Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DIY TIE DYE SUMMER FUN

Who loves to tie dye??? This girl!  I have to admit that I have never...you read it right...never done tie dye before this project.  I fell in love with it.  

Little Man did it with his class on the last day of school and he wanted to teach us all how.  Luckily, while we were at the beach, we stopped by Target and visited my favorite One Spot. We spotted these tie dye packs for $3.  They included everything you needed as well as two colors.  We bought three packs to have an assortment of colors.

The kit includes:

Two bottles prefilled with the color powder;
Plastic gloves;
Rubber Bands; and
Directions

All you need is your shirt, gallon size Ziplock bags, a drop cloth, paper towels and some water!


Step 1:  You will want to wash your shirts so that they will be the preshrunk size before you apply the tie dye.

Step 2:  Prepare your work space.  You will want to lay down a drop cloth (we used a $0.99 plastic table cloth) and then some newspaper on top of that.  We did not have news paper at the beach, so we used paper towels.  They work the same.  Mix your colors with warm water as instructed on the directions. It is important that you use the dye within 45 minutes of mixing!

Step 3:  Lay your shirt flat on your work surface.  Depending on the style of tie dye you want will change the way you wrap your shirt.  (This is also included on the directions.)  We wanted the spiral design, so we pinched a small bit in the very center of the shirt and began to twist the shirt clockwise.  You do not lift the shirt as you twist.  Twist the shirt until you form a circle.  Tuck the sleeves into the circle as they will not twist well. (Don't worry if you can't get them perfect, it really doesn't matter.)

Step 4:  With a little help wrap 3-4 rubber bands around the shirt making a star shape or pie slices.

Step 5:  Put on your rubber gloves.  Choose your colors and begin applying the dye to each "pie slice".  You may want to keep the same color on the opposite sides of the pie slices.  You will see an example below.  This helps to form the color swirl.

Step 6:  Turn your shirt over and do the same.



The Pro at Work!

Now he is supervising!


Note the star shape or "pie slices" and how the colors are opposite to each other.

Step 7:  Once you are all finished creating your masterpiece, place it into a gallon size Ziplock bag and let sit in a warm place over night.

Step 8:  Rinse your shirt in cold water (one at a time) in a sink until the water runs clear.  It will not run totally clear, but you will know when most of the dye is gone.

Step 9:  Wash your shirts in a cold cycle in the washing machine.  Dry as you normally would.

Step 10:  Pat yourself on the back for a beautiful job well done and wear like a champ! Oh and you can also pair with a super cute pair of neon flip flops found in the $1 section of Michael's!






We all wore our shirts to dinner one night at the beach and then took a walk on the beach afterward.  We received so many compliments on our shirts and everyone was pleasantly surprised that we had DIY'ed them.  It was so fun and we all still wear them all the time!

Let me know if you love to tie dye!  

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21 comments:

  1. Too cute!! I love to tie dye... But the last time I did it, I was more colorful than the shirt itself. I'm thinking a redo is needed soon on my part, with the help of your instructions of course!

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    1. Haha. Thi claimed no mess so it was right up my alley. You should give it another shot.

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  2. how fun, will have to try this! Thanks! Cute that you guys all wore them at the same time.

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    1. Thanks Sarah. It was a hit to say the least! We had so much fun wearing them together.

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  3. Awesome ideas. I've always wanted to make a tie dye shirt. I know mine would have lots of pink in it. Love these. And so much fun.

    great pics. and ya'll look colorful.

    http://nightowlventing02.blogspot.com/2014/07/hump-day-confessions.html

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  4. My HUSBAND was just telling me he wanted to tie dye shirts together (haha). You all look so fun in your tie dye creations!

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    1. You totally should. It's a great bonding experience.

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  5. I've never tried tie dye before, but this makes me want to try! Your shirts turned out so cute! Love the colors. This would be such a fun project for vacation too. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week's issue.

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    1. Thank you Mel for the feature! I love to see my stuff on your blog. We loved it so much we went last night and bought more kits for Lil Man's birthday in September!

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  6. Ha! Now I know the secret to the swirl...keep colors opposite from one another the same! I have attempted to make tie dye shirts with my boys twice now and both times were pretty much failures. I will have to give it a go again, yours turned out great! SO glad to see this at our Get Your DIY on party! :)

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    1. Christy, without Little Man's help I would have never known the secret to the swirl! I have to say he learned something in 1st grade. Haha! Thanks for stopping by and also hosting the DIY party.

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  7. Love these! We tie-dyed t-shirts this summer, too. I didn't realize you could pick up dye at Target--good to know!

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    1. Gretchen, they still have the kits at my store. They are in the One Spot in the front. Let me know if you are able to do any more. I would love to see the end result.

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  8. The shirts turned out beautifully and what a fun outfit for the beach! My daughter just made her first tie dye shirt using this method and I can't believe how easy it was and how great it turned out. She liked the first shirt so much that she made two more and tye-died a matching pair of shorts! I think it's safe to say she has a little bit of an obsession. :)

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    1. That is too funny Tonya! I think I could become a bit obsessed also. They look so cute on the Littles! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I love how you made the shirts - so easy! We tried a kit and didn't do too well, however, after looking at how you used the kit, I want to try again.

    I'd love for you to share your craft with my readers at my Fabulously Frugal Thursday party!

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    1. Thanks Barb. I was surprised how well they turned out for my first time. Little Man is a great teacher. He didn't even do the swirl design in his class, but he knew exactly how to make it look great. Hard to believe he is only 6! Thanks for the invite to the party!

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