Do It Yourself: Marble Your Backpack in 3 Easy Steps.

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Basically, I would love to marble E V E R Y T H I N G. Ever since I have discovered the technique, I am always on the lookout for things that can be customised. After a few test objects like t-shirts, fabric scraps and everything else I found that could use a facelift, today I present to you the DIY marble backpack. According to Pinterest, this process not only works with special colours, but also with nail polish. If you try this at home, please be sure to use a few test objects at first so you get to know the technique and are happy with your result in the end!

DIY Marble Backpack

WHAT YOU NEED

Backpack – either made of canvas oder faux leather
Marble dye
A bathtub full of water
Wooden sticks
Dirt eraser (to clean up afterwards)

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HOW TO DO IT

1. Marbling is easy! Prepare your water bath and be sure to use something that is big enough for your backpack. Prepare the backpack close by. Mine is made of recycled cotton canvas and produced by a company called BAGGU, using only sweatshop-free labour.

2. Shake the dyes well and prepare wooden sticks close to you. The next steps need to be made quickly so that the dye doesn’t get too dry on the water’s surface (that’s why there are no photos of this step). Put the dye into the water, drop by drop, staying close to the surface. Use the stick to draw a pattern into the different colours – now you can already get an idea of what your backpack will look like! Dip your backpack into the water quickly and carefully pull it out again. Ta-dah!

3. Give your backpack a few hours to dry completely and be careful not to touch the freshly marbled spots. Soon your one-of-a-kind marbled gem is ready to take out to the streets!

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Last, but not least there’s this one part that is less fun: cleaning it all up. There is a chance that dye has collected on your bathtub/sink/bucket etc. – don’t freak out when that happens! ;) You can easily remove marble residue with a dirt eraser.

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