Food coloring is a great way for kids to tie dye. Although it doesn't necessarily hold as well as other sorts of dyes, it is kid-safe and requires little supervision. Soaking the shirts in salt water after tie dying and washing them in cool water will make the dye set a little better, giving it a cool faded look.
Things You'll Need
- Food coloring
- Condiment bottles
- Rubber bands
Soak the shirt in a mixture of half white vinegar and half water. After it's soaked through, wring the shirt out.
Tie knots in the shirt, or twist up parts of it and hold them with rubber bands. This will create bands and spiral patterns in the shirt.
Mix food coloring and water in bowls or condiment bottles. If you use bowls, dip the shirt in it. If you use condiment bottles, squirt the coloring on the shirt. (Kids love using the bottles!)
Wrap the shirt in plastic and place it somewhere and let it sit undisturbed for about eight hours.
Fill a tub with cool water and add salt, stirring until you can't get any more to dissolve.
Wash the shirt in the cool salt water to set the dye.
Wash and dry the shirt as you normally would. It is now ready to wear.