5.07.2012

DIY: perfect mint color jeans

DIY mint jeans


I think I am quoting many girls when I say, "I've been looking for mint jeans for spring!"  I am very specific and picky about the color of mint I want, not too blue, not too green, not too dark, or not too light, more blue with a tint of green. I finally thought I found the color I was looking for(within my price range) and ordered two pairs of mint pants just to make sure I got the right color, but unfortunately one was a tad darker than I wanted(and too big), and the other one was too green for me.  I've learned that in the pictures(in stores and in other blogs), the color always shows up more blue than it actually is.

So I've been on the hunt for mint jeans ever since and thought about dyeing my white jeans mint, but I've never dyed anything before so I was hesitant to try.  Then I came across this, this, and this tutorial on dyeing your own mint jeans and after seeing others do it, I had the courage to try it.  I decided to follow along the second tutorial since I liked the color her jeans turned out, but from the comments from the post, many people said they tried it and it turned out lime green(hers turned out super cute though:).  So I decided to mix two colors together, green vert and aqua, 1/2 package each.  And it was a FAIL.  It turned out dark green, even though I soaked it for about 2 minutes.  I was so disappointed!  But I was determined to make the perfect mint color jeans, so I took the pants out, ran it in hot water, then soaked it in bleached water, then soaked it in straight up bleach, and the dark green came off and I was left with this light lime green color.


Then I ran a cycle in the washer with hot water + bleach and it got a little lighter.


The color wasn't bad, but I already own yellow/lime green pants, so I made the dye again but this time using the rest of the package of aqua and about 1/2 tsp. of green vert.


I soaked the lime green pants in it along with a white top I had.  After seeing the color of the white top, I was satisfied with the color so after I took out the lime green pants and the white top, I put in a pair of white jeans.  It looked too blue so I added 1/2 tsp. more of green vert and I ended up with a perfect mint color jeans the second time around!  Not too blue, not too green, not too light, not too dark. 


The jeans on the left is the one I dyed the first try(the lime green ones), and the right one is the one I dyed the second try.  I wish I had gotten it right the first time, now I need to go shopping for some white jeans! 


Mint jeans are so versatile, here are some outfits I put together.

(enter code: sarah20 for a 20% off from sheinside)

I also like these styles I found online,

1, 2, 3


What you'll need:

-a pair of white jeans/pants
-1 pkg. of aqua dye and 1 pkg. of green vert dye
-a clean bucket
-1/4 c. salt
-1 gallon of steamy hot water

Directions:

1. Pour 1 gallon of steamy hot water into the bucket.  Pour 1/4 c. salt, 1/2 pkg. of aqua dye, 1/2-1 tsp. green vert dye.  
2. Put the white jeans into the bucket.  Make sure the jeans submerges into the dye water completely.  Mix continuously while checking the color.  Pour more aqua dye or the green vert dye to make it the color you'd like(make sure the dye powder doesn't touch the clothes directly).  If it's too dark, then add more water.  
3. Leave it for approximately 45 minutes.  (little or more depending on the color you want)
4. Put the clothes into the washer and run a cycle in cold water.  
5. Let it air dry.

Estimated time: 2 hours
Budget: Low (mine was only $5 since I already had white jeans)
Skill level: Beginner


p.s.  my next dye project? a mint jacket!  I tried to dye it with the dye water that was left overnight from the mint jeans but it only turned it to a very light blue(go figure, it wasn't hot and the dye probably absorbed into the mint jeans already?)  so I'll be dyeing it again to make it into a perfect mint jacket. ;)

68 comments:

  1. brilliant idea ;) greetings from Poland ;)

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    1. Wow, thank you for reading all the way from beautiful Poland! :)

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  2. Super cute! Love that color for spring!

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  3. soooo cool! Love them ♥

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  4. THANK YOU for this tutorial I have been looking for a tutorial on how to do this exact same thing and have had no luck and no luck finding any in the store. I can not wait to try this. I have also been looking for the perfect pair of yellow jeans but have had no luck at all finding the perfect pair. Hope mine turn out as cute as yours!

