Easy Tie Dye


Something made of white material

Permanent markers of different colors

An eyedropper


Disposable cup or bowl (a smaller cup seems to work the best but larger ones create larger circles)

Rubber band to fit over cup or bowl


Be sure to cover work surface to protect from the alcohol.

Place fabric over the top of cup or bowl and secure with a rubber band. (This is our makeshift hoop) 

With a permanent marker make little dots or small lines within the middle of the “hoop”

(don’t put to many marks because they will spread and bleed into each other)

Using an eyedropper, drop a few drops of alcohol into the center of your marks.  You don’t need to drench the fabric.  A few drops will give you good results.

You will see the colors begin to run and mix together creating a kaleidoscope design.

Wait a few minutes for all the bleeding to run to the edges, then remove the rubber band, find a new spot and do it all over again to your heart’s content. 

When the project has completely dried, before washing it, throw it in the dryer for about half an hour to set the colors.  (Wash separately just in case. Colorfastness depends on the fabric and I’m not sure which is which.)



We have made Joseph’s coat this way using an old white dress shirt we got at a thrift store, socks, and bandanas.  When the kids get bored doing it, we put it away and come back to it another day.  (Joseph’s coat took a while. I wish I had a picture to show, but it has disappeared)


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2 Responses to Easy Tie Dye

  1. 4evrHischild says:

    My kids love to tie dye, this looks easier than the kits they've been buying to use. We'll have to try it out.

  2. Rhen says:

    Ooooh that looks like fun and I am definitely going to try it with my kids. Thanks for the idea!

    All for His glory, ~Rhen

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