Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! In honor of our lovely pink holiday, I thought I would share something that is both lovely, and pink (and will make your husband seriously doubt your sanity).
Colored jeans have been all the rage lately. I see trendy high school girls with their hair perfectly in place sporting their bright red jeans in Panera while I blog rather frequently… and yes. It does give me a bit of a complex. I was prowling around JCPenny the other day, hunting for part of the smartest’s v-day gift, and I came across some lovely florescent blue and brilliant red jeans. They were $25, which isn’t bad for jeans, but seeing as I wasn’t sure that I was awesome enough to wear florescent jeans, particularly without perfect hair or a Panera nearby, I went along my merry way.
The next weekend, the smartest and I dropped by a thrift store, and I started thinking about maybe creating some colored jeans of my own. I snagged a pair off the rack for $4.95 (without trying them on first, a decision I would later come to regret), and dropped by target to snag a $1.95 bottle of bleach.
Ok. Enough with the narrative already.
What you need:
$4.95 Jeans (probably some old ones, that you dig but won’t be thrown into the crushing grasp of depression should things end badly)
$1.95 Bleach (.5 gallon should do it)
Rubber gloves (because I really can’t have you blaming me if your fingers shrivel up and fall off. Wear them any time you are touching the bleach/pants/bowl/water)
Large bowl that you will never use for anything food related ever again
$2.69 1 packet RIT dye (I used red)
What you do
1. Put jeans in bowl
2. Run hot water over jeans, while adding your bleach (wear those gloves, if you like your skin). I added around .5 gallon or so- but I’m pretty sure less would do just fine. Add enough water to cover jeans.
3. Gasp for air and turn on overhead kitchen fan (do this in a ventilated area where possible)
4. Wonder by what cruel trick denim doesn’t bleach instantly, while the cotton shirt you are wearing (and spilled on) is already turning white.
5. Let jeans sit, stirring occasionally for roughly 2 hours (or until jeans are no longer blue and are more an awkward yellowish-tanish-whitish color). While handling/standing near jeans- wear your gloves. Just in case your pants leap out and aggressively attempt to shake your hand in congratulations for your awesomeness.
6. Rinse jeans in cold water, then rinse bowl
7. Read your dye package. It probably recommends that you fill your bowl with steaming hot water, and stir in some salt. Follow your directions, even though they aren’t as cool and snarky as me.
9. Package probably says to stir continuously for 15 minutes. I lost interest and went to play Age of Empires with the smartest, but it would probably be a good idea.
10. Let sit 45 minutes, stirring when you get up to get a
cookie healthy snack of some kind
12. Wash pants in washing machine in warm water (I actually washed mine 3 times, just in case)
13. Dry pants on low
14. Discover that you wish you had known that the size on the pants wasn’t actually the size OF the pants, and clothes pin pants together while husband takes photo for blog.
Viola! Colored jeans of your very own. Just in time for your Valentine’s Day date night! Price comparison: $25 for department store jeans vs $10 for the DIY version. I think I will use my extra $15 to track down one of those perfect hair girls and attempt to kidnap their hairdresser. Happy V-day everyone!