A bathtub or a large bowl,
Laundry detergent, and
Step 1: Prep your jeans by washing them in warm water. Let them dry for about an hour (or place them in the dryer for about 10 minutes) to make sure they are damp, but not soaking wet.
Step 2: Choose a spot on your jeans to be the "eye" of the swirl. Use your finger to hold down the spot and wrap the remaining fabric around it.
Step 3: Once your jeans are completely wrapped, begin securing them with rubber bands.
Step 4: Continue 'banding your jeans until they are a tight ball.
Step 5: Prepare your dyes. Every dye is different, so make sure to follow your particular dye's directions. For us, we soaked the dye in warm water in individual cups.
Step 6: Beginning with the lightest color, pour your dye onto one third of the ball.
Step 7: Using the next lightest color, pour the dye on the next third, making sure to overlap a little to create an additional color.
Step 8: Cover the remaining third with your third color dye and immediately turn jeans over. Repeat dyeing steps on the back of the jean, making sure to correspond the correct colors to the thirds of the ball.
Step 9: Allow to dry for as long as you can stand it about eight hours. Place your jeans in a plastic bag summer-camp style while they dry.
Step 10: Remove your jeans from the bag and rinse in cold water.
Step 11: Wash and dry normally, enjoy your new pants, and send us a postcard from Burning Man.
Maybe you tie dyed last weekend, or maybe you quit after you left summer camp, but either way, everyone dyes differently and everyone needs a refresher. A favorite of your hippie parents and pre-Columbian Peruvians, TD is a summer classic (a ritual, even) and should be performed and passed down to future diyers. Plus, nothing announces a party in your pants like tie dye, so we’re going to show you how to dye and improve your favorite jeans (or hide the 4th of July grass stains that nearly ruined them). For even more fun, grab a few friends, find a semi-legal rooftop, and follow these easy steps for the best tie-dyed jeans that money literally can’t buy.