Tie Dye T-Shirt | DIY > Craft


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.



  • 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)


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.
  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.
  4. Squeeze ink onto the sections (depends on the pattern that you decide to follow). tdye005
  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.

Finished product:



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