HOWEVER, if you’d like to dye your trees into a dreamy color combo like these beauties from jeni baker, then you’re half way there! my mom ended up making some pink ones of her own, and the process is really simple. all you need is some rit dye! here’s the how to:

to dye your bottle brush trees:

step one: bleach your trees, following the instructions above.

step two: combine your desired amount of rit dye and warm water in a glass bowl (follow package instructions), and let your tree soak. just keep an eye on the color and remove the tree when you’re happy with it. leaving it in longer will make the color darker or richer.

step three: remove the tree from the dye and rinse with cold water. set on a paper towel to dry.

step four: if you want to add a little bit of extra sparkle (like jeni did), add some glitter using a glitter pen, or glue and loose glitter.

have fun!

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