My Grandmother’s Advice: Color-Coordinated Everything for $2

Technically, this was my mother’s idea…but we had to talk to my grandmother to get the process straight. Apparently, home-dyed “everything” was popular in generations past! Just think of whatever wedding accessory or item you’re looking for in your colors – here’s how to get it in your colors for around $2.

Even though orange wasn’t our wedding color, I had my mind set on Clemson-orange shoes. Do you know how difficult it is to find a quality pair of formal shoes in ORANGE? Despite my expertise in shopping (har har), I struck out in the shoe department. It was my mother who suggested, on a whim, we buy a pair of cream designer heels and dye them…on her kitchen floor, with a couple sponge brushes and zero experience. I included in the photo my Apple red shoes, dyed by David’s Bridal. I think we did a darn good job in comparison, wouldn’t you say?

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Our job on the left; David’s Bridal on the right.

Ever heard of Rit? Probably not, unless you tye-dyed tshirts at summer camp.

It comes in two forms – powder or liquid – and costs about $2/box or bottle at most craft stores. Use a coupon and it’s even cheaper, but let’s be real…

They’ve done the legwork and published the formulas for hundreds of shades…because you just had to pick some special shade of purple, huh?

The shoes took a couple coats, and maybe could have gone for another, but I got my orange shoes! I was able to choose a comfortable style rather than limit myself to the options in orange (extremely slim…and I didn’t find clubbing shoes with spikes to be wedding appropriate.) You might also consider a long list of other products you could buy in white and dye til your heart’s content (handbags, shawls, hair accessories, sashes, tableclothes and decor). You’ll probably want to put anything that can be washed through a cycle or so to avoid a wedding-day run, or seal in the colors with a product like Scotchguard or Rit’s version.

What do you think? There are dozens of sites with detailed directions, based on what you’re dying. Is there a particular item you haven’t been able to find in “your colors?” Will you try and do it yourself? Please share your story and photos!

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