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A 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 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.
- Permanent markers
- 90%+ isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
- Eye dropper, pipette, or spray bottle
- White t-shirts (washed and dried)
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- Let your design dry.
- If you would like, now is the type to use a black permanent marker to outline your designs or add features.
- Set the design with heat, by ironing with a paper towel or rag over the fabric to protect your iron from the ink.
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!