Batik DIY

We’ve seen a lot of batik and batik-inspired prints on Pinterest lately and thought we’d give it a go.

In short, Batik is the art of decorating cloth using wax and dye. This method of fabric decoration has been practiced for centuries, originating in Java, Indonesia (the name orginated from Javanese tik meaning to dot).



  • Staple gun or drawing pins
  • Piece of 100% white cotton fabric
  • Old wooden frame
  • Wax (combination bees wax and paraffin wax is best and economical)
  • Cheap bristle paint brush
  • Dye and large bucket
  • Plastic gloves
  • Iron
  • Brown paper

Step 1:
Staple or pin your fabric to an old frame making it as tight as possible. Pencil the rough design onto the fabric.


Step 2:
Melt the wax in a heavy-based pot over high heat, until smoking hot. Dip the paint brush into the wax and don’t worry if it fizzes – the wax must be HOT! Apply the wax where you want white to show, the wax forms a resist against the dye applied later. To achieve fine dots we used this nifty tool but a smaller brush will also do.



Step 3:
Mix up your dye well and dunk a corner of the fabric in to test the colour. If you’re happy, submerge the whole fabric and gently agitated until totally dyed. Hang up and dry (don’t worry if it dries paler, the last wax will darken the colour).




Step 4:
When dry, reheat the wax and apply to the dried fabric in order to achieve a darker colour. Place brown paper on below and above the fabric and hot iron to draw out the excess wax. Repeat the process about 3 times until most wax has gone.




Step 5:
Leave the fabric to dry out before sewing it up into something useful 🙂 Miyu totally loved this huge batik cushion we made.


Tag us in your very own batik DIY’s so we can see how they turned out!

The Zana Girls xx


June 7, 201512:21 pm

This is really awesome, guys. Where in CT can one find bees and paraffin wax?

Robyn - Zana
June 8, 201512:22 pm

We did see bee’s wax at Deckle Edge in Woodstock! 🙂 Hope this helps!

Robyn - Zana
June 8, 201512:23 pm

There is also Candle Deli in Montague Gardens who sell lots of types of wax!