Editor’s Note: Erica of FashionLushxx is back with a super sweet summer DIY to try! Find the full how-to at the bottom of this post and let us know how you’ll try this trend!
Supplies: A cute pair of shorts, bleach, coral RIT dye (red and orange mixed together works well), green dye (for those whose shorts aren’t already green), and a black fabric pen.
1. First you want to wash your shorts and not dry them.
2. Next, dip your shorts about half way (or however high you want your “watermelon” to be in relation to your “rind”) in a bucket of bleach. Plug your nose and do this outside. It’s stinky.
3. Let your pants sit in the bleach for about 30 minutes, but be sure to check the bleach isn’t degrading the fabric.
4. Wash out the bleach thoroughly with hot water in the sink and then wash them in the washing machine. The pants will really turn white after you wash them.
5. Once they are washed and still wet, you are going to want to start with your coral dye. Prepare your mixture just as the box says and pour it into a large bucket.
6. Dip your shorts to an inch below where the bleach ends and let site for 15-30 minutes, depending on how dark you want your color.
7. Rinse out the coral dye thoroughly.
8. Now for the green (again, if your shorts weren’t already green like mine). Follow the same process as we did with the coral, but flip your pants upside down and dip them in the dye. Don’t go to far down, leave a small bit of bleach between the two colors just to make it look more realistic.
9. Rinse out the green dye with hot water upside down, so the color doesn’t run into your coral part.
10. Now, throw those bad boys in the washer and dryer.
11. Once dry, all you need to do is grab your fabric pen and draw some black seeds on the coral part. Don’t make them perfect- because watermelon seeds are kind of scattered. Make sure the shorts are completely dry or the pen will run!!
xoxo, Erica @ FashionLushxx