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Summer Crafts for Kids: Easy "Tie Dye T-shirts" | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsA Fun Summer Camp Craft

When I was young, a popular summer camp craft was to make tie dye t-shirts. Unfortunately, real tie dye is a messy and laborious process. These days, however, there is no need for boiling vats of dye. You can achieve tie dye effects using permanent markers instead. It’s so much easier and less messy!

Summer Crafts for Kids: Easy "Tie Dye T-shirts" | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsSummer Craft Time is Also Summer Snack Time

During the summer, we usually take a break from homeschooling and instead we go into “summer camp” mode. Sometimes this means that we have crafting marathon sessions with a group of Sola’s friends. When we do that, I like to set up a good selection of snacks so that everyone can focus on having fun without anyone getting hangry. I like to keep the snacks wholesome, but easy to prepare and eat, and kid-friendly too. So, I create snack trays with a variety of foods like fruits, vegies, Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzels, kid-friendly dips, cheese cubes, nuts, and chocolate covered raisins.
Summer Crafts for Kids: Easy "Tie Dye T-shirts" | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Supplies:

  • Permanent markers
  • 90%+ isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
  • Eye dropper, pipette, or spray bottle
  • White t-shirts (washed and dried)

Directions:

  • Put a large piece of cardboard inside the shirt to protect the back of your shirt and to stretch the shirt tight, which makes it easier to draw on.

Summer Crafts for Kids: Easy "Tie Dye T-shirts" | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • Draw a design on your shirt. If you are going for more of a true tie dye appearance, just make large dots of ink in circle shapes on your shirt. If you are trying for more of the “water color paining” look that we achieved on some of our shirts, you will want to draw an actual design. If you are going for the water color look, make sure you fill in your design completely and go over it twice (if you want a black outline on your design, do that part later)

Summer Crafts for Kids: Easy "Tie Dye T-shirts" | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • For the true tie dye look, use an eye dropper or pipette to drop rubbing alcohol on your design. The wetter you get your design, the more the ink will spread and look “tie dyed”. If you are trying for the watercolor look, use a spray bottle to apply a light mist of rubbing alcohol on your design and let it sit for a bit to see how it looks before adding any more rubbing alcohol. You can always go back and add more rubbing alcohol later, but you can’t undo it if you add too much.

Summer Crafts for Kids: Easy "Tie Dye T-shirts" | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • Let your design dry.

Summer Crafts for Kids: Easy "Tie Dye T-shirts" | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • If you would like, now is the type to use a black permanent marker to outline your designs or add features.

Summer Crafts for Kids: Easy "Tie Dye T-shirts" | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • Set the design with heat, by ironing with a paper towel or rag over the fabric to protect your iron from the ink.

Summer Crafts for Kids: Easy "Tie Dye T-shirts" | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Turning it Over to You

What do you think? Have you ever done “tie dye” using permanent markers? Do you do any crafting get togethers for your kids? Are you looking for good snack ideas for this summer? There’s lots of inspiration and a contest you can enter by sharing your snacking moment on Instagram or Twitter. Be sure to follow the hashtag #SnackSnapShare to find out if you won and to see everyone else’s entries!

#SnackSnapShare #Sweepstakes (5/30 to 7/25)

Here is the photo I would enter. It shows our summer snacking style. Craft, snack, and repeat often!

Summer Crafts for Kids: Easy "Tie Dye T-shirts" | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells