Easy Tie-Dye for Kids

by Amanda Formaro

Watch your child's face light up when you remove that first rubber band from your tie dyed t-shirt. It is truly amazing the designs that one can create with so few tools. Try these super easy tie dyes for kids and see what ours were raving about!

For the purposes of simplicity, we chose to use one color per garment, rather than multiple colors that are so often seen. You can also use colored garments and use a contrasting dye color to achieve the same results.

You will need:

various colors of fabric dye (available in the housewares department)
rubber bands
rubber gloves
marbles
tap water
garments such as t-shirts, cotton shorts, old jeans, etc.

What you do:

Begin by rubberbanding your garment according to the design you wish to achieve. See the pictures below followed by the method in which to reach that result.

 


sunburst


lines


circles


marble and several rubber bands


rubber bands only


marble and one rubber band


Prepare dye according to package directions. Be sure to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands! Dye can be just as damaging as bleach to your unprotected skin. Please take the proper safety precautions recommended.

Once your garment is ready, place in the dye for at least 15-20 minutes. The longer the garment remains in the dye, the darker and deeper the color will become. Remove from the dye and rinse according to package directions, usually in cold running water. Ring out garment until water runs clear.

Carefully remove rubber bands and marbles to reveal your new design! No design will be the same as another and different effects can be reached by combining the different methods mentioned above.  Have a good time!

About the Author:
Amanda Formaro is the entrepreneurial homeschooling mother of four children. She is also the owner of FamilyCorner.com Magazine at http://familycorner.com Subscribe to her free kid's craft newsletter, Busy Little Hands, by sending any email message to mailto:kidscrafts-on@mail-list.com