I L O V E tie dye…but it takes a long time and it is very messy!
S T E P S:
1: make a design on your t-shirt with permanent markers
2: drip rubbing alcohol over design we used a pencil eraser and a chop stick…an actual eye dropper would be great or even a spray bottle!
3: Let dry for about 30 minutes.
We did some experiments.
We were trying to decide what technique gave the best tie dye effect:
Experiment #1: Exhibit A- Dots v. Exhibit B-Lines:
I like lines better! It looks more like tie dye!
Experiment #2: Flat v. Ribbed Shirt
flat t-shirt – dot technique ribbed tank top- line technique
Results: Using the line technique and a flat t-shirt work best for normal tie dye effect!
happy crafting 🙂
Comments & Reviews
Julie Briggs says
Thank you for sharing – #HomeMattersParty
Hubby has really been wanting to tye dye some of his shirts. But, we don’t have any of those specific materials. However, we do have everything that you used here! Actually, I have a ton of different colored sharpies! I’ll have to show him this! I have a feeling that I know what craft we’ll be doing this weekend! 😉
Jamie Dorobek says
Yay! Let me know how it turns out!!
This reminds me of when I was a kid, I would color coffee filters with magic markers and dip in water to make tie dye designs. My daughter is obsessed with sharpies, so I bet she would love this project!
If the shirt was a cotton/poly blend it will fade faster than 100% cotton. I hope this helps. I can’t wait to try this myself!
Janine Davis says
I tried this project with my grandson. We used sharpies and 90% alcohol. It was beautiful but when I washed it the inks faded a lot. I also heat set them before he wore it with an iron. What can I do different?
We made it!!
Michelle L. says
That is so cool and pretty! Love it.
Mrs Happy Homemaker says
Oh how COOL!! I've got to do this with my daughters soon! I'm sure they will think it's even cooler than I do!
I forgot about this, I did this in middle school and was obsessed with it!!
Those look neat! what a great summer project!!
elizabeth @ twelvecrafts says
Oooh so clever and creative! Love the colors.
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I love the tie dye idea. I have a daughter who is passionate about coloring on things with sharpies. Now we can do something constructive!
Oooooooooooooooooooh!! Another cool t-shirt idea!! Yeah – this is so awesome!!