DIY Tie Dye Shirts
I’ve been looking forward to trying to tie dye shirts since last summer… it turned out to be one of those projects I just didn’t get around to. So, soon after school let out I gathered the white shirts, dug out the tie dye kit, rolled up our sleeves and channeled our inner hippies. As the mother of a little boy, it’s a great way to reuse stained white (or light colored) t-shirts!
We started with a simple tie dye kit that included the dye, rubber bands, plastic gloves and an instructional pamphlet. I had 6 white t-shirts that I had put in the washing machine and retrieved when they were slightly damp. The dampness will allow for the colors to penetrate through the shirt as well as make the shirt more easy to fold.
To make a spiral design, take a metal fork and push and spin the shirt (think spaghetti) into a tight spiral. I put three rubber bands around the spiral, splitting the shirt into 6 different sections. My son helped with this, but ultimately was something that I needed to finish. It can get a little tricky with the rubber bands!
I allowed my son to pick his colors and told him to color each piece of “pie” aka the sectioned off pieces of the spiral. We let the t-shirts to sit for a couple days which allows the dye to set into the shirt. Next, I removed the rubber bands… don’t forget to wear gloves for this step, too! My hands were green for days! Wash the shirts on a cold cycle several times without any soap.