May 30, 2013

Tie Dye Your Summer

When I used to think of tie dye, I had this vision of a huge steaming pot on the stove with tongs and lots of shirts, etc.  From what I had seen, it was a complicated process.  However, once I tried the Tulip tie dye kit a couple of years ago, I was really excited to know that it's actually a super simple process now.  I think this is the first thing I ever tie dyed (which was 2 years ago).  Since then I've dyed a few things.

Well tie dye is big again - especially with the ombre rage.  In fact, Tulip just launched a web site all about tie dying - including a sweet giveaway for a iPad mini, with a tie dye skin, and supplies for your own tie dye party.

The other day the boys and I decided to have our own tie dye party.  We got out our kits and went to work.

The kit comes with rubber bands, gloves, and this bottle (which already has the color in it).  You just fill it to the line with water and you're in business.  See?  I told you it was crazy easy.

The kits have lots of ideas in them as well, along with instructions on how to do each design.

Naturally, Rex wanted to make an Ironman one.  So we cinched up a circle in the front and put a rubber band on it.  Then I let him squirt the dye all over the rest of the shirt.

For Baden's we tried the bullseye with three colors.  He actually squirted the dye himself and his shirt turned out really cool.

Here are our final tees.

The giveaway Tulip is doing (for an iPad mini, a tie dye skin for it, and supplies for your own tie dye party) is almost ready to end, but you can still enter.  There are TWO ways to win and you can find out the details HERE on the contest page.  You can actually enter to win right here using the Rafflecopter below.

Thanks for dropping in.


  1. Very cool! Will have to try that this summer! Was wondering how easy or tricky it was.

  2. This would be such a fun little craft for the summer. I might have to try this with Easton.

  3. I've just put tie dye party of my list of fun things to do this summer. This type of activity would be fun for girls and boys and even those non crafty boys like my son. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. super cool shirts! I will definitely have to try this sometime!

  5. We just spent 2 days volunteering at school tie dying shirts for every kid at our school. BTW there's about 100 kids. I've used tulip brand at home, but dharma trading Procyon dyes are THE best.

  6. Aww man --- my kids grew up in that time span when tie dye was too much work and too weird. I hope as teens they aren't too old --- Mama still likes to play with color! LOL

  7. Aww man --- my kids grew up in that time span when tie dye was too much work and too weird. I hope as teens they aren't too old --- Mama still likes to play with color! LOL

  8. Have you washed them? What I hate about tie dye is losing all the color in the wash. Not sure what I do wrong...

    1. I've washed both shirts at least 3 times and haven't had any fading. I also didn't have a problem with other things I've dyed. The instructions say how long to wait before washing and I just followed that.


  9. Thanks so much for posting this! My five year old and I had a blast this afternoon tie-dying a shirt for her, and one to send to her big sister for her birthday. She is so excited!
    ~ Tasha


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