I’ve been waiting all winter to do tie-dye with Nico, but he’s only 2.5 yo, so I wasn’t sure I wanted to use permanent dyes that could stain his sensitive skin. So I thought about using acrylic craft paint instead. I knew he probably wouldn’t understand the whole dipping process, so I diluted the paint with water (a squirt to cover the bottom of the bottle to 1/4 cup of water ratio) and put it in squirt bottles. We used the colors of the rainbow :) After doing the whole elastic tying thing (he picked where to do it on his shirt) we set a plastic canvas type thing on the grass and put his shirt down on it. I made him strip down to his diaper since it will stain clothes and he wanted to wear his water boots.
Then he did Alex and my shirt as well (cleaning between each shirt). We let them dry in the sun as is, for the rest of the afternoon and the next afternoon as well, just to be safe. We didn’t have much time in the sun left the day we did them. Alex took off all the elastics, only to realize you really need to move the shirts around more to make sure it was well covered, live and learn! It was all our first time doing tie-dye so I think we did ok. Then we wash them in cold water with salt & laundry soap (threw in a shot of vinegar in there too) and hoped for the best…
Here are the results:
Update (June 22, 2014): We have washed them regularly many times since then and the color is still great
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Check out tomorrow’s post to see what else we did with the bottles of spray paint…
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