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
- Empty a sachet of Venus dye in a 200 ml size glass
- Add 3 tea-spoon of table salt.
- Fill the glass with boiling water.
- 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).
- Transfer the solution to the bottles and shake well.
B. Tye dying the T-Shirt
- Place the shirt on a smooth, flat surface.
- 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.
- Tie the shirt with four to six rubber bands in a crisscross overlapping pattern which will give you six wedges or quadrants of fabric.
- Squeeze ink onto the sections (depends on the pattern that you decide to follow).
- 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.
- Rinsing: After 24 hours, remove the shirt from the bag and rinse it in cold water until the water runs clear of the dye.