DIY: S+S x Paige Denim Ombre Denim

Ombre denim is everywhere right now.  Look to any DIY blog worth it’s salt and there are dip dyes galore.  But buckets (at least indoors,) can be so intimidating!  Today, I’ve partnered up with one of my absolute favorite denim brands, Paige Denim, to show another way to achieve the ombre look… no bucket required! (I don’t know about any of you, but living in New York and not having a back yard, a bucket full of dye or bleach would be one massive disaster.)  We’ll get the same look (possibly better as this gives you more control,) using spray bottles (each filled with a different level of dye.)  It’s still messy, but it’s a bit more approachable for those of us without an outdoor workspace!  I did this (very carefully) in my window ledge, but you could do it in your bath tub or on your kitchen floor – so long as you are careful.

{Also featured:  Rebecca Minkoff Bag (c/o,) Sam Edelman Heels}

Where to buy:  Paige Denim White Skyline Ankle Peg Jeans // Spray Bottles // Rit Dye

1.  Soak your denim in warm water.  // 2.  Lay flat (I used two garbage bags in my windowsill ledge to protect the window and ensure my pants did not get dirty.  // 3.  Spray on your strongest dye (my strongest dye was about 1.5 Tbsp of dye mixed with 10 oz. water! // 4.  Flip over (very carefully,) and repeat.

5.  Spray on your medium level dye (use about half as much dye as the first time around.)  // 6.  Blend, by spraying more of your level 2 dye over the dye you’ve already sprayed – resulting in an ombre effect.  // 7.  Flip over and repeat.  // 8.  Spray on your weakest level of dye (this is just a few drops of dye mixed in with water.)  When you are done with that, flip over and repeat.

Once you’ve finished, allow to dry for 24 hours.  Then, wash (no detergent,) on cold.  I found that one of the (sort of awesome) side effects was that the dye bled into the bottom, leaving them a lilac color.  I loved this but if you don’t want it to happen to yours, add salt to your dye, and give your jeans an extra 24 hours to dry before washing.

Voila, you are done… enjoy your ombre denim!

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  1. Harriet Cochrane says 6.6.12

    This looks so amazing! I definitely want to try and do this<3

    Take a peak at my blog<3?


    ?Project Rattlebag



  2. sharon lei says 6.6.12

    Definitely a great DIY! I just did dipped dyed a denim vest… it came out pretty amazing.  I want to bleach everything now! LOL.  I’ll have to give this technique a try for sure. 🙂

    xx Love & Aloha

  3. Roxanne D'souza says 6.6.12

    Fabulous!!! I love all you DIYS!

  4. RealGirlGlam says 6.6.12

    Those look so good (loving the shoes too!) and I love that you did it without a bucket. I think this way is easier for ombre. Great DIY as always!

  5. Alex (Things That Sparkle) says 6.6.12

    They turned out perfectly. Absolutely loooove!

  6. Viviana Carmona says 6.6.12

    So fabulous!!!!!

  7. Liz {Sequins & Stripes} says 6.6.12


  8. Erika [small shop] says 6.6.12

    Whoa! This is way cool! I just bought those exact jeans! I love them, they fit great.
    Obsessed with your Rebecca Minkoff bag…lucky girl!
    Well, also the shoes. ;0)

  9. Ritafashiondays says 6.6.12

    love love love, I wish you could make one for me too!! 🙂 /

  10. i want to do this…in my basement…Stone the cat will be my assistant. 

  11. AvgGirlsGuide says 6.6.12

    LOVE how these turned out; the accidental lilac effect at the bottom is way cool, too. And that gorgeous RM bag? Lucky! 

  12. They came out beautifully! I also love you low mess technique : )

  13. Robin says 6.6.12


  14. Megan Zietz says 6.6.12

    such a great idea!

  15. Nnenna says 6.6.12

    These jeans turned out beautifully- LOVE! 🙂

  16. Customized jeans: love it!!!!

  17. Taylor Curlyinthecity says 6.6.12

    WOWZAS LOVE!!!!!!!!!!

  18. You are a genius! I could never attempt this.

  19. Kara Endres says 6.6.12

    That’s such a great idea! I’ve been wanting to try those fabric spray paints and also do a dyed ombre pant- I love how you kind of combined those two into one. 

  20. Hannah says 6.6.12

    Oh my gosh, this is such an amazing idea. I will definitely have to try it – thanks for sharing x

  21. Emmy MW says 6.6.12

    The result of this DIY is fantastic.  Really love the look of ombre jeans!

  22. Julie & Lauren says 6.6.12

    Omg you’re amazing!!! I want these jeans. They’re adorable and so professional. So fun seeing you last night! XO

  23. erica says 6.7.12

    these turned out amazing! what a great alternative.

    xo erica

  24. Bettina says 6.7.12

    Love this one Grace! I am so scared of the buckets, so this one seems like a less intimidating alternative. And love the Sam Edelman heels, I totally ended up getting them in bronze and love them, they’re so comfy and go with everything! 

  25. kirbybee says 6.7.12

    Wow!! Love this!! I’ve done plenty of dyeing but never anything like this, something to try for the weekend!!


  26. Cara says 6.7.12

    This is awesome! I very carefully dip-dyed a tshirt in my apartment’s kitchen sink last weekend but was nervous the whole time.  Love the way the jeans came out, they are just beautiful! 

  27. this is really awesome. this is a DIY i think i could actually do! now to find a cute pair of inexpensive white jeans… 🙂
    (ps when you were in touch with paige i think you were working with my best friend brynn! she did paige’s PR! small world!)

    • graceatwood says 6.8.12

      haha – majorly small world! I think that you should do them in hot pink – they would be so you, Queen Jord! xo

  28. Kia says 6.30.12

    Hi 🙂
    Can you do this on blue jeans aswell? Or du you have any ideas on how to “pimp” my old blue jeans :D?

    • graceatwood says 7.1.12

      Hi Kia,
      I’m sure you could do this to blue jeans too! You might want to try a bleach dip dye for more impact. In that case, Jenni from I Spy DIY has a great tutorial for a bleach dip dye over on her blog.

  29. Free Coupon says 7.6.12

    I was looking for an idea  to dye my jeans….loved your idea gonna give it a shot

    • graceatwood says 7.8.12

      Thank you! I hope you give it a try!

  30. Cristie Xu says 7.19.12
    • graceatwood says 7.20.12

      Thank you Cristie!

  31. Fiona says 7.26.12

    The effect worked really well never thought of using  spray bottles thanks for the tips xx

    • graceatwood says 7.26.12

      Thanks Fiona! I hope you try the project! So easy and not as intimidating as it looks. 🙂

  32. Stephanie says 11.15.12

    This may be a dumb question but, I honestly never worked with dye before! Does the color stay when you wash it after the first wash then? Like with detergent? Also, does it matter what quality jeans I use? I was thinking of going to Gap and getting jeggings or regular white jeans depending on what I find and I wasn’t sure if the material matters when it comes to absorbing dye!!

    Thank you!!

  33. Ceili says 3.11.14

    Do you think this would work with bleach and a denim vest