We’ve been getting all kinds of creative in the Manz home these past few weeks. The girls love anything arts and crafts related. During this time in quarantine we’ve painted canvases, built dollhouses out of old shoe boxes, made thank you signs for the essentials workers, baked and cooked all kinds of different recipes, and they even made these fun cut out crowns for me for Mother’s Day this past Sunday. Our latest project, a trend that seems like it’s here to stay…TIE DYE! My kids love all things tie dye, so I thought we would spend an afternoon session crafting.
I purchased this tie dye kit from Amazon, along with these fun tanks, and masks. First rule of advice is, have everything ready before you start. I’m not going to sugar coat any of this when I say…this project is VERY messy! Our kit came with gloves, rubber bands, a drop sheet, and the dye was already in bottles and only needed water to be added. I laid out a garbage bag for each station and made sure we rubber banded everything we were going to use beforehand that way you are not going back and forth from clean garments to dying. I also had ziplock bags ready for when they were done coloring, they could just put them in there.
The box says the garments should sit 6-8 hours before rinsing. I like a lighter color, rather than deep colors, so I rinsed out our projects after four hours. Tip: before washing your garments, take off the rubber bands and rinse them out fully before putting them into the washing machine. Add a little laundry detergent and use the hot water setting for washing.
The kids were beyond thrilled with the outcome of their creations, and now are pulling out more plain white tees out of their drawers to color for our next session. The tie dyed masks were such a huge hit, they were so proud to wear them outside yesterday during our walk.