Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tie-Dye with Sharpies!

I found a similar tutorial online last week and for the life of me I can't find the link again!  If you google Tie-Dye with sharpies there are tons of different posts and website that give ideas and instruction, this is our take on it!  **edit 3/15, I came accross the link again!  I got the idea from Sun Scholars.

This was a great project to do with Jillian, she enjoyed coloring in the sections and picking out what colors went where.  Next time we try this we will buy regular size sharpies and not use the thin ones, they made our job a lot harder.


Start by taking sections of the fabric and twisting them.  Once they are twisted tight you will rubber band them.  You will do this is sections all over the shirt, don't forget the back and sleeves! We used hairbands since that is all we had on hand.  I found the little clear bands of Jillian's worked better than my hairbands.

After all your twists are made it's time to start coloring!  Color the different sections however you want.

After you have colored in everything it's magic time!

I filled a small bowl with rubbing alcohol and dipped each "twist" into the alcohol.

Then we hung the t-shirt outside for several hours to dry.

Once it's dry it's time to undo the twists and see your work.

I wanted more color to the shirt and a few more tie-dye sections so I twisted and colored again.

Our final shirt, front:


Jillian can't wait to wear it to school to show her friends!


The Princess and the Tot said...

Princess and I LOVE this! We can't wait to make our own.

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

Very beautiful! What a great, less mess idea, for tye dye! I saw on Pink and Green Mama blog they did Tye Dye hankies!

Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

Yeah!!! That turned out so cute!

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

This is so cute! Does it hold up well with washing?

Michelle said...

Turned out great! I am a new follower and I would love if you would link it up to my Made by Little Hands Monday Linky party!
Thanks so much!

Jamie said...

Amy - I'll let you know later! The shirt is actually still hanging on the hanger from when I took the photos! LOL

I plan on washing it tonight (by itself) so I'll let you know how it does!

KyleeJ said...

Looks like fun!

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