Ya’ll. I have learned how to tie dye! Tie Dye has been EVERYWHERE since spring trends hit the runway. And it’s a look I just can’t get enough of. But my life is more mom in a mini-van than runway ready. And of course, Mamma ain’t about to pay runway prices for a trend that may be gone quicker than a box of Oreos hidden in my closet waiting for me to devour in complete silence.
I eat my feelings. What can I say?
I am going to show you how to tie dye your own creations with supplies straight from Dollar Tree. There are only 4 supplies you need, 3 of which came from DT.
A pack of two condiment squeeze container: $1
A bottle of bleach: $1
A bag of rubber bands: $1
A tee shirt you are willing to part with. I practiced on a tee shirt that I didn’t care about but this is seriously so easy I wish I would have picked a cutie because my first try turned out perfectly.
PS: Goodwill (depending on your area) has T-Shirts for $3.33. You can find super cute graphic tees for you and your whole fam. I tried to get my crew to all wear tie dye to church for Father’s Day but since I live with all boys they weren’t quite as thrilled about the idea as I was.
Let’s jump right into step 1: Wet your shirt. I usually work in my utility sink in my laundry room and do several shirts at once. If you follow me on Instagram you know I have recently opened a Poshmark Closet and have been selling a few of my custom tie dye creations over there. (PS: Use the code SHOPPINGRMJ for $10 off ANY purchase on Posh.)
You want to wet your shirt first because if you don’t it will take a TON of bleach to completely soak through your shirt.
Wring that baby out and lay flat, with the graphic side down.
Also, the bleach will not effect the graphic so don’t lose sleep over this. I have dyed shirts with white graphics and colored graphics and the bleach doesn’t alter it in any way.
The only t-shirt this method will NOT work on is a heathered shirt. I don’t know why but it doesn’t phase these shirts one bit. It will look exactly the same as it did before so skip on those type of shirts entirely.
I made that mistake just for you. You’re welcome.
Now that the graphic is laying down you want to twist the t-shirt in a circular motion. Having the shirt wet will make this easier as well.
It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just do your best.
Next grab 3 rubber bands (you can do more if you want but I usually stick to just 3). Arrange them in a criss cross pattern making 6 somewhat equal sections.
Fill your condiment squeeze bottle with bleach and pour the bleach on to every other section. Again, not to worry about perfection here. If the bleach spills over onto the next door neighbor section don’t sweat it.
Let your shirt sit for 10 minutes and then rinse it out and hang to dry. If you are working with a black shirt or you want the bleached areas to get really light leave the bleach on for longer.
Once the shirt has dried, wash it in the washing machine and dry it in the dryer and call it tie dye DONE.
You are rocking an on trend shirt and only spent a few dollars.
I’ve even created some shirts for my kiddos and they look so rad! I am blessed (and biased) to be blessed with the coolest kiddos and I want the world to know it.
I hope you make your own Tie Dye Dollar Store creation. If you do please tag me so my mamma soul will swell up into a tie dyed heart.