Monday, 12 August 2013

DIY Festival Bracelets

   Festival clothing is all about showing off your uniqueness with bright colours, loud prints and embellishment. Creating your own accessories is a fun and inexpensive way of displaying your individuality and helping you get festival-ready.

   One way of putting your own spin on your clothing is to tie-dye it. For this post, I'm going to show you a way to create your own festival bracelet using Dylon fabric dye.

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   The dye I'm using is Dylon's Burlesque Red which I bagged from The Vintage Set Festival in late July. I had a few pieces of spare plain white fabric from a previous customisation project which I simply crunched into balls and tied in random places with hair ties (though I would recommend using rubber bands if you inted to create a bolder look). This should create a marbled effect on the fabric rather than the usual circle pattern.

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   To prepare the dye, I poured a quarter of the powder in the packet, one tablespoon of salt and around 200ml of warm water into a bucket. I then soaked the tied up fabric in water before placing it into the dye. As instructed, I stirred the fabric in the dye continuously for 15 minutes, then at regular intervals for 45 minutes after that.

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   After pouring out the dye, I rinsed the fabric until the water ran clear, removed the ties and left it to dry on an airer.

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   After it had dried, I cut the fabric into strips to create my bracelets. With the first bracelet (above, left), I simply wrapped a strip of fabric around my wrist and tied it. However with the second bracelet, I used three strips to create a plait.

   I accessorised it with a vintage silver horseshoe brooch that I bought earlier this year. 

   If you want to try this but you're unsure of how to use Dylon dyes, take a little look at the video below!

   Have you ever tie-dyed before? Tell me what you think in the comments below! 

1 comment

  1. The plait is so cute, I love it! I am definitely going to make these. :) x


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