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Color Dip Dye Tutorials and Ideas: Hair, Clothes, Home Décor, and More

Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.


There are so many ways that you can pick up the addictive concept of color dip dye. Most likely you have seen one or two concepts with it that peaked your interest. Now that you're here, you'll find more tutorials and ideas than you ever could have imagined. Have fun trying a wide variety of them or pick and choose a couple favorites. Happy creating!

I have divided the tutorials, ideas, and products here into the following categories:

  • Hair Dyeing, Fashion, and Accessories. Hair dyeing, clothing, jewelry, bags, and purses.
  • Kitchen. Silverware/utensils/chopsticks, tools, table setting elements (wine glasses, tablecloths, napkins, candles), food, Easter eggs.
  • Furniture and Home Décor. Furniture, mirrors, baskets, bowls, curtains, pillows, planters/pots.
  • Stationery and notebooks. Greeting cards, business cards, notebooks.

Hair Dyeing

Dip dyed hair is one of the most popular applications of this concept. If you have spent any time on Pinterest during the last couple months, you have most likely seen at least one or two examples of this. While most people choose to dip dye long hair, there are some great techniques for dyeing bangs and short hair. Have fun experimenting with different colors.

How To: Dip Dye/Ombre Hair Two Colors

Clothing and Shoes

Create one of a kind clothing and shoes by dip dyeing your own pieces. For additional fabric dyeing links, check out the resources section under Bags and Purses below.


There are a fun mix of very easy color dip jewelry tutorials and products. Once you get the hang of this concept, your mind will be off and running and you'll be dip dying all sorts of materials to make into jewelry.

Bags and Purses

I found more products than tutorials for this category. If you are interested in creating your own bags and purses and aren't sure what type of dye to use, consult the resources below or search for tutorials with similar materials (i.e. canvas).

Fabric Dyeing Resources


Silveware/Utensils/Chopsticks and Tools

Tools are not necessarily a kitchen tool, but the concept here is very similar to the silverware so I grouped these two item categories together. Give new life to an old set of silverware that you already have at home or to a newly acquired vintage set with a simple coat of paint.

I really love the concept of chop sticks with color tips. It applies the idea of colored fondue sticks and wine charms to a new medium.

Table Setting Components

There are a number of ways that you can incorporate color dip dye into your table setting components. I have found tutorials and examples for the following elements:

  • Wine glasses
  • Tablecloths
  • Napkins
  • Candles (search marthastewart.com)


There are lots of create ways that you can dip food with frostings, dressings, and more. I have included a cookie example here. There really is no limit to the types of foods that you can use.


Easter Eggs

I am blown away by all of the amazing, creative ideas out there for dyeing Easter eggs. This one is no exception, and it is so simple.



Furniture options include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Side tables
  • Large tables
  • Coffee tables
  • Chairs
  • Stools
  • Desks

Some people choose to dip the bottom of their furniture while other people choose to dip the top.

Do you enjoy refinishing old furniture?

Home Decor

Just a few possibilities for color dip home décor include:

  • Mirrors/picture frames
  • Vases/goblets
  • Decorative and/or functional baskets
  • Decorative bowls
  • Curtains
  • Pillows

Planters and Pots

Give plain planters and pots a colorful touch with one or two colorful stripes. You can pick up inexpensive planters at any hardware store and many big box stores throughout the spring and summer. Alternatively, look for planters at garage sales and thrift stores. A coat of paint can make a world of different for an older piece.

Most tutorials are for larger terracotta pots, but there is also a great tutorial out there for decorating baby food jars to use as tiny planters/table decoration. I shared this in another article, but I had to include it here, too.


This is a simple concept that you can apply to just about any type of stationery and notebooks, including greeting cards, postcards, gift tags, business cards, and much more. Keep your stationery basic with a simple dip dyed border or two or pair it with any type of embellishment such as text, buttons, stickers, etc.

More DIY resources from the author.

© 2012 Rose Clearfield


CakenGifts.in on May 12, 2017:

It is pleasure to read all your articles. Plz keep writing...

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 10, 2012:

That sounds like a neat product!

talfonso from Tampa Bay, FL on July 10, 2012:

Dip dye, eh? Reminds me of the many times I did that technique. I remembered an ad of a dip dye paint called "Magic Dip," in which you drop drops of paint onto water, then dip something in it. The paint sticks to it, creating a swirled effect.

I haven't had the "Magic Dip," but I did the same with Easter eggs and shirts in school and at home.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 03, 2012:

Thanks Ardie! That's a good question! The only redheads I've known in person who dyed their hair did go back. Do you know the actress Laura Prepon? She's a blonde now.

Sondra from Neverland on June 03, 2012:

Ooooh, I loved ALL the ideas here :) But I have to wonder...what color would a red head dip dye her hair? I mean other than black!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 03, 2012:

Thanks Kathy! You're right that the greeting card process does look like a lot of fun.

Kathy Roeth on June 02, 2012:

Wow! Lots of great creative ideas here! Love the greeting cards - looks like a fun process!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 02, 2012:

I agree! It's awesome to add that pop of color to something.

Haha, I know what you mean!

Edi on June 02, 2012:

This is such a fun trend! I love that you can add a pop of color to anything!

I love the pink hair, but I'm not sure I'm brave enough to try it :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 01, 2012:

Yes for sure! Thanks Terrye!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on June 01, 2012:

What a great way to personalize your homespace and express your personal style! Voting up and sharing! Love it!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 01, 2012:

Thanks RTalloni! It's always fun to see what people pick out as their favorites. I agree that I like the subtle hair more than the bold colors.

RTalloni on June 01, 2012:

Fun stuff! Favs for me would be the tablecloth and the flower pot--and maybe the subtle rainbow colored hair. :) Thanks for these neat ideas!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 01, 2012:

Kelley, thanks! Yes, your kids will love it! It's such a fun idea and so simple. Enjoy your project. :)

kelleyward on June 01, 2012:

You always come up with such great ideas! I love the silverware/utensils idea! My kids would have so much fun taking our old wooded spoons and dyeing them! I'll try this for a summer project at home! Thanks! Voted up and shared! Kelley

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 01, 2012:

Audrey, you should give it a try sometime!

Thanks Purple Perl!

Dianna, you are definitely right. A subtle dye job can go a long way.

Dianna Mendez on June 01, 2012:

I really like the idea of dyeing the material selections you posted: purse, dress, tablecloth. They are suttle but make a dramatic statement. Great post.

Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on June 01, 2012:

Such easy creative ideas! Enjoyable and fun too!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on June 01, 2012:

This is something I would love to do. Dip dyeing is an art I have had my eye on. So, I am glad to find your hub on it. Excellent photos. You make it look easy. Hope I can pull it off. Thanks and gave big votes!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 31, 2012:

Thanks so much! You're right that it's pretty hard to make too many mistakes with that project. :)

SantaCruz from Santa Cruz, CA on May 31, 2012:

What a clever theme! I like the painted wooden utensil handles. They're cheerful cuteness & you'd need to be a real goofball to mess that project up.

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