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Tye Dye Projects

Easy Projects

Basic Bulls Eye

  • White T shirt tank top or cotton dress
  • 2 rubber bands
  • 3 colors powdered dye
  • 3 squeeze bottles
  • Soda ash (if required)
  • Plastic bag
  • Scissors
Lay garment on a flat surface. Grasp the center of the garment (front and back) through both layers and wrap first rubber band tightly about 2 inches from center. Wrap another rubber band 2 inches farther away. (Where you place the rubber band determines the width between colors).
Wearing rubber gloves mix the dye following instructions on dye package. Carefully put different color dye in each squeeze bottle. Shake well to mix.
Over a plastic sheet carefully squeeze one of the dye colors on center of shirt, squirt into crevices and folds. Apply different color dye to another area. Finally apply last color dye to last area. You may leave the largest area of the garment white. Place project into plastic bag. Seal and let set for about 2-3 hours.
Remove garment from bag. Rinse one section of colored area at a time. Avoid having dye run into other areas if possible. Remove rubber bands. Lay garment flat to dry or place in dryer with old towel.


Using the same project above - here is an even easier way to simplify your first project.

  • Use either one or two colors for your first attempt. Tie garment as instructed above (or add rubber bands to any area of the garment at your discretion).

  • Mix dye in individual buckets. Remember - wear gloves and cover work area.

  • Dip the garment into one color dye. You may dip all of the garment or parts of the garment.

  • Squeeze out excess dye mixture. Dip remaining portion in another color. If the two dyes mix there will be a color change. This is ok depending on the effect you are looking for.

  • Once garment is completely dyed. Remove from dye. Place in plastic bag to set. Once set remove rubber bands and let dry flat.

Note: Remember each project is your individual work of art. You may use any color dye. Mix and match colors. Add as many ties as you wish. Place ties as you wish. After a few tries this becomes very personal and very much your work of art! Have the kids place the ties for their own personal touch.

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