DIY Dyed Pantyhose

DIY dyed red stockings

Did you know that you can dye your pantyhose any color you want? I heard that the other day and thought how hard can it be? Honestly, it’s cake.

I thought you ladies could really use this tutorial for your Halloween costumes. Want to be a devil? Then you’re going to need some red pantyhose. A witch? You might want some green or purple ones. Why bother spending $30 on them at the Halloween or Party stores when you can dye the ones you already have?

My point exactly.

dyed panty hose materials

Things You Will Need
Pot
Strainer
Pantyhose
Water flavoring
Large plastic spoon

dying options

These are the two flavors I used to make my red pantyhose. I was shooting for more of a deep red than a bright red, so I added some grape flavoring as well.

dyed water for stockingsStep 1
Pour enough water into your pot to fill it about half way full.  Make sure the water is warm but not to the point that it will boil. So, put the burner on a medium setting.

panty hose in water

red panty hose

Step 2
When the water is warm you can drop your pantyhose into the pot.

Important note: make sure you continue to stir the pantyhose. You want the color to distribute evenly and if you stop stirring it, the color will get splotchy.

I left mine in for about 15 minutes. Choose your length of time based on the color of the fabric. Just remember that since it’s wet, it will be a little bit darker than it will be when it dries.

straining panty hose

Step 3
When you’re satisfied with the color of the pantyhose, go ahead and pour the contents of the pot into a strainer.

Don’t ask me how they turned out red when the water was blue… no idea.

rinsing dyed stockings

Step 4
Rinse your pantyhose until the water runs clear.

Then wring them out and rinse again. Make sure there is absolutely no excess color in the water.

hanging-stockingsStep 4
Go wring them out really well. Then hang them up to dry. Make sure they aren’t bunched up. You want everything to dry evenly.

DIY dyed red stockings

When they dry, you should have some awesomely colorful pantyhose! I was really considering making a few pairs of these or even trying to get some multi-colored pairs. As you can tell, I’m a big fan of how they turned out.

The greatest thing is, you don’t have to use the brands I used. If you have Kool-aid or Mio or something else sitting around, it should work on your pantyhose, as long as it colors your water.

What do you think? Want to give it a shot? What color would you choose?

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21 thoughts on “DIY Dyed Pantyhose

    • Green is a good color as well! It wasn’t necessarily fruit juices. More like flavor-enhancing options. You can find them at grocery stores, convenience stores, and probably even the Dollar Store. Kool-Aid is well known as a kid’s juice drink.

  1. Way cool idea! Not needing them for costuming, sometimes I’m in need if dark brown or black for everyday and all that’s usually out there are tights. I’ll be trying this out for sure!

    • Nope, just make sure they get rinsed really really well. I washed mine twice after i made them and they aren’t sticky. They do smell like raspberry and grape still though.

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      • Weeell uhm that was a disaster and (waste of coffee) haha. Most of the ones I used were nude, and two of them were deep red (and I mean reeeeally red). Their original color didn’t change a bit. I thought what the heck, and threw in a satchet of black textile dye and the results…well the red ones remained the same, but the nudes got a funky green/grey’ish tone. http://oi63.tinypic.com/141pnhy.jpg
        Doesn’t matter though, since I don’t wear them visibly. I wear them for other reasons. I just generally like to experiment.. with anything!

        We don’t have Kool Aid or Wyler’s light in Norway, and I can’t seem to figure out what artificial coloring they have that makes them suitable for dyeing.

        Great blog! I especially like “35 Amazing Uses For Old Pallets”

      • Hmmm that’s interesting. Well, the color from coffee takes q while to stain anything. I did a mug holder made of wood and stained the wood with coffee. It took forever! So many layers.

        Do you have food coloring over there? That might work.

        Thanks for your kind words! So glad you like my blog. Have a wonderful day.

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