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In my opinion, summer is just crying out for a fun, tie dye project. It’s a time to put aside the seriousness, let loose, enjoy life, and have fun with friends and family. The bright colors of tie dye are perfect for those lazy, hazy days of summer, sitting pool side and relaxing. In honor of this burst of color, Tulip and ILTC challenged bloggers to Tie Dye Your Summer and what better way to do that, than to learn a new tie dye technique. You’re going to love this Tie Dye tutorial!
Using the Tulip One-Step Tie-dye Kit, we tried three different techniques using sand; sand resist, sand and rubber bands, and directly dying the sand. You’ll need mostly the same supplies for each method.
I swear the boys were much more excited than they look. At this point, they jump full force into mommy’s little experiments.
– Tulip One-step Tie-Dye Kit (includes powdered dye, bottles, rubber bands, and gloves) #affiliate link
– white t-shirt
– plastic bowels
– Ziplock bags
For the sand resist method, simply scatter sand across your t-shirt, the more sand you use , the more white will be present on the final shirt. When you have it how you like it, scrunch the t-shirt together around the sandy areas, and use the squeeze bottles provided to apply the dye.
For a more traditional bull’s eye look, place pockets of sand, one at a time, on one layer of the shirt, then wrap the end in a rubber band to create a “bubble’. Each bubble will create a bull’s eye.
Scrunch the shirt a bit around each bubble, then squirt the dye to your hearts content. The more dye you add, the more concentrated the colors will be. Wearing the plastic gloves provided will keep your hands dye free, so make sure you put them on, especially if working with the kids.
The sand dyed shirt, though the least traditional, turned out to be my favorite. Simply place a cup sized amount of sand in a bowel, squirt the dye color of your choice, and mix with a plastic spoon or your glove covered hand.
Place your dyed sand on the shirt, one color at a time and rub into the t-shirt. You can blend the colors where they meet or leave wide spaces for more white areas.
Darker colors will over power the lighter colors like yellow so make sure you do the lighter colors first and move to the darker colors. We failed to do this the first time around which resulted in a more mustard colored yellow.
Let the sand sit on the shirt for a few minutes, then transfer the dyed sand into one of the ziplock bags. If you spread this out to dry in the sun, you’ve got a ready made supply of colored sand for future projects.
For more great tie dye technique tutorials and ideas check out Tie Dye Your Summer or follow any of the links below.