There is nothing more groovy than a tie dye t-shirt! Tie Dye t-shirts are somewhat easy to make, they are just messy when
you have kids “helping” you make them. I was overjoyed when I saw a pin on Pinterest for making your own tie dye t-shirts with a Sharpie marker! They looked just as good as the old fashioned tie dye, and seemed much easier and less messy to make…so we decided to give making Sharpie Marker Tie Dye T-shirts a try.
What you need to make Sharpie Marker Tie Dye T-shirts:
- Sharpie Markers
- Rubber Bands
- Plastic cups
First you start by placing your cup in between the front and back of the shirt, then wrap a rubber band around it. Or you can be like us and do all of them at once!
After you have your cups securely placed, it is time to get creative! Take your sharpie marker and draw a design!
Once you have drawn all of your designs drawn on your Sharpie Marker Tie Dye T-shirts, it is time to take your dropper (full of alcohol) and drop a few drops onto the center of each design you have drawn.
Can you see how the colors start to fade together? In the original Sharpie Marker Tie Dye T-shirts pin it said to only use a few drops, but we found that we needed more. So use your best judgment, but don’t overdo it! LOL
In the original pin it said nothing about breaking out your hair dryer and using it on the shirts, but… Miranda and I got very carried away with the alcohol…or should we just say I got carried away with it. LOL We had to dry the shirts a little before we placed them in the dryer to set the color. The main reason that we did this is because we were afraid that it was to wet, and the colors would fade onto each other or onto the dryer itself. So, after you take the cups out of the shirt, you have to place your shirt/shirts into the dryer to set them. We did a cotton setting for 20 minutes to set ours. And sure enough, it was just as pretty as when it went into the dryer.
Pretty cool huh! The true test would be whether or not the shirt would look this great after it is washed… Well…..
As you can see, the Sharpie Marker Tie Dye T-shirts don’t look nearly
as great after they have been washed. I was very disappointed that the color didn’t stay. I hate to call this a pin fail, because it is such a fun thing to do. This would be great for something that you never plan to wash, or something that you only plan on using once. We followed the instructions step by step, and this is how it turned out. If anyone has any ideas on how to get the color to stay…..I would LOVE to know them!