Groovy, baby! You might think that tie dye is just for hippies, but think again. You can take a more popular tie dye method, or you could try your hand at traditional Japanese shibori tie dye! This quick and easy craft technique can help you turn a boring white t-shirt into a work of art. You don’t even need a plain t-shirt either – you can use any old shirt that you have hiding in the back of your closet. Instead of throwing away clothes or heading to the mall, use what you have and tie dye clothes at home.
Tie dye is also great because there are almost no rules – you can design your own look so it’s completely unique and unexpected. With just rubber bands and some dye, you can really make an impression. This is also a seriously fun and inexpensive way to get the kids outside. Turn off the TV and head out to the backyard – you’ll make cool wearable crafts and create lasting memories at the same time.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite tie dye crafts and techniques to inspire your summer crafts. Round up the kids, grab your supplies and head outside – just don’t forget your sunscreen!
Tie Dye Techniques
First, you need to master a few tie dye techniques. Luckily, there are plenty of methods for you to learn. From bullseye to crumple, you can create your own tie dye crafts in a number of unexpected ways. When you head out to work on your projects, try a few different techniques. Tie dye is meant to be messy and imperfect, so if your piece doesn’t come out exactly perfect, it’s perfectly fine. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, try a different technique on each item of recycled clothing. By the time your done crafting, you’ll have a ton of unique looking wearables.
Tie Dye Craft Projects
Now that you’ve mastered the art of tie dye, it’s time to get down to work! Did you know that you can tie dye everything from t-shirts to socks? Well, you can. You can also tie dye canvas bags, bandanas and onesies. Whether you want to make something for yourself or want to add a handmade touch to a baby shower gift, you can’t go wrong with tie dye craft projects. Kids will also love customizing their own items, so let them try a few tie dye techniques on their own (just provide some adult supervision).
BONUS! Looking for even more fun summer crafts and techniques? Check out 47 Tie Dye Craft Projects and How to Tie Dye.
What’s your favorite summer craft?