We dip-dyed a store-bought shower curtain for a fun pop of color. This project is inexpensive: The curtain cost less than $20 and the dye less than $5. You won’t have to invest in a lot of time either, since it took about an hour to make.

Step 1


Soak the Curtain in Water

Cover your work area with a drop cloth. This project can get messy and the dye will stain. Fill a large plastic container (or a sink) with 1 to 2 gallons of water. Fully submerge the shower curtain in the water.

Step 2


Wring It Out

Twist out the excess water from the shower curtain, but keep the shower curtain damp. Set aside. Empty the water out of the plastic container.

Step 3


Prep the Liquids

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and remove from heat. Put on rubber gloves and shake the liquid dye according to the instructions on the bottle.

Step 4


Start With the Dye

Pour half of the bottle of dye (or 1/2 cup) into the large plastic container.

Step 5


Add Salt and Water Then Mix

Measure out one cup of salt. Pour it into the container along with 4 cups of the very hot water that you just boiled. Stir well with a metal spoon.

Step 6


More Water

Add two additional gallons of hot water into the container, along with a small capful of laundry detergent. Stir well.

Step 7


Fold and Prep

Fold the shower curtain in half grommet to grommet. Make sure the folded width will easily fit in the plastic container. Knot a piece of twine through the grommets at the top of the shower curtain. This will ensure that the fabric stays even from the folding and will help maintain more even lines with the dye.

Step 8


Wrap Around Dowel

Wrap the top of the shower curtain around the dowel rod several times and hold securely.

Step 9


Begin to Dunk

Begin lowering the bottom of the shower curtain into the dye bath. Lower it down to the highest point you want dye to appear on the curtain. Our shower curtain was left white at the top, so it was dipped into the dye bath about 12 inches from the top.

Step 10


Hold and Time

To achieve a very light color at the top, leave the top portion in for just a few seconds or until desired color is achieved. Then pull the top portion out of the dye bath and rest it on a tall standing object or hold it up on your own. Continue to do this for the entire curtain in 1- to 2-foot increments, lifting a new section up and out of the dye bath every 1 to 3 minutes to achieve the light-to-dark effect.

Step 11


Quick Fix

If an area has been left in the dye bath too long and you are unhappy with the result, immediately spray the area with water to try to even out the tone or lighten it.

Step 12


Leave the Bottom in Longest

Leave the very bottom of the shower curtain in the dye bath for a total of at least 15 minutes for maximum darkness.

Step 13


Rinse and Wash

Wring out excess dye from the shower curtain and remove it from dye bath. Carefully bring shower curtain to a sink and run cold water over the entire dyed surface. Hold the lightest color closest to the water to ensure that the dye flows down from lightest to darkest. Continue until water runs clear. Wring out excess water. Launder the shower curtain according to instructions on the bottle of dye.