My son got a tie-dye kit for his birthday this year - and I was impressed at how quickly and simply we made some fun t-shirts for the kids!
What you need:
- Shirt in your child's size; Walmart or craft stores sell them for under $5
- Tie dye (you don't need a whole kit, you can buy just the dyes in bottles separately)
- Gloves to keep dye off your hands
- Elastic bands
- Plastic sheet or garbage bag
Lay the t-shirt out flat, and pick it up by the centre of the front. Attach a rubber band leaving about an inch exposed. Then align the rest of the shirt into a tube (as pictured) and attach elastic bands at intervals. Wherever you have the rubber bands, the dye will not penetrate (or not as much), so this is what makes the starburst pattern.
Let kids help and experiment with squeezing the different dye colours onto their shirts. You can get fancy with patterns but in my experience you can't really go wrong just letting kids enjoy the process. There is no 'right' way for a tie dye shirt to look - they are all unique!
Let the shirts sit out in the sun to let the dye set. We left ours for a few hours, then, opened them up and hung them to dry - then we got to see the amazing patterns we'd created!
What says summer better?