DIY Tie-Dye

Summer is approaching quickly, so say goodbye to those heavy sweaters, scarfs, and puffy winter jackets. It’s time to pull out all your tank tops, rompers, sundresses, and shorts. Personally, summer has always been one of my favorite seasons, simply because the clothes are just so much cuter. My outfits always feel so much more complete during the summer months and I just feel way more confident. In my opinion, nothing screams summer like tie-dye. Sure you can go out and buy some tie-dye shirt, but where’s the fun in that? Embrace the summer spirit, get a little dirty & do it yourself!

What You’ll Need:

  • Dye (either powered or premade, it’s up to you!)
  • Plastic Squeeze Bottles
  • Rubber Bands (a lot of them!)
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Plastic Bags
  • Plastic Tablecloths or Trash Bags
  • Clothing You Want To Dye


  1. First things first, soak the item that you want to dye in water. Dye sticks best to a garment that’s a little damp. So you’re going to want to completely soak the garment, and then ring it out.
  2. Mix your dye! If it’s powdered dye, the instructions should be right there on the bottle. It’s as simple as mixing water and the powder – you can do this right in the plastic squeeze bottles.
  3. Tie up your garment – there are plenty of designs online that you can copy. My personal favorite is the spiral; it took me a few times to master, but it’s not that complicated. Get creative here; you don’t have to follow a particular design!
  4. Time to dye! Put on your gloves here, please! You don’t want to be walking around with tie dyed hands for days (I know from experience!) Go crazy using your dyes that you made and most importantly, great creative!
  5. After your done dyeing, let your garment sit in a plastic bag for 24 hours.
  6. The next day, run your garment under cold water, until the water run clears. I suggest not taking the rubber bands off until after the water run clears to ensure that not extra dye bleeds into the white areas.

Now you’re all ready to go! Let your shirt hang dry, and then you’ll all set to wear it. One of the most important things to remember is to wash your garment separately for the first few times after you wear it – some dye might bleed out still and you definitely don’t want to ruin any of your other clothes! Tie Dyeing is super easy and fun -go grab some friends and enjoy!


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