No summer is complete until we make some tie-dye shirts. This year I went the easy route and got a tie-dye kit from Oriental Trading Company. It had everything we needed all in one kit and made the entire process so much easier.
You have enough in the kit to tie-dye up to five projects. We tie-dyed three shirts and still had plenty left over to put up for later. In the kit you get five different color dyes (yellow, green, blue, pink, purple), refill packets for each color, and four dying kits that include gloves and rubber bands. So as you can see the kit has everything you need. We picked up some cheap shirts at our local store and let the kids have fun creating their own styles.
Our 8-year-old wanted to make this striped shirt design. It was a lot of work and dye but it turned out so cute. She started out making a stripe of dye for each section across the shirt.
Then she took a brush and used her hands to spread the dye for each section until it made a large stripe.
It was a lot of fun and way different than what we have done in the past. I really like how it turned out too.
My oldest just did kind of a traditional tie-dye. Roll up the shirt and secure with rubber bands. Then tie-dye each section. Once dried it makes a spiral type design.
They had a blast creating their designs. I will make note that you have to let them dry for about 12 hours before you rinse them and wash/dry them. So it is a long all day project. However, it’s a great way to spend a summer weekend. The kids had a blast with them and they got cool shirts out of it.
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