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    1. You are so welcome, thank you for your comment! And it was my first time dyeing but I think I'll be doing it a ton now, I love it! And you should dye yellow jeans too! Good luck!

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  5. I was going to do this but then I ordered a pair the other day - if they come and they're weird, I'll go back to this option - - great post!

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  6. Sarah, they are SOOOO cute! I love them!

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  7. Love the color!! Very cute, that's amazing!

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  8. The result is perfect.
    xoxo

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  9. Perfect Mint indeed! Great job! Must try. Thanks for sharing at Cabin Fevered Gem's Make it Great Monday. Cheers,

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  10. Those jeans are perfection. I recently became obsessed with find the perfect pair of mint jeans. I am going to the thrift store to look for some white jeans and then I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  11. I forgot to add to my previous comment. I have an extra pair of white pants that I may turn into skinnies. I will try this on them first. If it works, do you think I can expect the same color on the white jeans? Thanks.

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    1. I believe so. I put my blazer and a sweater in the same dye and it dyed it into a same exact color, so it should be the same. Good luck!

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  12. GREAT new colour for those jeans - and some fabulous outfits you've put together!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  13. I have never tried dying clothes before, but you give me inspiration to do it. Now to find something to dye... Love the outfits you put together, especially the pink and mint.

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  14. What a nice colour, it does go with lots of things! Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize~

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  15. So cute! I dyed some pants a reddish pink and my sister just dyed some shoes! Both were really fun to try. Now I'm a big fan of dyeing stuff!

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    1. Wow, shoes? That sounds so difficult! Thanks for your comment!

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  16. I sooo love it!! Great diy:) xxx

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  17. These are so pretty!! Great job and thanks for sharing how you did it!

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  18. this is perfect. one of my favorite colors! i'm about to rip open my front door right now to go buy some white jeans and dye! :)

    i'm hosting a creativity party on my blog right now, and i'd love for you to stop by and link this or any other project you may have: http://letbirdzfly.blogspot.com/2012/05/exodus-35-creativity-party-29.html

    thanks so much for sharing!

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  19. Oh lovely. Thankfully I managed to find a decent pair of mint jeans in a shop but I like the colour of your greeny ones too. :D

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  20. Thanks for linking to TAke-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!!
    --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  21. These are adorable! I love the final colors you ended up with!

    Thanks for sharing at Beautify it Monday!

    -Four Sisters

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  22. Wow! Oh my goodness, those are SO SO SO CUTE! I think I love the ones on the left that are slightly more green better! I have definitely said that quote about wanting mint jeans for this year! I have looked everywhere for them but they're always sold out or out of my price range! I would love to try this dye idea, but then I'd have to buy white jeans somewhere! I want a pair of white jeans, too! I need to find a deal! I just LOVE all the outfits you put together with your mint jeans. You are so cute and stylish!

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    1. You are so sweet, thank you for your kind comment! And I now need white jeans too, I used them all to make the mint ones! :D

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  23. this is great!!! thank you ... and sarah how did you maintain your slim figure after having 2 kids? :)

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment. Believe it or not, I wasn't always slim, but having two kids just a year apart will make anyone slim. :)

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  24. You are so adorable! You got the perfect color! I might try black to start with ;)

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  25. Love, love, love!! I would have never thought to dye my pants! Visiting from the Linky Party!

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  26. Love love! Now if I can just find a pair of white jeans!

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  27. Love the color!!! Great job! Found you on the crafty blog stalker!

    amber
    recipeswelove.net

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  28. That color was worth the hard work and wait! I love them! Thanks for sharing at Dwell on Friday! Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  29. You are BRILLIANT! I've been wanting some pants that color, and I have dye and light colored ones! Hello! I'm on it! Thanks for sharing this! :)

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    1. Please let me know if you try it, I would love to see the result!

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  30. Ahhh these are amazing. YOU are amazing. I'm actually so mad at myself right now because I just ordered mint jeans yesterday when I totally could have made them myself. Boo. Thanks for the great tutorial though. I'm tempted to still do this anyways and maybe just have two pairs of mint jeans. You can never have enough mint right?

