We had so much fun this weekend doing easy tie dye for the entire family! The girls have been begging to dye t shirts, and I was able to purchase blank white tees for us at A.C. Moore on sale. I bought a tie dye kit in bright funky colors like hot pink, lime, electric blue, orange and purple, which I knew the girls would enjoy more than the usual red, blue and yellow dye kits. It was surprisingly cheap… I was expecting to have to spend quite a bit more to get the colors we were wanting.
Once we got started, we added in a couple of baby kimono tees and onesies, a white bassinet sheet, and two white waffle weave cotton baby blankets ~ might as well let Baby Girl have beautifully dyed clothing as well!
We followed the easy tie dye instructions for folding the tees and other items in various ways to create patterns, secured them with rubber bands and covered the patio table with plastic garbage bags. This looked like it might just be a huge mess, if we weren’t careful.
Lakin chose a polka-dot pattern for one of her shirts, so she gathered up 11 “nipples” (she’s turning 11 soon!) and carefully applied purple dye to the gathered portions. We dyed the background of the top half lime green, and the bottom half electric blue. This came out beautifully… she loves this shirt!
It took quite a while to dye everything that we had assembled, and it was definitely a messy project… but so much fun! We let everything sit for several hours and then began the (very lengthy) washing and wringing out process. Once that was done — and it took a solid hour, with both David and I taking turns — then we ran everything through the washing machine and dryer.
Next came the very best part… the unveiling! We ended up with a red/purple baby blanket, a bassinet sheet in reds/oranges, a rainbow shirt for David, two shirts each for Lakin and Addah, two baby onesies, and two baby kimono tees.
My personal favorite is the rainbow spiral baby blanket. I can’t wait to wrap Baby Girl up in this beautifully soft rainbow!
This was an awesome family craft project, hands down, and we will definitely be repeating it in the future!