If you are anywhere besides San Francisco, that means summer is just around the corner. Days will soon to be filled with sunnies, sandals, sundresses, and sun dye. Sun dye, say what?! Yes, it’s called Inkodye. It’s amazing liquid paint that changes color when exposed to the sun. We’ve played with it before, but this time we decided to update last year’s white shorts with an all-natural floral pattern. In about 30 minutes you will be able to say goodbye to your old dingy white shorts and hello to a fresh floral collage.



– white shorts


– flowers


– plexiglass or glass

– tape

– paint brush



1. Use the tape to outline the area you want to paint. Then apply the Inkodye.

2. Arrange your flowers in a beautiful floral collage and cover with plexiglass or regular glass.

3. Carry your creation out into the sun and watch your Inkodye morph into its true color.


We went for a statement on one side of the shorts, but we are all for sun dyeing the whole pair! Take the plunge and share your creations with us using the hashtag #iamcreative.


Go outside and hunt for flowers and leaves that would make a great shadow print. Look for pieces that have defined lines and are not too busy.


Once you have your perfect arrangement, cover with a piece of plexiglass or glass. We used the glass from a picture frame. This will help keep your creation in place while it bakes out in the sun.


We let these shorts sit outside for about 30 minutes. The Inkodye package has instructions on how long you should let your piece sit out depending on the weather (sunny or cloudy).


Peel off your botanicals to revel the negative print. We love the depth that they create.


This is clearly the most natural take on the floral print trend.


Throw this tutorial on your list of musts for the summer. Need more cut-out inspiration? We have plenty =)


As you may know, this isn’t the first time we’ve played around with Inkodye. We are always down for a project that allows you to be outside in the sun!


Have you had the chance to play around with Inkodye? Share your creations with us using the hashtag #iamcreative. As always, leave your questions and comments below!