DIY Ombré Denim

Dip dyed ombré denim has been popping up here and there and not only do we love the look, it’s super easy to do yourself!  We’ve combined Tory Burch‘s dip dyed jeans and Miss Unkon‘s ombré 501s as inspiration for a pink infused DIY that could be done in a jiffy.

You’ll need:
– a pair of denim shorts
– a measuring cup
– a bucket (or a sink)
– a bottle of RIT Fushia or Violet liquid dye

Start by rinsing your shorts with water.  A bottle of RIT liquid dye amounts to 1 cup; you’ll dye your shorts with the lightest shade first and darkest shade last.  Pour 1/3 of the cup of dye into 2 gallons of hot water and mix.  When dyeing dark denim, you will want to use less water for a darker dye.  Dip your wet shorts about halfway into the dye and let sit for approximately 10 minutes. (Click images to enlarge)

Ring out the excess dye and add another 1/3 cup of dye to your bucket.  Dip your shorts about 1/3 of the way down and hold for 5 minutes, creating your 2nd tier of darker pink.  Repeat the step one more time by adding the final 1/3 cup of dye to your batch and only dipping the tip of your shorts in the darkest shade of pink dye for another 5 minutes.  Rinse until the water runs clear.

It’s that easy: ombré dip dyed denim shorts!

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  1. edie wrote:

    Oh, your ombré came out lovely! ♡ the whole dipped denim look. Are you gonna go all out and do the flower embroidery like Miss Unkon’s too? That would be over-the-top cool.
    And thanks for doing a great, easy to follow tutorial.

    8.10.10
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  2. That came out great! You’ll have to post up what you wore them with!
    http://www.theblondesalad.com/2010/08/hey-soul-sister.html

    8.10.10
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  3. Robyn wrote:

    This looks amazing! Thanks for the tutorial, I’m totally going to give this a try.

    8.15.10
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  4. RIT sucks! Don’t waste your time. Try the procion dyes from Dharma Trading instead. I did a DIY ombre caftan on my blog a while ago w/ photos, directions, & links for the materials. Check it out! http://blog.nickienoel.com/?p=612

    8.15.10
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  5. eliana Horeczko wrote:

    This is great. Seriously Erica, I want you to be my stylist.

    8.15.10
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  6. Nikko wrote:

    I don’t understand how RIT sucks, since the shorts came out awesome!! I’m definitely trying this DIY project =D

    5.18.11
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  7. mandy wrote:

    just tried it with white jeans! looks AWESOME!

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    5.25.11
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  8. Felicia wrote:

    That looks so cool! Do you know how it would turn out with scarlet or royal blue dye?

    idreaminsequins.blogspot.com♥

    7.12.11
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  9. Nina wrote:

    I’m so excited to try this out! Quick question though: would it be sensible to dip-dye the shorts with maybe a t-shirt at the same time? I’d like to try and make the most out of the whole bottle of dye.

    7.13.11
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  10. Nicola Robertson wrote:

    I’m really excited to try this myself. You shown a beautiful idea to color jeans and its truly fashionable. I love to wear something has exceptional look and you helped me doing that. Thanks a lot.

    10.20.11
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  11. Anna wrote:

    The jeans ombre photo looks really good. I think that’s what needs to be done to colored pants.

    11.30.11
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  12. I’m definitely going to give this one a try today and post it onto my blog. thanks for the great tutorial!
    http://www.thebeardedladyvintage.blogspot.com

    12.13.11
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  13. Erin wrote:

    I just tried this tutorial and it worked out fantastically. If you want to check out how mine turned out please visit my blog here:

    http://thebeardedladyvintage.blogspot.com/2011/12/diy-ombre-denim.html

    12.18.11
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  14. Lucia wrote:

    Hi, I was just wondering how the measurements work out if I’m using RIT dye powder?

    1.26.12
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  15. This is awesome! Thanks 🙂

    http://www.sweetindigoroad.blogspot.com/

    1.27.12
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  16. s wrote:

    http://jwoww.com/blog/post/try-this-ombre-daisy-dukes

    LULZ JWOWW FROM JERSEY SHORE STOLE THIS AND PUT IT UP ON HER BLOG AS HER OWN IDEA

    2.26.12
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  17. Megan wrote:

    I LOVE this diy, I did it myself >> http://theblondesideoflife.blogspot.com/2012/02/ive-been-drooling-over-honestlywtfs-diy.html
    and linked to your blog of course!

    2.29.12
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  18. Jessica wrote:

    I dip dyed a pair of white pants i cut into shorts last summer, I put rubber bands as high as i could on each leg then dipped them into purple for a bit , the rubber bands made the tops not so blunt and it faded nice after i washed them. just an idea for someone looking for a less severe line between the dye and the jean.

    5.1.12
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  19. Corina wrote:

    I am so in love with the ombre look, I’m totally gonna do this, perhaps with my white denim shorts.

    5.2.12
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  20. Janine wrote:

    “Wring” not “ring”?

    Fucking awesome though, yayyyyyyyy.

    5.6.12
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    5.9.12
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  22. Megan wrote:

    that looks fantastic! just wish id have seen a picture of you wearing them. x

    5.22.12
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  23. Jane wrote:

    loving the period blood look!

    7.15.12
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  24. Hi there!

    I LOVE this tutorial! Ombre is one of my favorite looks for summer. I wanted to let you know that I featured your project in FaveCraftsBlog’s Link Love post on Thursday. You can find the post here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/link-love-diy-ombre-crafts/

    Have a happy day! 🙂

    Jess Farris

    7.16.12
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  25. kimberly wrote:

    It came out great! but you could have tried it with white shorts maybe? so the color really pops out 🙂 great tutorial btw <3

    8.21.12
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  26. Lovely_Lips wrote:

    you should try bleaching the bottom of them first, then dying the entire shorts. It comes out a lot better that way.

    8.27.12
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  27. I LOVE this diy.

    9.29.12
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  28. diygermz wrote:

    i totally agree and until now, it’s still popping here and there. i am actually making money out from those

    11.8.12
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  29. nisita wrote:

    looks very easy 😀

    11.17.12
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  30. Riley wrote:

    I have t make some of those because there so awesome.

    7.8.13
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    12.18.16
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