Curtain Call

Articles // Carly Hebert // 01/30/14
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Waste not, want not” is a motto we’ve all heard before. That spirit, plus a need for a new shower curtain, ignited a spark of creativity in Element marketing manager Alexandra Swanson. “This DIY comes down to me hating to waste and loving to save a few bucks,” she says. “While I was unpacking after moving into a new apartment-which can really break the bank-I found a vintage white shower curtain and a tie-dye kit from a past Element event.” Couple that with the fact Swanson is, in her words, “foaming at the mouth for all the colorful ombré home goods on the market,” and you have the perfect recipe for a cool new bathroom accessory your friends will dye, er, die for.

Materials

16 OZ. SINGLE-COLOR TIE-DYE KIT, WHITE 100% COTTON CURTAIN, RUBBER GLOVES, 8 CUPS OF WATER, SHEET OF PLASTIC (FROM THE PAINT SECTION OF ANY HARDWARE STORE), KITCHEN SINK

Step 1
Plug the sink so the dye doesn’t go down the drain.

 

Step 2
Place the bottom 6 to 8 inches of the curtain in the sink. Wearing gloves, prepare dye according to the directions, covering the entire bottom portion of the fabric in the sink with the dye, ensuring all the white is covered.

Step 3
Lift the bottom of the curtain out of the dye and pour 4 cups of water into the sink. With the bottom portion still out, dye the next 4 inches of fabric in the diluted dye without leaving any white space between the sections. Again, make sure to cover all of the white in the new section.

Step 4
Holding the entire dyed portion out of the sink, add another 4 cups of water and dip the next 4 inches of fabric in the twice-diluted dye.

Step 5
Rinse the last portion of fabric you just finished to help blend the dye, creating more of an ombré look. (Don’t worry, it won’t wash out.)

 

Step 6
Lay the plastic down and roll up the curtain inside it, keeping the fabric straight so the dyed portions don’t touch each other. Let the curtain sit for 24 hours, then rinse thoroughly with water and let fully dry.

The Result
Hang in the shower. (Make sure to also hang a basic plastic curtain on the inside—this beauty isn’t waterproof!)



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