Cactus Costume

August 27 2019

Even if you don’t live in the desert, we highly recommend this costume! We love original costumes at Rit and couldn’t get over how fun this cactus costume turned out. It’s bright, unique and sure to stick out (no pun intended ☺️) in a crowd. Plus, it was so easy to make! Learn how to create it below.

Supplies
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Emerald or Kelly Green
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative
  • White Cotton Sweatshirt
  • White Cotton Pants
  • Green Pipe Cleaners
  • Large Plastic Container
  • Measuring Cup
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Paper Towels
Time
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Instructions
  1. Cover table with plastic and gather your supplies. 
  2. Prewash shirt and pants to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.  
  3. Fill a large plastic container with 3 gallons of hot water. Water temperature should ideally be 140°. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.  
  4. Wearing rubber gloves, add ½ bottle of well-shaken Rit All-Purpose Dye in Emerald.  Stir well.  
  5. Test dye color by dipping paper towel in the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye; if color is too dark, add more water. 
  6. Wearing rubber gloves, submerge the shirt and pants into the dyebath. Stir slowly and continuously. The first 10 minutes are the most critical. Stirring helps to ensure an even color with no splotches.
  7. When desired color is achieved, remove from dyebath. Fabric will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. Squeeze out excess dye. 
  8. We recommend using Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing to enhance color, increase color retention and prevent dye from bleeding into white areas. Follow package instructions. 
  9. Rinse in cool water until the water runs clear.  
  10. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.  
  11. Cut pipe cleaners in thirds. Then fold the cut pieces in half. You can glue two pieces together or leave them as-is.   
  12. Apply pipe cleaners to clothing with hot glue gun.

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