Wednesday, April 10, 2013

D.I.Y. mint jeans


So, last Friday I shared with you that I was going to try out this tutorial I found on Pinterest (psst find me here)

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I had a pair of stained white jeans in my closet, and they were the perfect victims for my experiment.

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Like the the tutorial advised I bought two packets of dye (in the tutorial it says to use liquid dye, but here in Holland I could only find the dry powder),  green and blue. 
I was hoping to find an Apple Green, but the only color I could find was Olive. The blue was Royal Blue.

To get a nice minty color I mixed the two dyes together and used a scrap piece of white fabric to test the color. I only used half of each packet. I was worried that the olive color would give strange results but it didn't give any problems whatsoever.

When I was satisfied with the color I dunked my still wet from the washer jeans in the bucket of dye and swished them around until they we're the perfect color, and evenly dyed. (no tie dye effects for me!)




> a tip from me to you: when the instructions on the packet of dye say to use rubber gloves, use rubber gloves, unless you want nice blueish hands for the next couple of days, like yours truly... <

After I dyed the jeans I rinsed them in the washing machine for a few cycles, and them I washed them with detergent and half a cup of vinegar to make sure the color wouldn't fade to much. Then I let them hang to dry. 

Once they were dry they had become a perfect shade of light mint. 
They were a bit darker before the rinsing and washing steps, but this color is perfect for spring and summer.
At H&M they're selling white jeggings for 10 euros, so I might grab a pair and dye those a darker mint. 
(I still have some dye left and I'll just add a bit more blue to the mix.)


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All in all, it was really easy to do and now I have a pair of super trendy mint jeans too!


note: they look a bit more blue on the photo's than they are in real life


 I kind of love them, especially paired with this light pink/peach top and my new favorite necklace with my baby boys initial on it.







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Have you tried any good Pinterest tutorials lately?



Love, Maria



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16 comments:

  1. These came out awesome! I love mint jeans but I haven't been able to find a good pair that I really like... unfortunately I haven't found a white pair yet either so this tutorial will have to wait for a bit.Visiting from the link up!
    Jenn
    With Luck Blog

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    1. At H&M they have cheap ones now!
      Thanks for stopping by my blog!
      xo

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  2. These turned out so nicely! I would definitely give this a shot if I could find a decent pair of white jeans to begin with. I've been trying to find a great (affordable) pair for so long now!

    Kate @ A Journey in Style

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    1. Thnaks Kate! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  3. Oh my, this is a fantastic idea! Yours turned out great! Love the outfits you made with them too. I'm a little bit in love with those floral sneakers :)

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  4. Cute! You take after mama :-). I'd be trying pinterest tutorials, but this is the wrong time in my life for that.
    Love you!

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    1. Hmm.. but this one is pretty fun and easy ánd economical!
      love you!

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  6. Yes, I used to dye clothes alot, but that's a long time ago. I should try to do it again soon. Soon I can hug the little boy with the 'M' initial again as well, and I can't wait! Love you guys alot, MamaMarijke

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  7. so impressed! i love this idea! thanks for linking up with dress for the day - i love that you made your clothes fit with the day you want :)

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    1. It's really fun to do!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Great DIY! I'll have to remember this!
    New follower!

    xo
    Caroline

    lovecarolineblog.blogstpot.com

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    1. Welcome Caroline! Thanks for the sweet comment!
      xo

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