How to: Tie Dye with Food Coloring

Get in on this bright and bold look to spread positivity!

If you’ve been spending any time on social media over the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen something tie dyed at least once. Get in on this trend to create your own comfy at home looks.

STEP 1:

Choose your preferred clothing item! We recommend a white shirt (you can also re-use). In a large bowl, mix one part water with one part vinegar until there is enough liquid in the bowl to soak your fabric. Soak for 1 HOUR.

 

STEP 2:

Take your item out of the vinegar soak and wring it out. Rubber band your item so it is ready to be dyed.

TYING TECHNIQUES
– Swirl
– Polka Dot
– Heart
– Crumble

Find out how to do these fun techniques HERE.

STEP 3:

Re-use an old water bottle with a squeeze cap to mix your tie dye.

TO MAKE THE DYE:

  • Fill the water bottle with a 1/2 cup of water and approximately 8 drops of food coloring.
  •  Use a different water bottle for each color of tie dye you make.

 

Step 4: 

Use latex gloves and get ready to start playing with your tie dye mix!

TIPS WHEN TIE DYING

  • Squirt a generous amount of dye onto your project
  • Allow portions a moment to soak in before adding more dye
  • Get creative and don’t forget to flip over + repeat

STEP 5:

Wrap your design in plastic wrap or enclose in a ziplock bag to let the dye set. Let sit for at least 8 HOURS, or overnight to ensure the food coloring dye sets.

WASH AND WEAR
Rinse your shirt in the sink with cold water until the water runs clear. Make sure you wash the shirt separately for the first three washes so the dye doesn’t stain your other clothes. Also note that food coloring is not as permanent as regular tie dye and will fade over time.

Let’s tie dye!

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