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;
Rubber Bands; and
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!