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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tie-Dye Project Day


Ever since last summer, when I had my first tie-dye party, I had planned to have another one this summer. Making tie-dyed t-shirts just seems like a summer thing to do, like going to fireworks and parades and eating popsicles. Somehow, though, the entire summer went by without the party getting planned. As September neared, I realized that my window of opportunity was gone, and that I needed to come up with a different plan. Soon after, my sister and I started making "Official Project Day" plans, and I decided the first project would be doing tie-dye. It was a bit ambitious, since the number of kids (5) outnumbered the number of moms (3), but we all need a little bedlam in our lives sometimes....don't we?


So, last Thursday, the fun commenced:


(Jamie tried the "Drip splotches of dye on the t-shirt method" - I can't wait to see how this one turned out!)






(Ellie watched the action from the safety of a highchair)








(Ian and his almost finished product)














We learned last year that too much dye is not good, because the rubber bands can't contain it all and the colors run together and the tie-dye effect is lost. So, this year we tried to compensage by using less dye. It worked great on the t-shirts, but not so good on the sweatshirts. Maybe we'll buy some more dye and try to do some touching up.





5 comments:

~ Tandis ~ said...

Ian's t-shirt is awesome. The other two t-shirts aren't bad either but yeah, those naughty sweatshirts didn't work so great. =/

MommaMindy said...

They look great, but it kinda' made me a little jealous. I have never lived near my siblings, so the cousins don't have these kind of great memories. You are doing a greater work in all your lives than just the projects! So happy for you in a jealous kinda' way!

Jessica said...

I think I'll just echo what Mindy said about making great times for your kids to remember with their cousins. Tie-dye has come a long way since back in my hippie day.

Jamie said...

Humph, my "drip splotches of dye on the t-shirt method" didn't turn out ANYTHING like the picture on the instruction sheet. Kinda looks like some kind of crazy camouflage. Or like someone didn't have a clue what they were doing with tie-dye. =/

Bassett said...

Aw, looks like fun! Wish I could be part of these project days. =)
See you Sunday!