1. Gather your ingredients. You’ll need dye, salt and soda ash for dying. In order to prep your tote, soak in soda ash and water to make it colorfast and permeant. We used the Procion Dye in Midnight Blue, which also requires salt, but any dye for natural fabrics can be used.
2. Have a spoon for mixing and a towel for any accidents.
3. Slowly mix the dye into the water. You’ll want to stir it so it’s smooth, removing any chunks that could cause irregular marks.
4. Dip the bag in the dye. Ours was held in 5-minute intervals until the right color was achieved. The longer you hold it in the dye, the deeper the color becomes.
5. Ta-da! A beautiful dip-dyed tote!
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN WAXED-CANVAS SHIRT
1. Lay shirt flat and unbutton all buttons.
2. Wax around all seams first. Spread the wax on evenly, press firmly. More wax means less coats. We like to use Greenland Wax.
3. Iron with the steam off on level 1 or 2. It must be a dry iron setting. Slowly iron over all waxed surfaces.
4. Repeat wax coats until your achieve your desired look. More wax means more character, texture and waterproof. (We usually go with four coats for a perfect finish.)
Here’s how to create your own L.L.Bean Boot planter.
1/ Assemble a worn pair of L.L.Bean Boots, potting soil, a shovel, flowers or herbs of your choice and a drill.
2/ Drill 6-8 scattered drainage holes throughout the sole.
3/ Fill bottom with soil, add plant and cover with more soil.
4/ Display on your front porch. Be the envy of the neighborhood.
We all grow attached to our beloved L.L.Bean Boots. Luckily, some of our customers have figured out a way to never let them go by turning them into planters. We thought this was a great idea for a Mother’s Day gift and got to work. Check back tomorrow for instructions on putting together your very own Bean Boot bouquet.