One of my favorite summer pastimes is tie-dying tee shirts!
Every summer I gather up the kids and head to the arts-and-crafts store. We fill the bin with armfuls of crafty fun things to do on those long summer days. I pick things I know will keep the kid entertained for a while. What always ends up in the bin are tie-dye kits. My kids love creating these shirts that they wear all year long to remind them of those relaxing summer days.
This year we used the dip-dye technique to make this adorable watermelon design and it turned out so cute, you might want to eat it!
It’s actually much simpler than regular tie dying and it took far less time to do! Instead of buying those pre-fab tie-dying kits just pick up actual fabric dye. It may be in the same isle at the store but not placed in a cute summer eye-catching package. It may also be a bit less expensive too.
Then use any white clothing item you desire. We love the dress but we also used a tank and socks that turned out just as cute.
Try a baby onsie and I am sure you’d have an adorable little outfit for summer that everyone will be googly eyed over.
Here is what you’ll need:
- Fabric Dye in Red, Fuchsia (to mix and get the perfect shade of watermelon) & Dark Green to emulate the rind
- White cotton garment of choice
- Two large bowls or buckets
- Warm water
- Black Fabric Marker
- Rubber gloves
How to make:
- Start by mixing 1/4 bottle of Red & 1/4 Bottle of Fuchsia Dye to 3 gallons of warm water (the dye will set in quicker with hotter water)
- Then mix 1/2 bottle of the green dye in separate bowl or bucket to 3 gallons of warm water
- Use plastic or rubber gloves to protect hands from staining and simply dip the portion of the garment into the pink mixture approximately 3/4 of the way up the garment
- Then dip the other side into the green mixture
- Let both sides soak for about 3 minutes or until you’ve reached the desired shade (remember the color will fade slightly in the wash)
- Then carefully ring out both sides not getting any splatters on the opposing sides
- Lay out to dry in grass (or surface that will not stain easily) for about an hour
- Then wash separately in cold water
- Dry in regular cycle
- Then add the little watermelon seeds with a fabric marker
Since fabric dye and tie-dying can get messy, I recommend doing this outside away from anything you don’t want to get stained. Add some sunshine and a couple of slices of fresh watermelon for a perfect summer afternoon!
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