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How to Use Flowers and Dye to Update Old Denim

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!

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*