R & R Workshop: DIY| Coral Dyed Salt Water Sandals

DIY| Coral Dyed Salt Water Sandals

We were given a pair of white salt waters sandals from a friend and I wanted to change the color just for fun.  My sister-in-law came to visit and since I have never dyed anything, she helped me do this project.  Coral is so bright and fun! And much to my surprise..It worked! Who knew you could dye leather?! I love how they turned out and now she has her very own personalized sandals! See the full tutorial below :)

//salt Water Sandals
//Rit Dye (Scarlet & Tangerine)
//Measuring cups
//Pot to boil water
//Container for soaking sandals
//gloves or tongs (optional)
//towels to dry sandals

Before we begin..here are some tips: 

>>Always check out Rit.com before you do any project! Its best to check and see which fabrics take the dye and which do not. In our case, leather wasn't on the list.. So, I asked myself, am I going to be upset if it doesn't turn out? Ummm... nope! So we decided to go for it! 
>>Another fantastic part of rit.com is the color guide. It helps you mix their dyes to achieve a color that doesn't come straight out of the box. The color we opted for was number 501. It makes a perfect coral color!
>>We used the liquid Rit dye which I recommend as you can contain your mess a lot better and you don't have to stress over the dye being fully dissolved. 
>>Some people add vinegar and salt when they dye things. We skipped this and just added it to water. The point is to help the dye take better and be more vibrant. We haven't tried vinegar and salt, so that's for our next project i guess :)

1. Soak the leather shoes in hot water- I put a mason jar on top to keep them from floating. We soaked the sandals for about 30 minutes before tossing them in the pot of dye. When dying anything you want all fibers to be wet to help the dye take evenly.

2. Mix your dye. Create a one or two cup batch. We mixed 1 tsp scarlet, 1 tsp tangerine and 1 cup water. We doubled the recipe, and mixed our concoction in a two cup pyrex measuring cup. Make sure the water is very hot when you add the dye. It is best to make a well dissolved potent mixture like this and then add it to a larger pot of boiling water. This will be dark! Don't stress, your shoes will not turn out this color! Unless you leave them in there for a long time!

3. Add the mixture to boiling water & toss in your shoes. Honestly, we didn't measure this part, so you'll have to forgive us. If we had to guess...  three to four cups of water was in the pot when we added our mixture of two.  Make sure you have a big pot for big projects like this.
**This next part is up to you and how bright you want your color. We set the timer for 5 minutes, but we actually only left them in for two or three minutes. Most times you'll want to leave the fabric in for much longer, but the leather took the dye quickly and we wanted a softer color. 

4. Once you have achieved the color you want,take out of boiling water and put in bowl of cold water for 30 minutes. Run cold water over them until the water runs clear and let them sit for the remainder of the time completely submerged. 

5. Towel dry the shoes. You don't want to leave leather sopping wet so dry it as best you can with a towel and stuff a towel inside to help absorb more as they dry. Since these are salt water sandals, they are used to being in water. But if you feel your leather is dried out you can condition it with one part vinegar and two parts linseed oil.

The best part.. you can dye your sandals any color you want! oh the possibilities. . .  :)

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Amber Koogler said...

So cool!! Wonder if I can dye other leathers?? Pinning!!

Man Trip said...

How cute! Great tutorial :)

I Gotta Try That said...

That's great, I have never heard of doing this.
Thanks for sharing!

Bethany said...

Wow! I absolutely love the color! I never thought about dying leather.

Cathy said...

Super cute!

I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! The party is open every Friday and closes at midnight on Wednesday night. Who knows, you just might be featured next week!

I follow back: bloglovin, Facebook, and Twitter. =)


Hugs, Cathy

Amber Heidi said...

I had no idea this was possible! They turned out adorable!


Leslie Lambert said...

Thanks so much for sharing this...definitely need to save this idea! This would be perfect to link-up to my new series - "Create It Thursday." It's live now! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-1.html

Krystie said...

They look brand new! thanks for sharing!

The Thriftiness Miss said...

I'm totally in love with coral right now. It's so pretty and the prefect summer color. The sandals look great too! The dye job really brought them back to life. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Wonders! And have a lovely day!

Amber Koogler said...

Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!
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Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Well those sure turned out cute! What a great idea.Thanks for the info.

Hope you'll stop by fancy frugal life :)


Emily Thompson said...

Adoraadorble!!!! I saw these linked up to a few parties and liked them at everyone :O) Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays and would love for you to add my party to your list :o) Can't wait to see what you bring next week. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations
oh, and I just posted looking for some help with my blog... maybe you can offer some advice?

Sumo @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff said...

Those are stinking adorable! Love the color, and something about saltwater sandals just screams summer, doesn't it? I'll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!


Thanks for linking up!

marnae said...

Great idea--I love Saltwaters...one question though(maybe I missed this in your post) Does the dye rub off on your child's feet?

Rachel said...

Wow- those came out super cute! I have a pair of my own leather sandals that I can't wait to try this on. I would also love to share this with my readers if you did't mind!

Rachel R. said...

That coral is super-cute with her brown zebra print. :)

If you decide to dye something more along the lines of cotton, I'd definitely use the salt to set it. Leather probably holds dye fairly well without it, though.

sarahmcE said...

Just wondering... a few years later now... how'd the dye end up holding up to wear? Any fading, etc?

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