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Kids Activities: Have Fun With Tie Dye

Get psychedelic with a crafting classic - tie dye! The colorful 'sunburst' patterns never go 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 can be purchased from specialty stores from $3.00 to $5.00).
  • T-shirt, handkerchief, shorts, almost anything that might be of interest in dying!
  • Large metal pot )take care as the dye can stain wood, plastic and counter tops)
  • Metal or Black Plastic Spoon to stir with
  • Tongs
  • Rubber bands

Want another colorful craft? Check out this bright, colorful butterfly puppet!

How to make it:

  1. Take your piece of clothing, gather up a bundle and wrap the rubber band tightly around the bundle.
  2. Repeat step 1 in spots all over the clothing so that circles will turn up everywhere you want.
  3. Boil water in the large pot.
  4. Once boiling, put dye in (sometimes you don't even need to use the whole package of dye).
  5. Add clothing and stir.
  6. Boil clothing, taking care to stir for 30 minutes on high.
  7. When finished, remove the clothing with tongs.
  8. Run clothing under cold water to make sure all extra dye runs out.
  9. Allow to dry for 30 minutes to 60 minutes.
  10. Take off rubber bands.
  11. Iron out wrinkles on a low setting.
  12. Launder (if preferred) before wearing.

Tie Dye

Now your piece is ready to use!

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