This summer is definitely like no other we have experienced as a family. With travel and summer camps on hold, we weren't sure what we would be doing. Well, I'm excited to say that we’re partnering with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for eight weeks of stay at home summer camp fun. Join us each week, as we introduce new ideas and themes for summer camp activities on the blog. All 8 weeks line up with awesome, family friendly Warner Bros. Home Entertainment movie titles.
Since quarantine began, the kids and I have been doing a lot of tie dye, so we couldn't wait to get crafty and decorate the camp gear in our welcome kit. We learned from mistakes along the way, and have picked up some tips and tricks that I want to pass on to you for an awesome experience and end product. We are not experts by any means, but these tips definitely made a big difference in the quality of our tie dye.
before you tie dye
- Prewash or soak the item (do not dry).
- The item will soak up and retain the dye better if it is wet first.
- Choose a good dye that already has soda ash in it.
- soda ash helps set the dye and keep the color from fading
- Add water to your dye bottles and let them sit.
- The dye gets stronger as it sits.
- Cover the surface you will be using.
- I recommend a trash bag so you can just bundle it up and throw it away when you are done.
- This has the potential to get really messy, so you may want to do it outside.
- Put gloves and rubber bands on the table.
- Decide which design you want for your finished product.
- Your kit should come with some design ideas, otherwise you can google them.
- This time, we chose to use the swirl design.
the tie dye process
- Wring out the item.
- You want it to be wet, but not dripping.
- Follow directions to make the design you chose.
- Rubber band the item to keep it in place.
- Put your gloves on to protect your skin from the dye.
- Squeeze the dye color of your choice on each section.
- Use dye sparingly, a little at a time.
- Squeeze each section with your hand to make sure the dye saturates the fabric.
- Flip the item over and do the same on the back.
after you tie dye
- Put the item in a plastic shopping bag or zippered bag.
- Let it sit for at least 8 hours for good color retention.
- Rinse the item thoroughly until the water runs pretty clear.
- Place the item in the washer and run on quick cycle.
- Dry as normal.
Stop by My Instagram page to see how our tie dye camp gear turned out! Tag me on your insta page if you try doing tie dye using our tips!
Disclosure: Products discussed in this article (camp gear) were sent to us by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for the #CampWarnersBros promotion. All opinions are my own.