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Sharpie Tie Dye T-Shirts

You have seen the bug viewers and yarn bowls. Now, here is another fun activity we have done this week during our mini summer camp: Sharpie tie dye t-shirts!

It is like tie dye without the buckets of dye waiting to be spilled or sloshed.

NO MESS tied dye!

Everyone got a plain white t-shirt and a variety of Sharpies. We inserted old vinyl place mats into the shirts, and each child made a design using a series of dots.

We then took the shirts outside and sprayed them with rubbing alcohol. Did you know you can screw a standard spray bottle top onto a bottle of alcohol? EASY PEASY!


The alcohol makes the colors in the Sharpie dots run, giving the design a cool "firework" look.

The kids had an awesome time making these Sharpie tie dye t-shirts and even wore them proudly to Vacation Bible School!

 *"Set" the shirts by putting them in the dryer on "high" for 15 minutes. Wash separately. We had a slight fading during the wash.

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  1. You have just given me a great craft idea for my kiddos! Thank you. These look fabulous.

    I hadn’t been here for a while. I saw you had been nominated for an award and decided to stop by. How is the job situation with your husband? It does appear the Lord has taken wonderful care of you. I’ll be following again.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Such a great idea!!! I can’t wait to do this with my kids.

  3. Beth R. says:

    This would be perfect for my 3 & 4 yr old. So much easier for them than trad. tye dye. This will go right along with coffee filter butterflies ( ( http://trmom.com/2010/04/coffee-filter-butterflies/ ) except we used crayola markers and sprayed with water to bleed the colors.)

  4. LOVE this! Pinning it for later this summer!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. How do you wash the shirts? Can they go in with regular laundry, or will they bleed all over other clothes?

    Can’t wait to try this!!!

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      We “set” them on high heat in the dryer for 15 minutes. I’ll wash them all in a separate load and let you know.

  6. This is so stinking cool! I am going to have to try it.

  7. Jeri @ Texas Piglets says:

    Ok, not that’s REALLY cool!!!

  8. A new twist on tie dye…love it! Looks like fun, we are going to enjoy this activity. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. I LOVE this craft! The shirts look like they were hit with fireworks. Definitely something for me to try next week. I just got a JoAnn Fabrics flyer in the mail. Time to see if it’s got a coupon for saving money on the Sharpies.

  10. Michelle King says:

    That is so cool! I have a fun project for my daughter and her American Heritage Girls troop to add to this years projects. Thanks!

  11. Shannah says:

    Have you washed them yet? I came across your blog on the top25 moms contest and seen this idea and ran out today to get the stuff. Such a cool idea, thanks.

  12. Just wanted to let you know that I mentioned your blog on my blog in a list of blogs I read. Yours is number eighteen.

  13. LOVE IT! I sent your link to all my friends! We will definitely do this when we go visit my nieces and nephews this summer!


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