Tie-Dye Paper




Introduction: Tie-Dye Paper

Tie-Dyed paper,not much to it, just a few things everyone will have.

Your going to need:

Permanent markers (lots of different colors)
2 sheets of printer paper (I used 8.5" X 11")
A rubber band
Rubbing alcohol (aka-Isopropanol) (Nail polish remover works too)
Spray bottle (this you can get at the dollar store)
An iron (the kind you use to get wrinkles out of your shirt)

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Start to Tie the Paper...

Paper is well, not nice, it isn't soft or particularly inclined to pleat nicely like cloth is. This makes it a bit harder to "tie" so we have to use a form to tie it around.

Take one of the two sheets of paper and crumple it into a ball.

Yay, we have a tie(ing) form. (this turns out to be a cool and usable sheet of "near" tie dye)

Step 2: Add the Main Sheet...

Take the ball of paper you just made and set it in the middle of the other sheet of paper, scrunch the flat sheet up and over the ball, as if you were wrapping it as a present.

Then twist on the rubber band just above the ball.

Scrunch up the tuft at the end a little bit.

Step 3: Colors!!!!!!!!

Take a look at your markers, line up a progression of colors (you choose).

Start on the bottom of the ball end, draw a shape in a color (duh). For the sheets I'm showing in the Instructable I just used a circle pattern but you can do shapes (don't expect clarity in end product but it does change the end pattern) or you could even off set the center point to one side (looks cool at the end too)

Expand your pattern in rings up the length of the ball, then up on to the end above the rubber band, so that most of the exposed paper is colored. Separate the folds in the tail (the end that isn't the ball) and color in them too.

Step 4: Blend the Colors Into Tie-dye Awesomeness

Take your newly colored paper out onto your deck or yard or whatever, and set down on a pice of cardboard (if you don't your deck will get stained).

Spray down the entire paper mass with rubbing alcohol (Fingernail polish works too) to a point where it is very damp but does not drip when you pick it up, be sure to spray down into the folds of the tail too.

Let the ball sit on the cardboard while the alcohol evaporates, it took mine about 25 minutes to dry to a point where it was just slightly damp (this is a good thing). But it was cold and humid so yours should dry faster.

Step 5: Unbind the Paper...

After the paper has dried most of the way, bring it back inside and remove the rubberband carefully, the paper is still damp and will tear easally.

Pull the ball from the middle of the main sheet. DO NOT DISSCARD IT!

Flatten both sheets out gently. Iron them untill they are flat. By this time all of the remaining alcohol will have evaporated from the heat of the iron leaving you with two sheets of bueatufly tie-died paper ready for manny uses.

Step 6: Lookie What I Made...

I made paper wallets out of these two sheets...Sorry for not having a picture, but be for warned, these are so cool, you'll end up making a ton of them for your friends.

Here is a link the the better of the paper wallets I've seen:

Be the First to Share


    • First Time Author Contest

      First Time Author Contest
    • Leather Challenge

      Leather Challenge
    • Space Challenge

      Space Challenge

    4 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Ummmm........ no offence, I feel that your profile picture is a little offenceisve


    WOW!!! This is simple fabulous! I havent seen this kind of stuff anywhere... loved it :)


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thaks, I'm glad you like it, and thanks for the subscription.