Nothing says retro like a tie dyed t-shirt, and they are super fun to make. You can do them individually, as a class activity, or for a fun sleep-over activity. There are so many options with color and patterns. We used 3 easy styles, which we'll demonstrate. We also tried both wet shirts and dry shirts. You'll see the difference in the amount of color on each. If you want more white to show, use a dry shirt. If you want more color, wet the shirt up with a spray bottle first. Both look super groovy. It's just a matter of taste. Go nuts and have fun. Can you dig it?
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Simple enough. Get a tie die kit, some t-shirts (pre washed), a cheap plastic table cover, and maybe some rockin tunes to bring you back to the days of bellbottoms and peace signs. Have some plastic bags handy too, to store them in when you're done dyeing. The plastic grocery bags are just fine. We used gallon sized storage bags, so everyone could write their name on the one their shirt was in.
*Your kit should have bottles, color packets, rubber bands, and gloves.
Step 2: Pour In The Color Packs
Choose your colors. Cut the top of each packet and carefully pour each one into their own bottle. This is a good time to label the bottles, because once the color is mixed, it can be a little difficult to tell the difference between some of the colors.
Step 3: Mix The Color
Fill the bottles to the fill line shown on the bottle, put the lid on, and (with glove on) shake, shake, shake. Shake your booty. I mean, shake the bottles until all the powder is mixed in.
Step 4: Style 1: Do The Twist
There are lots of different ways to tie dye. This one is a spiral.
Pinch a spot on the shirt, and twist. Keep twisting around and around.
As your twisting the shirt with one hand, use the other to gather little folds with the other. You want to make sure it's got plenty of folds, and not just a big wad of shirt.