Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tye Dye

Tye Dye.  My seven year old has been swooning over tye dye t-shirts for so long.  When she sees one she right away tells the person she likes their shirt.  Then asks if they made it and you can see her wishing she could make one too!  I imagine my seven year with a bucket list of things she needs to do before she turns eight (really you should hear some of the things she comes up with).  Tye Dying a shirt is probably at the top of that list.

Then the other day I am out and about in blog land and came across tye dye candy corn shirts.

{The Swell Life check it out.}

I'm like, I can do that.  We were suppose to be heading down to my mom's for the long weekend.  I figure we can do it there.  Crafts are more fun with her : )
She agrees to go along (but really doesn't want to, she thinks you need to dip the shirts into the dye and that just sounds like a mess).  But you don't!

We went to Jo-Ann's and picked up the dye.  Then off to Target to pick up a pack of white undershirts.  Easy supply  list.
*Note: Pre-wash your shirts

White t-shirt, tye dye, rubber gloves and of course candy corn for inspirations.
You will want to properly prepare your work surface.  We laid out garbage bags under each shirt we did.
For the candy corn look we laid each shirt out on the counter versus twisting and using rubber bands.

Fill this bottle with water to that line (this is what you get in your dye kit).  Pretty handy.

Rubber Gloves
(Helps to have some paper towels handy to wipe the gloves off.  You will get dye on your gloves and when you switch colors you will want to clean them.)

You will want your shirt wet but not soaking wet, more like damp.

We dotted a line for the kids to go by then let them do the rest!  They thought it was cool!

One finished shirt!  We let them do their own thing.

Once done we had to let the shirts sit for 4-6 hours to let the dye set.  Then we rinsed each shirt in the sink until the water ran clear.  After that we threw them in for a quick wash in the washer.

We had 7 shirts in the pack we bought.  We also did a onesie and another white shirt the girls already had.  All with 2 bottles of dye(we could have kept on stretching the dye but we were out of shirts).  We had them do their 2nd shirt the twisting way.

The kids LOVED this project.  It was like a dream come true all for under $20!



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