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How To Stencil With Bleach

Posted by Dani on September 9, 2014

How to stencil with bleach - a quick and easy DIY via http://lifeovereasy.com/
If you’re like me, you find random stains and bleach spots on items of clothing all the time. How they get there, I’ll never know. I blame the house elf.

How to stencil with bleach - a quick and easy DIY via http://lifeovereasy.com/

Here’s a quick and easy way to reclaim some of your favs, and have a little DIY fun while you’re at it. Nads got me on to this trick when she made my girls some sweet tanks for Valentine’s Day one year. It’s an easy craft, even for beginners, and a good way to revamp some clothes you might otherwise discard.

The only thing to remember is that the colour you get where the bleach is applied is a little hard to predict. In this case, you might think bleach would give you a light green but in fact it went a little yellow. So try to keep an experimental attitude and tell yourself that the surprising outcomes are half the fun.

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Here, I used an old tank that the house elf had spashed with bleach. The “stencils” were cut from some daisy trim ribbon that I found at the local fabric store. I used a 50-50 blend of bleach and water, and lined the tank with a plastic bag to keep the bleach from spreading to the back. Just apply your stencils, spray with a little of the bleach solution, and wait a few minutes for the colour to appear. Rinse it well, and voilà – you’ve got a brand new tank!

Some instructions I’ve seen say to use a cotton blend, since pure cotton will be damaged by the bleach. But I’ve done this project a number of times, and I’ve never had a problem with a 50-50 solution. And some fabrics seem to be bleach-resistant, even with pure bleach, so be prepared to give up if you come across one of these.

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Try this using crochet doilies from the thrift store, or shapes you cut out yourself. You’ll love this easy way to give some of your old favourites a new lease on life. And you’ll be outsmarting the house elf.

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13 Responses to “How To Stencil With Bleach”

  1. That tank looks cute, so much better!! What’s up with the house elf, huh? It hangs around my place too.

  2. Dani that tank turned out so cute! I love it! I usually stay far away from the bleach…I think I’m the house elf 🙂 but this looks really fun. I’ll be out at the end of the driveway doing this so I don’t wreck anything!!!

  3. Those house elfs are a prolific bunch – I’ve got one too.

    This is so smart – I never would have thought of bleaching a coloured shirt on purpose, bu ti love it!

  4. Thea says:

    This is a fabulous idea and so easy to do! What a great way to revive a piece of clothing or even a tablecloth. Gorgeous model by the way. Love the shot on the boat.

  5. Ah-ha, very cool, Dani! I never would have thought of this, but what a great idea – thanks for yet another DIY option to save something and make it ‘new’!

  6. Looks great! I’m impressed with how crisp the flower stencil looks!

  7. Katie says:

    This looks so cute!! What a good idea to rescue a tank!

  8. jen says:

    Love this idea and your top turned our great. I love the idea of using doilies as stencils.

  9. What a fun idea! I think I’ll do this with the kids shirts that they get stains on.

  10. A D O R E ! ! So sharing this, I would love to do this!!

    Great idea!

  11. Great idea, this turned out lovely! Pinning!

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