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DIY Watermelon Shorts

Posted by Natalie Tsoh Oxfam Fashion blogger

14th Jun 2013

Just like the peek-a-boo shorts, these watermelon shorts have been created to avoid parting with large amounts of money if buying them new. 


Prepare your pink dye; follow instructions exactly as they are outlined on the back of your specific dye. The salt added helps the dye adhere to the material.


Ensure waistband is in line and level in order to create an even line of dye. Keeping hold of the waistband, making sure there are no splash-backs, slowly lower your shorts into the dye, leaving a designated amount around the top free of dye. Use one hand to hold the clean section and the other to submerge the pink section; never switch hands. Splash-backs onto the clean section will be camoflaged by the green dye, but will still be visible (I plan on re-dying the green section a deeper green to hide my mistakes!)

Repeat with green dye.

Rinse both colours until the water runs clear, but do this so the water runs off the shorts so the colours don't mix (so rinse the pink section the right way up and the green section upside-down).

Squeeze out the water from the shorts and hang up to dry. Alternatively, suspend the shorts on a trouser hanger in a bucket to dry. Although most of the excess dye has been rinsed out, leaving the shorts over a bathtub or radiator may still cause staining.

Once dry, use a thin paintbrush and black acrylic paint to paint the watermelon seeds. It is best to do this roughly, then use a toothpick to paint thinner and cleaner lines. Do this on the front and back.

Leave to dry and you're done!

The shorts need to be of a denim material if you want the frayed hem effect. I would suggest a white pair as it is a lot more straight forward to dye. Any other colour and you would have to add in a bleaching process. Check out the Oxfam online shop for a selection of denim shorts.

I hope you have enjoyed this DIY and if you have any DIY suggestions, just leave them below!

Blog post written by Natalie Tsoh

Oxfam Fashion blogger

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