How to Ice Dye

a lesser-known technique called ice-dye

The fashion trend dominating 2020? It’s has to be tie-dye, from sweaters to sweatpants, hats to socks and even face masks, it’s everywhere.

It’s been a firm favourite with instagram influencers and celebrities such as Hayley Bieber, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, Pink, Cardi B, Camila Cabello who have also been seen rocking the trend.

You may have even tried a bit of DIY tie-dye but have you tried the lesser-known technique called ice-dyeing? 

Give it a go with this simple step-by-step guide from DYLON Dyes to  transform your glum garments.


What you’ll need:
  • DYLON Hand Dyes – we recommend using more than one colour
  • A clean, white cotton or linen shirt  
  • Bag of ice cubes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Cooling rack
  • Large plastic tray

STEP ONE

Wet the clean shirt and squeeze out any excess water

STEP TWO

Leave damp and crumple shirt into a bundle

STEP THREE

Stack the cooling rack on top of a tray for ice to drip freely in puddle under shirt

STEP FOUR

Place the crumpled shirt on rack and cover with ice cubes

STEP FIVE

Sprinkle dye powder at random over the ice

STEP SIX

Repeat if you’re adding additional colours. We recommend that you pick shades of fabric dye that go well together, e.g. shades within the same colour family – like Vintage Blue and Navy Blue – or different colours that complement each other – like Intense Violet and Passion Pink

STEP SEVEN

Leave shirt to sit for a minimum of one hour or until the ice melts to allow the dye to seep into fabric

STEP EIGHT

Once dye has set, rinse out excess dye until water runs clear and leave to dry away from direct sunlight

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