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Tie Dye T-Shirt | DIY > Craft

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Tie dye is a work of art, there are not two t-shirts exactly alike. It has been ages since I first attempted to tie dye a shirt as a school project and I truly enjoyed it. Days after, I went to a family gathering and proudly wore my shirt… And I stood out! What are you waiting for? Gather your plain boring shirts and turn them into colorfully cool canvas!  This groovy tee is a surefire way to stand out from the crowd.

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MATERIALS

  • White T-shirt (preferably cotton)
  • Tie-dye ink kit or just several colors of Venus dye
  • Table salt
  • Large zip plastic bags or Food plastic wraps
  • Squirt bottles or water bottles
  • Rubber bands
  • Water (to add to the ink bottles)
  • A spray bottle of water (helpful to dampen shirts before applying ink)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels or rags (for spills)

INSTRUCTIONS

A. Preparing the dye

  1. Empty a sachet of Venus dye in a 200 ml size glass
  2. Add 3 tea-spoon of table salt.
  3. Fill the glass with boiling water.
  4. Stir the solution and let it sit for at least 5 minutes (make sure that the water is not too hot before you transfer the solution to the Squirt/Water Bottle because it might melt).
  5. Transfer the solution to the bottles and shake well.

B. Tye dying the T-Shirt

  1. Place the shirt on a smooth, flat surface.
  2. Pull the shirt from the center (parallel to the armpit) and twist/swirl in one direction so the entire shirt forms a flattened disc shape that looks a rose.
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  3. Tie the shirt with four to six  rubber bands in a crisscross overlapping pattern which will give you six wedges or quadrants of fabric.
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  4. Squeeze ink onto the sections (depends on the pattern that you decide to follow). tdye005
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  5. Once you’ve finished dying, place each shirt in a sealed plastic bag for 24 hours to allow the ink to set and the colors to become vibrant.
  6. Rinsing: After 24 hours, remove the shirt from the bag and rinse it in cold water until the water runs clear of the dye.
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Finished product:

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