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    1. Agreed! I have two pairs of mint jeans due to messing up the first one but I've been wearing both of them. :)

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  31. That is so awesome! This color of mint is perfect and they turned out amazing.

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  32. These are super cute! I really like them paired with the pink top! Nice job!

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  33. Thank you so much for your comments everyone! <3

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  34. Hey Sarah, you've been featured this week at http://cabinfeveredgem.blogspot.ca ! Please stop by and grab a button! Congrats!

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    1. Thank you!!! Just visited your blog and left a comment. :)

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  35. I love this color! I keep seeing it in stores. What a good idea to dye what you already have!

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  36. So fantastic! That is such a great color and you look adorable. :-) Thanks so much for sharing this with us last weekend at Inspiration Friday!
    Vanessa

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  37. The first pair of jeans is a totally different pair then the color you dyed. Just noticed that! :)

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    1. Yes it is, I messed up on the first one(as you can see by the pictures I posted), so I grabbed another pair of white jeans and the second time worked! I didn't even think to take a picture of the before of this on

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    2. "one" since I was too distraught and all I could think was, I need mint pants! :D

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  38. love the mint color, you got it just right!

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  39. I sooooo want to try this! I just need to find some white jeans that I can play with and get it right!! You did an awesome job! I am so jealous of the new pants you have :-)


    Thanks so much to linking this up to our Naturally-Nifty Linky Party last week! I just wanted to let you know that we featured this post of yours on our party today! Stop by and check it out, and link up this week while you are there! Also remember to pick up a featured button to brag with!

    By the way, we pin all of our features to our Pinterest, so check that out too!

    http://natural-nester.blogspot.com/2012/05/naturally-nifty-party-15.html

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm so flattered! Thank you for hosting a great link party!

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  40. I love this so much it's being featured this Friday at Dwell on Joy! Thanks so much for sharing, and have a great weekend!

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  41. Sarah, love love love your blog and your awesome DIYs. Went out to get the green vert but couldnt find any here in NoCal either in Joanns or Michaels. Where did you buy yours?

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    1. I got mine at hobby lobby.hope you find some!

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  42. hello! just wanted to let you know i tried this & appreciated your notes. my shorts turned out perfect (almost!)
    you can see my post here, if you want:
    http://evieivyoverstreet.blogspot.com/2012/06/adventures-with-dye.html

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    1. I just checked it out and left you a comment! It looks so great on you! Thanks for letting me know of your project!

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  43. Your pants look great. If you want to take the "failed" green pants back to their original white, RIT makes a color remover packet that you might try. I used it to change a light blue linen duvet cover to white and it worked in seconds. It runs about $2 and would be worth trying to save a pair of jeans for. Love your blog.

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    1. I didn't know that, thank you so much for the tip!

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  44. Love the color!! Very cute, that's amazing!

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  45. Oh my goodness - absolutely LOVE!!!! I want to try this - where did you get your dye from? Man, now I'm regretting throwing away all those old white capri slacks and jeans I had that were too see-through for my own good. Do you think it'd work on slacks? You're amazing!

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  46. Oh my goodness - absolutely LOVE!!!! I want to try this - where did you get your dye from? Man, now I'm regretting throwing away all those old white capri slacks and jeans I had that were too see-through for my own good. Do you think it'd work on slacks? You're amazing!

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    1. You are so sweet, thank you! And yes, don't ever throw away your old clothes! I got the dye from hobby lobby.

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  47. Did you used the same color dye for both jeans? or why did they came different? Love both :) thanks for sharing

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    1. If you read the instructions, it'll explain why they're different. :)

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  48. hey
    sarah u r gorgeous,lovd ur diy.dear i have grey pants wana color them
    aftr reading ur blog.plz help which color and hw shud i do it.luv punam
    frm india

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  49. hey
    sarah u r gorgeous,lovd ur diy.dear i have grey pants wana color them
    aftr reading ur blog.plz help which color and hw shud i do it.luv punam
    frm india

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