Groovy Color Party
Before the weather turns frigid, I wanted to write a post about tie dyeing, the central activity of Laurel’s recent Color Party. I obsessed about this topic more than I’d care to admit because I wanted the activity to be fun, safe, and hopefully minimal in the mess department for both kids and parents. I’m thrilled that the activity worked out favorably on each of these counts; here are the tips to get your own groovy color party going.
You will need:
Preparing the dye:
Follow the instructions on the package, but in short, all you need to do is pour the dye package in the bowl, add 1 cup of salt (to help set the dye), and add hot tap water (by the time everyone started the process the water had cooled down to a safe temperature). I believe the package said to use only 2 cups of water per packet and I definitely used more than that – probably about 1 quart or more. This worked fine and produced lovely colors but next time around I’d probably not dilute as much since there was plenty of dye and the less water, the quicker and more vivid the color.
Also set aside a big bowl of water for the pre-soak process. Pre-soaking makes it easier to twist the tee and have it stay in place while you attach the rubber bands.
Dyeing the shirts:
Here are the instructions I included in the tie dye bags:
[**Note: I rinsed the tee then ran it through the dryer to set and it worked fine. I've since run the tee through the laundry with other clothes without a problem.]