Craft: Sharpie Tie-Dye
March 15, 2013
This is a cool looking craft that is pretty inexpensive. Below we show you how to do it. Check the jump for some tips and a few more pictures.
We heard about this craft on Pinterest and gave it a shot. The first time we did it we used small pieces of cloth the teens could stretch across a tin can and color on. This gave them a cool little “painting” to take home. The next time we used t-shirts and tried some actual tie-dye tricks. They turned out great, but the staff was left a little woozy from the fumes. So here are some lessons learned:
- Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area. Outside would be best.
- Cotton T-shirts were a little thicker than imagined. The stripes didn’t turn out so well because of this, more Sharpie and alcohol may fix this. Circles work really well and look cooler.
- The video uses tank tops, which we glued on the bottom for tank top purses.
- We were a little fuzzy on cleaning instructions, but the About article linked above states, “After your shirt is completely dry (alcohol is flammable, so don’t use heat on a damp shirt), set the colors by tumbling the shirt in a hot clothes dryer for ~15 minutes. You can wear and wash your new shirt like other clothes now.”
- Encourage the teens to be creative with the folding/bunching/rolling. The best products came from the kids/teens who hadn’t seen the video and experimented with the fabric and colors.
- We thought adding too many colors would make the shirts look muddy, so we encouraged our teens to use 2-3 colors. However, this was incorrect. The more colors the better.
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