How to Make Starburst/Tie Dye Pattern Stationery

The finished starburst/tie dye art.
The finished starburst/tie dye art.

This is my take on an art project I learned in second grade. I like to turn my starburst/tie dye print into stationery, but you can do whatever you like with this. I call this project starburst/tie dye because it reminds me of tie dye shirts, but I actually prefer to call it starbursts because that is what my second grade teacher called it. My second grade teacher introduced this art activity because she wanted something colorful, easy, and less messy than the weekly painting. This project is very easy and simple for anyone to complete. The following steps will help you create a unique and special piece of art.

Start with a blank piece of paper
Start with a blank piece of paper
Choose the colors you want for your pattern.
Choose the colors you want for your pattern.
Make the first starbust/firework shape.
Make the first starbust/firework shape.
Go around it with the next color.
Go around it with the next color.
Add the next several colors.
Add the next several colors.
Keep adding more colors.
Keep adding more colors.
Keep going around and adding colors.
Keep going around and adding colors.
Continue to add color as you reach the edges of the paper.
Continue to add color as you reach the edges of the paper.
Put the finishing touches are your piece of art.
Put the finishing touches are your piece of art.
Flip over your art project and write a letter on the back.  You can even decorate the envelope with the same pattern if you wish.
Flip over your art project and write a letter on the back. You can even decorate the envelope with the same pattern if you wish.

Tips and Suggestions:

  • I like to use markers because they are vibrant, but they tend to bleed through. For me this is okay because I like the natural effects, but if you do not like this you might want to use colored pencils or crayons instead.
  • Two or more colors can be used for this project.
  • Vary the patterns and try whatever you like.
  • Kids can hang their art on the fridge and this will make them feel special.
  • My mom always used to have us hang our art work on the fridge, which made us feel great.
  • Stationery, pictures, etc, you decide what to do with this project.

I hope you enjoy this craft and remember it is easy enough for anyone to try. Each starburst/tie dye project will look special and unique.

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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

So simple to do for even the younger children and should keep them quiet at the same time. thanks for that.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you for stopping by and making nice comment Eileen.


belle nery, phils 7 years ago

Thank you for sharing with us your starburst project. I needed all the inputs i can get for the party i'm planning to arrange this november. God bless


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

belle nery, phils,

I hope you enjoy this project as it is something I remember doing foundly as a child. I learned how to make this project in second grade back in 1986, but I have put my own spin on it.


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betherickson 7 years ago from Minnesota

nice idea! very creative. I'm going to intruduce this to my nephew. I'm sure she'll like it!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for stopping by and commenting betherickson. I so appreciate it :).


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Cherish77 7 years ago

I do mine with crayons, also I do it with names, I do this when I am really bored, or just feel like coloring.lol.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Crayons sound like a fun way to do this. I hope you do anyother hub soon Cherish!


Noa 7 years ago

Thank you! This is great! I made one today and I realy like the outcome!! Thank you for sharing!!

Noa


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I am so glad to hear you enjoyed this project Noa! Some people complain this project takes too long to make, but who says you have to make it all at once :). I think the outcome is well worth it.


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

SweetiePie,

This one is perfect for entertaining people. I could see getting a group together and making this project over coffee or kool aid. The simplicity lends itself to a social occasion where you would be able to converse while also participating in the craft and sharing markers as you work. Nice job here.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

C.S. Alexis,

That is a good idea I have never thought of. We did this in second grade and shared crayons, but I just felt like markers work better when I did it as an adult. Yes sharing markers to make this during a get together would be most fun.


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

I liked the way this project turned out and the simplicity of it all, believe it or not it takes a considerable skill to make a uniform colour ring marker stroke like the ones you have done, I would like to do something like this, but would maybe try and make the many shades of colours look like they blend into each other because that's just the kind of funny guy I am...I can feel a hubpage of my own happening inspired by this one!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

That sounds like a really neat hub project you have there, and I would love to see it.


sophwall97 7 years ago

I had a go earlier today- and it turned out really good! I used the colours: Red, Orange, Yellow, LGreen, DGreen, DBlue & Purple- It looked lovely. Plz check out my hubs :)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Sophwall,

Sounds like a pretty color combo. I will definitely take a look at your hubs.

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