How to Mix Powder Dye for Tie Dye Kits

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Tie dying is a great activity to do at camp or at home with your children on a nice spring, summer or early fall day. Pick out some clothes for tie dying (anything light colored is suitable) and start mixing your powder. Remember, mixing tie dye requires working with very, very hot water, so have an adult do the mixing to avoid any potential accidents.

Things You'll Need

  • Powder dye
  • Rubber gloves
  • Stove
  • Pot
  • Metal container (1 per dye fixer)
  • Wooden paint stick
  • Water
  • Put on your rubber gloves, measure 3/4 cup of dye and set aside.

  • Heat up a gallon of water to just below simmering.

  • Place the hot water into metal buckets (one color per bucket).

  • Mix in the powder. Stir with a wooden stick for approximately two minutes.

  • Begin tie dying.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can always double or triple your recipe as needed. Simply double the amount of dye fixer and water (for example, 1 1/2 cups of dye for 2 gallons of water).
  • This project may be done indoors, but it is best done outside where the dye can spill without serious repercussions.

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