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Not So Lazy Days: Tie dyed and blue all over

Updated on September 1, 2011
Tie-dyed t-shirts dry.
Tie-dyed t-shirts dry. | Source

Arts & Crafts

In preparation for Independence Day events, I thought the kids would like to make patriotic blue tie dye shirts to wear Monday.

In our backyard, the boys rubber banded their white t-shirts as I got the dye bath ready. When their shirts were ready, I placed them in the dye, knowing the boys would turn into Smurfs if I let them near the dye.

Stirring occassionally, I let the shirts sit for 30-40 minutes, then briefly put them in a bath of cold water to rinse them. Instead of using gloves, as the dye directions recommend, I reused plastic shopping bags.

After letting them sit in the shade for about an hour to dry a little, I carefully removed the rubber bands and hung the shirts on a shaded line outside to continue drying.

The directions on the dye box actually say to wash in warm water before drying, but I think waiting to wash for about 24 hours helps the color set in better.

After I placed the shirts on the clothesline, the boys saw their completed art for the first time and were amazed by their creations.

Costs for this project were: t-shirts at $2.50 each (4 for $10 deal), rubber bands at $1.99, and powder dye at $2.99. I already had salt for the dye bath on hand.

About the Not So Lazy Days series

I've challenged myself to find a new activity to do five days a week every week of the kids' summer vacation. Activities will fall under one of three categories: Arts & Crafts, Sports & Games or Field Trips. Follow me on Twitter @readallaboutsam for immediate updates on posts!


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      Samantha Sinclair 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks! I did get comments on Facebook when I shared each originally. I've been thinking about compiling the series into some sort of a book.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's a clever series you've written about activities. I'm a bit disappointed there are no comments because this is a creative idea about creative ideas. :)