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Easy Tie Dye with Kids

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Summer is the perfect time for easy tie dye with kids with a simple tie dye kit. Kids can tie dye anything from shirts to bags to sheets!

Make DIY tie dye ANYTHING with this easy tutorial for kids on how to tie dye.  Perfect for boring summer days or for a party.

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During my college years I worked as a camp counselor at a YMCA camp in northern Kentucky.  One year I was a counselor for tweens and we tie dyed every week with the campers. I got pretty good at tie dying, but hadn’t done it in decades.   So one lazy summer day, we decided to tie dye!

Tie Dye Party Pack

It used to be tricky to tie dye using clothing dyes and a little guess work. But these days, you can purchase actual kits that make tie dye easy.

We picked up two different color assortments.  Each pack makes 10 shirts so this would be great for a neighborhood project or a slumber party.

Tie Dye

You can pretty much tie dye anything that is plain white. Tee shirts are the most popular, but the possibilities are endless. We found a bunch of different tote bags to tie dye and got two mediums and one large.

Summer Crafts

To put our own spin on the project, the kids found iron on patches of their favorite Disney characters to personalize their bags.

Summer Crafts

The directions in the tie dye party packs are excellent.  We did our tie dying in the kitchen, but I would have preferred to do it outside.  We just don’t really have anywhere good to work that had water access outside.

Summer Craft

Start by getting the item you are tie dying damp.  Then you just start rolling and folding and rubber banding.  Different techniques result in different patterns and again, the include instructions were excellent to show you how to fold and roll your bag for your desired result.

Summer Craft

To make the dye, you just add water to the line on the bottle and shake. MAKE SURE TO WEAR THE INCLUDED GLOVES! The dye will come off eventually, but it’s just better to wear the gloves.

I laid our bags out on a covered work area and we set to work dying.  You roll your finished work up in plastic wrap and let it sit for at least 4-6 hours, but I let ours sit overnight.

I followed the directions on the instructions and rinsed the bags the next morning and then washed them with a small amount of laundry soap.

Easy tie dye with kids is a fun DIY craft for hot summer days. Tie dye anything for unique projects.

I bought the two packages of different colors or tie dye so we had boy and girl colors, but my son wanted his to be the same color as his sister but with Lightening McQueen.  I went light on the pink and tried to go heavy on the blue and green!  We pleated this bag before dying for stripes.

Summer craft

For this bag we went with a circle motif and followed the example in the instructions. I love how it turned out!  After we washed the bags and let them dry, we ironed on our Disney characters.

The kids are so excited to use their bags as library bags this summer.

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  • Theresa
    June 13, 2013

    I love how your bag turned out. We did a tie dye project too. It was so much fun! I bet Ella loves it. Hope this finds you well. Theresa

    • Camille
      June 13, 2013

      Theresa! Thanks for dropping by. I owe you an email – I haven’t forgotten! 😉

  • Leslie Lambert
    June 13, 2013

    What a cute summer project…kids would just love this! This would be great to link-up to my Create It Thursday post…it’s live now!

  • Gina
    June 12, 2013

    I was just looking at these dyes yesterday! My girls and I have been experimenting with acrylic paint on fabric, and are ready for the dyes. They would love to make their own bag! Thanks for this tutorial. It’s just nice to have pictures and see how someone else did it. 🙂

    I saw you on JAQS Studio party. I posted on there as well. I’d love for you to visit my blog @

    • Camille
      June 12, 2013

      I was a tad worried about using dyes with my 4 and 6 year old! We did one at a time under very close supervision and it was still a bit stressful, but we love how the bags came out so it was worth it!

  • Amanda
    May 31, 2013

    Too stinkin’ cute!!