Tie Dye

I am a stay at home dad.  I have probably mentioned that 1,000 times.  But with summer coming up, I decided I was going to need some super fun ideas to keep the girls entertained.  I figured we would give tie dying a try!!

I’m totally super smart when it comes to tie dying.  I watched a YouTube video, I bought a whole kit, read the instruction manual…I got this.  We decided to go with the spiral technique.  It looks nice, and apparently is pretty easy.  I had a really hard time getting the t-shirts bundled.  My enormous man hands couldn’t wrap the tiny girls shirts as easily as I had anticipated.  But I got it!!

It turns out, as with most crafts that I try to do, it’s 90% prep and clean up, 10% doing it.  It took a while to get the dye mixed with the water, get my tarp out, get everyone in clothes that could get destroyed, all of it.  And about five minutes actually coloring shirts.

But we got it done.  That’s the important thing.  The girls had a blast picking their own colors and spraying dye everywhere.  EVERYWHERE.  Luckily, I had my tarp.  My daughters hands will be stained for days.  But again, I don’t care.  They were so excited.  The instructions said to wait 24 hours to undo the rubber bands from the shirts.  Every hour or so, they would ask if it were time to wear their shirts.  I have to admit, I really wanted to see them too.  To see if I ruined them, or got them right.

Shirts Dyed

Shirts Dyed

Here we go!  Taking the bundles off.  They will love them no matter what, but I’m gonna be pissed if I screwed this up.  I am a bit of a perfectionist with stuff like this and I want to make sure it’s right.  Gotta see what happens.

Alright so… I’n not… THRILLED.  I guess for our first time, it could have been a lot worse.  I was right the girls love them and can’t wait to wear them.  They’re gonna want to do this again, so I need to find a different patter that I can master.  Apparently tie dying takes more than one attempt to get right.



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