July 24, 2013

DIY No-Dye Ombré Tote

Packing for the beach trip last weekend, I realized it'd be nice to have a simple but colorful tote for carrying my stack of magazines, SPF, and Kindle. It also gave me the final push I needed to try the ombré trend in a non-messy way. In my tiny DC apartment, the thought of dip-dye makes me shudder. I've come up with an alternative that takes less than 5 minutes (seriously!) and only requires a layer of newspaper or cardboard on the floor. No buckets, no mess!

Simply Spray soft fabric paint (I used lavender)
Tote bag (I used this exact one)

To make your DIY ombré tote, follow directions on the paint can. I recommend testing the paint out on a large piece of cardboard first so you get a feel for how to create a nice, even spray. Beginning at the bottom of the tote, gently spray paint from side-to-side, working your way up the tote and gradually fading the paint. Let it dry, then flip tote over and repeat on the opposite side. If paint begins to pool on the surface, you can blot it away with a paper towel. Dry and set according to the paint directions.

In my first DIY ombré try, I made this blue tote. While the effect isn't quite as gradual in the color change, it reminds me of where the waves meets the sky on the horizon line!

Disclosure: Both the tote and Simply Spray were provided to me by My Next Style, and no other compensation was received. Thank you, My Next Style!


  1. Love this! Such an easy idea, the blue one is lovely!

  2. This is so cute! Love that you found a way to get around all the messy dye. And I love how the blue one looks like mountains very pretty. http://lovelyonabudget.blogspot.com/

  3. That turned out so cute! I love them both.

  4. This is a great idea, looks amazing xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

  5. I love this! Spray dye is genius and using it to achieve an easy ombre saves HOURS! Great job! And I agree on the blue tote, it reminds me of the same thing! Love it!
    xo ~ Lia

  6. Amazing Idea ... and it seems so simple!
    I loved it ... and surely gonna try it soon!

  7. I'm in love with this! and the blue one looks gorgeous too, even if it's not all that "regular"

  8. These look great! And ditto on the apartment situation- I will always avoid standard dying! Thanks for the idea!

  9. I love the ombre look! Awesome use of spray dye!

  10. Those look adorable! It seems like a simple craft even a complete idget like me could do. :D

  11. Awesome! I've been wanting to try doing something with those spray paints. I love both of the bags you made :)


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