You guys, we tie dyed! As a family! I've been wanting to do this together for years! And of course as I start looking for inspiration... well, I was inspired, and would love to do this every day (shh, don't tell the husband - he thought it was too messy).
I documented this fully so we could learn from it, plus who doesn't love the SURPRISE! aspect of tie dye?
So here's how it went down:
I bought this kit from Amazon. Great reviews, and came with soda ash, so it seemed pretty legit. I haven't tie dyed in years, but the kids have gone to a couple tie dye parties where the colors basically wash out after. I didn't want that to happen. I wanted to buy from Dharma trading, and will probably do so next time, but this time I wanted the classic three colors, plus Amazon prime free shipping...
So the boys and I watched some youtube videos and the instructional DVD, and everyone picked a style to try. Oh, and I bought some plain white bandannas to mess with, too (and extra rubber bands!).
I had found two old tshirts (one long-sleeved) that I no longer wear, that's why I have two. I had to buy everyone else's shirts. They are prewashed, and we dampened them before folding.
I had hoped to find wire cooling racks cheap at the dollar store but instead found these weird foil trays with holes in them. Not as good (still collected some dye) but better than nothing!.
I made sure the kids were in junky clothes or at least pj's, and ONE AT
A TIME they came out and dyed their shirts (I've never understood this
as a group project for kids - yikes!).
The redhead's dyed shirt:
plan for the husband's shirt was to wait till everyone was done, then
mix up all the leftover dye. But he just wanted it over, and started
dying his at the same time as Monkey. Look how carefully Monkey is
dying - he did awesome.
It was HOT and the sun was blaring, but that makes for some vibrant photos!
Yeah, so husband said that tie-dying is like deep-frying: awesome, but not worth doing yourself. I disagree, but said nothing. ;)
forgot whose bandannas were whose, so those got randomly dyed. When
everyone else was done I dumped the red and blue together (more blue,
obviously) in the bucket, didn't mix them, and tossed my 'brain'
(random) shirt in their to soak.
It got super saturated, which was awesome.
The video said 12-24 hours, and I made it ...21 or 22? Not too shabby, Kirsten!
Then I rinsed them. For a LONG time. No photos, just imagine a rainbow puking in our bathtub. That's what it looked like. After they were rinsing not SUPER dark, I'd call the kid whose shirt it was up to see the rubber bands taken off. Cuz that's the payoff. And they loved it.
hung them just so everyone could see (we had a little 'art gallery')
and take photos of them in case too much color washed out.
LOVE how my attempt at a double V turned out! Not a V at all, but awesome.
These two would be perfect spirals if we would have remembered to dye them right.
and the Girl's. I wanted to do 'traditional' primary colors + patterns
this go round. I think for things I actually want to wear, though, random + monochromatic is the way to go! The Girl is wearing hers off
to camp today.
here's Monkey's - he is so excited to wear it! He'll be able to wear
the redheads soon enough, too - Target was out of white shirts in their
sizes, so I did the cheap Hobby Lobby ones, which of course, shrunk.
Then I threw everything in the washer. I experimented and put a WHITE towel in with them, along with two color catchers (color catchers
are amazing, and yes, Jennifer O. I will TOTALLY need some for that
Hawaiian quilt!). The towel came out very nearly perfect (a drop or two
of blue), and the color catchers were both DARK indigo. That blue
shirt I did will probably be washed with one of those next time, too
-but I'm confident the rest are good to go!
Folded like this it kinda looks like they washed out a lot - it's just how they're folded, i think, though they aren' t as vibrant as when they're wet, of course. They must have washed out a little, though - the girl didn't recognize hers! (it's still cool).
And now I'm seriously considering dying some curtains (scrunch + grey) ... But 108" curtains WOULD be messy...
SO much fun!
(For the record, the kit says it dyes "up to 15 shirts". For us it dyed 4 adult shirts, 2 kid shirts, and some bandannas.)