Tie dye is making a comeback (did it ever really leave?), and of course my little diva always has to look "stylish"! We recently got to try out a Fashion Tie Dye Kit from Craft Project Ideas and had so much fun! We wanted to try something a little different than the regular tie dye technique, and transformed a regular white t-shirt to a whole new look! I saw a cute rainbow tank at PS I Made This and knew we needed to try it out.
Fashion Tie-Dye Kit from CraftProjectIdeas.com
1 yard lace - any pattern or design you like
3 spray bottles
A few tips:
- This is a messy project, so if you're working with kids, be sure to work outside or in an area that you're okay staining. And buy extra gloves - you don't want to dye your hands!
- You probably won't be able to reuse the spray bottles once you're done, so I recommend getting them at the dollar store to save you money.
- Wear old clothes or clothes you don't mind staining. Like eating syrup, you'll get the dye on you no matter how careful you are!
The tie dye kit can make up to 30 tie dye designs, and the kit comes with everything you need: instruction guide, protection gloves, rubber bands, six dyes, and tie dye bottles! The dye colors (fuchsia, turquoise, purple, lime green, yellow, and black) are vibrant and will dye almost any fabric, so the possibilities are endless!! The kit is available at most Walmart stores and online at Walmart.com.
The instructions for the regular tie dye technique is to wet the shirt and wring it out - don't do it for this project!! The shirt needs to be completely dry for the lace pattern to show. We tested it out on another wet shirt, and you can barely see the lace patterns in a few spots. Still looks cool, but it won't look like the image above.
Cover your workspace with newspaper or cardboard. We opted to work outside, and hung the shirt on a tree branch with a plastic hanger. This worked a lot better than laying the shirt flat on the ground since we used spray bottles instead of the provided dye bottles. The dye didn't really get on the tree, and any dye you get on the grass will eventually get washed or mowed.
Cut a piece of the lace to fit the front of the shirt, and attach to the shoulders with binder clips. With the fuchsia dye, spray horizontally across the top third of the shirt. Don't spray it too heavy. Next, spray the middle third with purple dye, overlapping the bottom part of the fuchsia so you don't have a white line between the two colors. Last, add the blue dye, overlapping the bottom of the purple.
You can just do the front of the shirt, or turn the shirt around and repeat the process on the back. You can use the same piece of lace, or get a new one. If using the same piece, I would recommend letting the lace dry first, otherwise you can get spots of dye on the shirt (like below). Doesn't look bad, but just warning you that it can happen.
Let the shirt dry completely, then rinse with cold water. Some of the color will run and color in a lot of the white areas, but it still looks fantastic and you can see the lace pattern. Wash separately or hand wash and line dry so you don't dye any of your other clothes!
The kit was provided free by CraftProjectIdeas.com and/or Horizon Group USA. All opinions are my own.