Summer Fun Project
I found a great idea for a project while looking through Pinterest, of course! 😉 I couldn’t just pass this great project up, so I had to try it for myself, and I must say this was a pretty easy project, and would be a great summer fun project to do with your kids! This is a great way to make your very own custom tie die shirt with out having to use a tie die kit or dies!
So here is what you are going to need for this project.
A white shirt
Plastic cup or cups
Cotton balls or a medicine dropper
So to get started on this project decide where you want to place your first tie die spot. Once you have decided where you are going to place your first one take your cup and place it on the inside of your shirt and secure your shirt to the cup with your rubber band.
At this point I want to share two tip with you that I found out the hard way. First, I did not have an office rubber band, only one that I use for my hair. Now at first I didn’t think this would be a problem until I started putting the rubber band over the next spot. What I found is that the sharpie bled on to the rubber band and it left marks on the shirt where I didn’t want marks. Second, when you are choosing your colors make sure that you remember that complimenting color will turn brown when they mix. So I tried to not use colors like orange and blue next to each other.
So once you have your rubber band in place the fun can begin. Pick a few colors and draw a design in the middle of your circle. I wouldn’t make your design too big, the other blog suggested keeping it the size a quarter, but I did mine a bit bigger and I like the way that it turned out.
Once I had my design drawn out I took a cotton ball and dipped it into the alcohol and let it drip on to the shirt. Now if you have a medicine dropper or an eye dropper you could use them for this step. I, however, didn’t have either of those and didn’t want to go out and buy one. I found that the cotton ball worked pretty well! I dropped a few drops on to the shirt and watched the colors spread. Then I decided if it needed a bit more alcohol to make the colors bleed more. Once the colors are done bleeding it should look something like this.
Once the bleeding has stopped carefully remove the rubber band and cup. I kept my hand behind the new design for a few minutes, blowing on it to help it dry. I didn’t want it to lay on the back of the shirt because it will just continue to bleed onto the back of your shirt. Now just keep moving you cup around randomly making your desired design on the shirt.
Remember you can make each design different to give your shirt a neat look.
Once I had all my circles done I hung up the shirt, and after staring at it for days, I decided that I needed to add a little something to it. So I grabbed a few of my shabby flowers in coordinating colors and sewed them to the shirt. I loved the way that it turned out!
I hope that this post has inspired you as much as it did me. Add it to your list of must do Summer Fun Projects to do with your kids!!