The boys usually buy some sort of 4th of July T-shirt, this year we decided to make our own. We found an inexpensive Tie Dye Kit at Walmart. First let me apologize for the quality of these pics, when we were on vacation Mattie broke my camera so while it is traveling to Nikon to be fixed my iPhone will have to do.
After looking at several patterns on the internet most without pics we decided on a spiral and a “Flag” design. For the swirl that looks like fireworks here is the process. First you want to wet your T-shirt then wring it out so it is damp but not soaked.
Then you use your thumb and pointer finger and pinch the middle of the shirt and start twisting.
Keep Twisting until you get something like a rosette.
Then put the rubber bands around like the spokes on a wagon wheel.
The kit we bought gave us the bottles of dye we just put water in and shook them, they also provided the rubber bands and plastic gloves. To make the pinwheel design you alternate between the bands the colors you are using, after we were done we left them out in the sun to dry some on a plastic grocery bag.
For the Flag T-shirt we folded the shirt in an accordion style all the way across. It’s easy just back and forth like a fan.
Then you space out your rubber bands along the length of the shirt.
We put the blue dye on the 1st third of the shirt, then the red on the rest. This Tie Dye 4th of July shirt project was great because the kids could help. I held the shirt while Matthew squirted on the dye. The hardest part was trying to get those big gloves on Mattie.
In this pic you can see Garrett’s drying in the sun for a bit and you can also see his bathing suit from yesterday drying in the background, don’t you love how I clean up for pics!
The boys were as excited as I was at how they turned out. They will look great when we go see the fireworks in the park.
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