Tie Dyeing

Get psychedelic with a crafting classic - tie dyeing. The colorful 'sunburst' patterns kids can create are never out of style. This simplified version doesn't even require a washing machine!



What you'll need:

  • Tie dye (Hot water dye is the best because it won't run out. It is purchased from most chemists and specialty stores from $3.00 to $5.00.)

  • T-shirt, handkerchief, shorts, almost anything that might be of interest dying

  • Large pot -- metal because the dye does stain wood

  • Water

  • Spoon to stir around with

  • Tongs

  • Rubber bands


How to make it:

  1. Take article of clothing, gather up a bundle and wrap around the rubber band tightly.

  2. Do this in numerous spots all over the article so that circles will turn up everywhere you want.

  3. Boil some water in a large pot and when boiling tip dye in (sometimes you don't even need to use the whole pot of dye). Add article and stir for around 30 minutes on high.

  4. When finished, take out with tongs and run under cold water to make sure all extra dye runs out.

  5. Dry, then take off lackey bands (rubber bands), iron and your piece is ready to use.