It just stands to reason that I would make sure to include some crafty activities for the girls this summer. They enjoy it and we all know I do.
Our first big project this summer was tie dying some tank tops. I was a little unsure how well this would go over, especially with Zoe since she's only 4. I bought a kit (50% off coupon!) and some little boy undershirts. All in all, I spent about $16, and for 5 shirts, I figure that's not too bad. We tie dyed 4 of them and I have something else in mind for the other. A little experiment for later.
I pulled a few old tshirts out of the closet for clothing protection and we decided to go out in the backyard to do this on a tarp. I'm crazy enough to play with dye with the girls, but not crazy enough to try it indoors.
The kit came with instructions on several different types of tie dye, which I thought was great. And the bottles had the dye powder already in them, making for much less mess mixing than I had anticipated.
Olivia and Zoe both chose the swirl method. And the same 3 colors. ;)
Isabelle chose the bull's eye method and used all the colors.
Mine was a pleated method. Unfortunately, I don't have a finished picture of this, but trust me... it's a really cool effect. I used black and blue, since they were the least popular colors ;)
The girls did very well. They followed directions and were very patient. I was very impressed. We bagged the shirts up to sit for the recommended 6-8 hours and went about our business for the rest of the evening. After we got home from Vacation Bible School, I rinsed them out (don't be a dummy like me and think you can do this without gloves... I'm still slightly tinged blue) and washed them twice then dried them.
Here are the results!
Isabelle's bull's eye. I think it's really neat how the center looks like an eye.
Olivia's swirl. We need to work on saturation next time, but I like it.
Zoe's swirl. Not sure what's up with her face. Crazy kid.
I think they did an excellent job! They got a lot of nice comments today on them. We ran into a few Sheriff's Deputies at dinner and they complimented the girls. =) And they were a hit at VBS tonight.
They want to do more, and I'm sure we will. I bought 3 yards of white fabric and I'm thinking skirts next time. Maybe some socks. There's still a bunch of dye in the bottles (they loose their intensity after time, but they're still useable) and packets of more dye, so we could do this all summer. LOL