How to Make a Tie Dye Mickey Mouse Shirt


Mickey Mouse is an iconic cartoon character that has captured the hearts of children and adults worldwide. Since his creation in 1928, his cheerful attitude and amusing antics have fascinated kids and adults alike. It is easy to tap into some of that Disney magic by making a tie-dye Mickey Mouse T-shirt.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • T-Shirt, pre-washed and dried
  • Needle
  • Clear waxed dental floss
  • Scissors
  • Rubber Bands
  • Soda ash
  • Rubber gloves
  • Squirt bottles
  • Tie-dye colors
  • Use a pencil to draw a Mickey Mouse head on your T-shirt. You will get better results if it is a white, or light-colored shirt.

  • Thread a needle with clear waxed dental floss. Sew along the pencil outline on the front of the shirt only. Cut the floss with scissors, leaving extra floss at the ends for the next step.

  • Pull on the ends of your thread so that the Mickey Mouse head gathers up into a small poof.

  • Secure several rubber bands tightly around the base of your Mickey Mouse poof. The Mickey Mouse head should be sticking up from the rest of the shirt.

  • Twist the Mickey Mouse head into a snake-like tube. Continue twisting the rest of the shirt as well until the entire shirt looks like a snake.

  • Wrap rubber bands in 1 to 2 inch intervals along the non-Mickey Mouse portion of the shirt.

  • Mix 1 cup of soda ash with 1 gallon of water. Place the shirt into the soda ash and soak it for half an hour. Next, place it in the washing machine on the spin cycle or allow to partially air dry. The shirt should be damp.

  • Don a pair of rubber gloves.

  • Fill a squirt bottle with the tie-dye colors of your choice. Apply the color where you want it, making sure to get color into the creases of the shirt.

  • Wrap your shirt in plastic. Allow it to sit for 8-24 hours. The color intensity increases the longer it sits.

  • Run cold water over the shirt. After your remove the rubber bands and dental floss, rinse again until there is no more dye running from the shirt down into your drain.

  • Wash the shirt in the washing machine one last time. Viola! You have a tie-dye Mickey Mouse T-shirt.

Tips & Warnings

  • Prewash and dry your T-shirt to avoid shrinking later.
  • Apply one color at a time to simplify the process and to help keep the colors from running together. If they do, use a bleach pen to remove the color if you desire. Be sure to blot it after it soaks in.
  • Kits for beginners are available at craft stores.
  • When using multiple colors, be aware that they may run together. It is difficult to keep them separate.


  • Photo Credit Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
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