Well, we’ve got sun (plenty of it), and most of us probably have some old white tees lying around – which leads us to ….. Tie-Dying! This was one of my favorite summer activities growing up and it’s a great way to make memories with your own kids.
You don’t need much special equipment for this craft (which is one of my requirements) and the kids will be able to wear their art all summer long.
Here’s what you need:
- a couple deep buckets/bowls/pots
- 2 or more colors of fabric dye
- 100% Cotton white tees
- Ziploc Bags
- Rubber Bands/String
How to Tie Dye:
- Get your dye ready in the separate buckets according to directions – add 1 cup salt into the hot water (even if the directions don’t call for it) to make the colors last longer.
- Pick a center for your shirt’s design and pull that center into a point. Smooth the rest of the shirt down until you’re holding what looks like a shirt-snake. (Yep – a shirt snake.) Tie string or rubber bands TIGHTLY around clumps of the shirt in 2-3 inch sections.
- Set your shirt into one bucket of color and let it sit for at least 5 minutes.
- If you have more colors than one, dunk half of your shirt into one color, and the other half into another – letting it sort of straddle both buckets at once.
- NOTE: If you have a few squirty bottles – you can also achieve a “rainbow” effect by squirting different color dyes onto each banded section!
- Now, wring out the excess dye and put it in a ziploc bag to set overnight. (This gets it EXTRA colorful)
- The next day, rinse your shirt as you cut off the rubber bands, then wash it ALL ALONE in the washer.
- Hang it out to dry in the sun!