Carrie has four daughters and runs Write On! Workshops--a summer writing camp for children.

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How to tie dye a shirt

Looking for a fun summer craft? We learned how to tie dye a shirt using nothing but Sharpies, paper cups, rubber bands and rubbing alcohol. Simple and fun.

  • 1. Position paper cups in various places on the shirt and secure around once with a rubber band.
  • 2. Color designs on the cup outline using colorful Sharpies.
  • 3. Spray the colored design with rubbing alcohol. You can spray from a medicine dropper or a spray bottle.
  • 4. Remove the cups and let shirts dry in the sun.

Use a high quality shirt. I purchased white tees for about $6.00 from Justice for my girls. They worked much better than my $3.00 tee from Rite Aid.

Heat set the color design with an iron before washing.

Sharpies are on sale right now with school supplies.

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  1. Tami 07/30/2012 at 12:49 pm

    You said sharpies, but it looks like highlighters in the photo. Just wondering.

    • Carrie Finlinson 07/30/2012 at 4:11 pm

      Hi Tami–I used neon Sharpies. They were on sale with the school supplies at Walmart.