We bought our tie dye kit on Amazon and asked everyone to bring their own item to tie dye. The kit came with gloves, aprons, 18 different colors and instructions (including different design ideas).
A few tips that we learned along the way:
You can find tons of video tutorials online and your kit will most likely come with a few instructions for how you can achieve certain looks when dying your clothing item.
Here are a few of the looks that we tried:
To achieve the spiral look you will need your clothing item and a fork. Place your fork at the center of your shirt and gently begin winding your t-shirt around it. Tuck in the edges when you get to the end.
Place rubber bands around your circle creating several wedges.
Color each wedge a different color (or alternate colors) to create the spiral effect.
To create the striped look. Fold your t-shirt accordion style. Then add your rubber bands all along your folded t-shirt to create your stripes. The closer you place the rubber bands, the thinner the stripes, the further apart you place the rubber bands, the wider the stripes.
Dye each section that you have rubber banded off. Alternate colors to create stripes.
To make a rainbow…. you will use a similar technique. DO NOT fold you shirt. Just squeeze your shirt together and place your rubber bands along the length of your shirt.
You will want a larger space at the bottom and at the top and then four rubber bands spaced closer together in the middle. The top and bottom will be blue and the rubber bands in the center will be your rainbow colors: red, orange, yellow, and green.
We used this technique to create a mask.
To create a bullseye pinch the center of the front of your shirt and place a rubber band around it. Slowly work your way down, placing rubber bands approximately 1 inch apart.
If you want both sides to have a bullseye then repeat this motion on the other side. If you prefer for your back to be solid colored then leave it plain, or pull it in together with the front side when creating your bullseye.
Unfortunately we did not get photos of this one, but it is the easiest!
Just repeat the same method that you used to create the bullseye but do it all over your shirt!
You can create lots of mini-bullseyes all over your shirt by placing two or three rubber bands in each spot. Or you can create simple polka dots by placing single rubber bands spread out all over your shirt.
Most of all have fun and get creative!! You really can’t go wrong with tie dye! Every creation is unique and lots of fun.