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June 30, 2021

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Ever wanted to know how to tie dye? It’s something that the kids would absolutely LOVE and it’s not quite as hard as you would think.

What you’ll need:

  • A white t-shirt; or something you want to dye
  • power fabric dye
  • rubber bands
  • gloves
  • squeeze bottles
  • ziploc bag

Method:

  1. Wash and dry your t-shirt.
  2. Boil some water in a pot.
  3. Add 400 mls of boiling water to some power to make the paint – do this for as many colours as you would like to use. Place dyes into squeeze bottles.
  4. Wet and wring out your shirt.
  5. Twist your shirt into desired pattern and hold in place with rubber bands – ideas for designs in video.
  6. Squeeze dye over shirt.
  7. Place shirt in a ziplock bag and place in the sun to dry for a day or two.
  8. Rinse shirt while still tied, only untie once the water runs clear.
  9. Put t-shirt in the washing machine to spin and dry.
  10. Hang your shirt out to dry and then it’s ready to wear.

Watch the YouTube video here for full instructions:

Have you ever tie dyed? Try it out and let us know how you go. SHARE your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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  • A very creative and rewarding activity!

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  • a great holiday or lockdown activity to do with the kids.

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  • Loved doing this as a holiday activity with my children when they were younger. Its a great way to give new life to some tired looking clothing or even bed linen.

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  • I used to tie dye clothes but I just used a liquid dye. It’s been so long ago I can’t even remember the name of the dye but I know it used to be a lot of fun to see how they turned out.

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  • I’ve not tried this, but looks fun and easy.

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  • I loved doing this as a kid

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  • Yes, I remember doing this as a kid – good fun and unique works of art as a result!

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  • I remember doing this as a kid – and it was fun!

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  • Great , colourful idea! (btw , think there is a typo in Step 3, it should say ‘powder’ maybe not ‘power’?

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  • You can buy cheap tie dye kits on eBay, Kogan and mydeal they’re about $20-$30 usually and it has 10 colours you just need something white to play with.

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  • It was a thing a few years back and we tie-dyed some t-shirts for my son. Seems like it’s back again.

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  • I’ve tie dyed when I was a kid, which is a long time ago ;)

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  • I’ve always wanted to give tie dye a go! Will have to try with my toddler! Thanks

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  • I never did that before and I noticed that again is very popular.

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  • I remember doing this in school, it was so much fun, but not sure it is so fashionable.

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