If you're not familiar with bleach pens, buckle up. These handy little pens hold a bleach gel intended for stain removal, but they're also absolutely great tools for a quick and easy projects.
Here follows a few of my favorite bleach pen inspirations from Pinterest ...
Remake your napkins:
I could not refuse this idea. One can never have too many cloth napkins. I found some dark blue ones at Goodwill for $.49 each.
I used the bleach pen to create a flower pattern similar to the one in the pin (as seen above). These make great gifts, by the way.
Give your T-shirts a makeover!
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Though I guess I could always throw the shirt away...
These shirts are inspiring too.
Re-do your shoes!
If you're truly courageous, you could remake your TOMS. I only own one pair of TOMS and they're white; or at least that's the color they were when I first bought them. Turns out I can use the pen for its intended purpose...
If, like me, free drawing scares the crap out of you, create a stencil using freezer paper (or contact paper according to this pin).
See here for a tutorial on freezer paper stencils.
- The longer you leave the gel on the fabric, the more white it will become. Still, don't expect dark items to turn absolutely white; the final look is more batik-looking.
- While these gel pens are not as messy as working with liquid bleach, do take note of what you're wearing as well as the surroundings. They have a tendency to "spit out" when releasing air bubbles.
- Make sure you work on a bleach-safe surface, as it bleeds through the fabric.
Bleach pens can be found in the laundering section of most stores and cost about $3. One pen is enough for several projects.