Oct 202012

My son wanted a black jean jacket.  Do you think we could find such a thing?  Noooooo…. but we found a blue one at a thrift store that was in good shape.  And I have black Rit Dye that I had purchased awhile ago to dye a Jakks doll black (the drow I’ve been wanting to do forever).  So today I’m gonna prep my doll to be dyed at the same time as his jacket.  BTW I’ll warn you now, I have never used rit dye before so this is my first time.

Providing I can find my dye 😕

(an hour later)

Ah-ha!  I knew I had some!  I have got to organize my supplies.  Especially before I take a break from customizing because I can’t remember where I put things.

Ok… where was I.  Oh yeah, my victim…

So… first thing I have to do is behead her.  With Jakks dolls, that’s a lot easier than it is with Mattel.  It’s basically just pull hard.

Ta Daa!!! 😈

Ok… now I’ve got to remove all her hair.  It’s in really good condition, so I may try to safe it for another doll.  Wish me luck.  What I’m gonna do is cut the hair off close to her head, and then with a pair of tweezers, pull it out from the inside.  While I’m doing that, how about you read the link below.  It’s a tutorial on how to dye my little ponies, and is what I’m going to be doing here.


I’ll be back…

Well, that was not fun.  Tedious would describe it.

Rerooting this doll with my regular method could be a major PITA.  I may have to do the tension method or make her a wig.  But we’ll deal with that later.

Now to remove all her face paint, and clean up her body… including the nail polish.  In the tutorial I mentioned before, she used acetone.  I usually use nail polish remover that contains acetone… but this girl was stubborn so I stole some of my husband’s acetone.  Wow… I know what I’m going to be using from now on!

Now to go read the instructions on the dye…

Ok, since I’m also going to be dying the jean jacket after my doll, I mixed up the dye according to the instructions with hot water.  Then I submersed my doll, and used a wooden spoon to keep her under.  And then I waited.  And waited.  And waited.  It took a whole lot more than a minute.  She turned dark purple first, which worried me.  Finally she looked black enough, so I let her soak a bit more.  Then I took her out, and rinsed her with cold water.  Finally, I gave her a nice warm bath in soapy water & one more rinse.

Ta Daa! *does happy dance*

Hard to believe it was the same doll, eh?

Stay tuned for what happens next!

  13 Responses to “Dying a soft vinyl doll with Rit Dye”


    Wow. It’s–okay, I just thought about that and this is going to sound a little perverted, but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a doll without nipples. *face-palm* That’s what I thought when I saw the naked Barbie. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Barbie, Moxy, Bratz, Monster High, etc. I’ve gotten used to working with BJDs and Obitsus, which try to be more realistic. Since discovering Obitsus, I’ve come to feel that they’re a ‘Barbie’ that I would rather my daughters, if I ever have any, have. But either way you go, customizing factory dolls is fun.


      I’d love to try other dolls out, but I have such a huge supply of barbies to work through. Barbies are easy to get ahold of, and a lot cheaper. One day though… 😉

      PS this gal was a Jakks Pacific Doll, not a barbie. Just thought I’d mention it.


    how long did you submerge the doll in the dye.


    I want to try this but in red and Im getting a little frustrated in doing so. Did you keep the water boiling? I left mine in for an hour and it turned her a light blotchy pink? Really need some extra help


      I’m sorry that I’m so late replying!
      Was she a soft or hard vinyl? Also, it there is any kind of oily residue on her that could effect how the dye gets soaked in.
      I hope you got it worked out!


    I tried it and my doll came out dark “purplely” black. *sigh* I had her in the water for over 5 hours because of her purpleness and nothing. Oh well it’s still good to experiment with. THANKS.

    Oh and did your doll have any purpleness?


    I have found that dark brown dye works better than black, it has a more reddish hue.


    Wow, awesome! I have a barbie doll that I started to paint green when I was little and I thought I would try again properly this time by getting some rit :) The thing is, I want to keep her face-up as it is as she has lovely green eyes. Is there anyway to mask a section so I can do this? Dye her skin, but keep her eyes?


    Hi! I am attempting to dye a vintage Skipper, and would also like to dye a new Barbie doll as well. I mixed black and dark brown together and brought to a boil. I disassembled the Skipper and placed in the hot dye mix and left her for over an hour. She did not dye very dark at all and had streaks and blotchy marks all over her. What am I doing wrong? The tutorial I used said not to leave the doll in the pan while it’s boiling. I would also like to dye a silkstone Barbie as well. I’m using damaged dolls to practice! Please advise! Thank you in advance!


      Are the hard plastic or soft? The one I did was soft, and it took to the dye very well. The hard plastic ones I haven’t heard of many having success. Sorry I’m not of much help :(


        Hello! Thank you for answering my email. The soft head dyes great, the hard plastic body doesn’t take too well to the dye. I’ve seen other dolls dyed, so I know it can be done, I just can’t figure out about the hard plastic body!

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