• Angie Wise

Tie Dye lives on

This was a definite case of 'it's about the journey not the destination'.

I went into the activity with somewhat trepidation, expecting a dye bomb to go off and stain everything in a 1 km radius.

Not the case, in fact we had a lot of fun. We got organised – outside – with plastic down, rubber bands, old t-shirts, table clothes, singlets, dye bottles, water, plastic bags for keeping each items after they were sodden with dye.

We'd researched the technique and knew we wanted that classic swirly tie dye look, you know the one, ultra hippy, super cool.

After we dyed everything and found even more white things to turn psychedelic, we popped them into individual plastic bags and left them to set for 6 hours as instructed on a trusty YouTube vid.

After 6 hours, we took off the rubber bands. Success, everything looked amazing, so we popped them in the washing machine (as instructed). But when we took each piece out, our smiles turned upside down. We had a pile of pastel lilac white things with only the hint of psychedelic swirl.

Obviously something went wrong, perhaps leaving it overnight would have been a better idea.

Anyhoo, I'm not not terrified of tie dying with an 8 year old anymore. In fact, can't wait until we can get our hands on some more dye to try it all over again.

Go forth and tie dye.

What you need

  1. Tie dye kit (you can find them at Officeworks or art shops)

  2. White cotton fabric (t-shirts, singlets, table clothes, pillow cases)

  3. Rubber bands

  4. A plastic sheet to lay down (outside)

  5. Gloves (good thick gloves, the ones that come in the kits are pretty thin)

  6. Plastic bags or plastic wrap to wrap each piece in to set (overnight)

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