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How to Tie Dye: 34 Tie Dye Techniques, Tie Dye Designs + Other Tie Dye Ideas

If you're looking for new tie-dye design ideas that the kids will love, then these designs are for you.

By: Emily Timmons, Editor,
Tie-Dye Ideas

Teach a child how to tie dye a shirt, and they'll have a love of color for life. Making tie dye T-shirts is a summertime rite of passage for lots of kids, and it's easy to see why. Tie dye is a totally radical way for kids to express themselves, and there are tons of tie dye techniques out there for the kids to try.

There's no wrong way to tie dye, so as you browse this list of Tie Dye Techniques, Tie Dye Designs + Other Tie Dye Ideas you're guaranteed to find a project the kids will love, no matter how old or young they are. If your kids are little, teach them how to tie dye with markers. Older kids, on the other hand, will love tackling more challenging tie dye designs like the Tie Dye Heart Shirt. If dyeing shirts isn't enough to satisfy your creative little crafters, there are even more tie dye crafts for them to enjoy.

These cool tie dye designs will inspire you and your kids to have your most colorful summer yet, so don’t wait another minute to get started.

Tie Dye Techniques

Free Hand Tie Dye Pattern

Ready to start tie dyeing? As long as you have a white T-shirt on hand, you can skip the trip to the store. Using tie dye kits can be really fun, but when you have younger children, the result could be messy. Save yourself a hassle and try these super simple tie dye techniques with your kids. The best thing about these tie dye ideas is that young children can unleash their creativity on these "dyed" duds without worrying about a pattern. Any scribble they do is sure to turn into a beautiful shirt! Plus, for most of these easy tie dye techniques, you probably have all the supplies you need.

Tie Dye Designs

Tie Dye Heart Shirt

Now that you know about some of the coolest tie dye techniques around, it's time to grab your tie dye kits and try out these gorgeous designs. Each one of these tie dye designs will teach you everything you need to know about how to dye a T-shirt. Whether you're looking to try something more traditional, like a swirled T-shirt, or you want to try something totally new, we have a tie dye idea for you.

Other Tie Dye Ideas

Tie-Dyed T-Shirt DIY Headbands

Tie dye is way too cool to stop at simply dyeing T-shirts. Go beyond the everyday tie dye ideas and try these incredible tie dye projects! If your kids are truly crazy for color, they can try making a fashion-forward bag to take along to school or how to use stenciling to create a really cool tie dye design. If you're ready to take your tie dye in a whole new direction, you and the kids can craft an edible rainbow or make fantastically funky mason jars to decorate their bedroom. No matter which one of these tie dye crafts you choose to make with your family, you're guaranteed to get a heavy dose of color and fun.

What are your favorite colors to tie dye with?

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