Tie-dye is one of our favorite crafts to do together. The excitement of not knowing how it will turn out is the best! With school just a couple weeks away we made something new using tie-dye--cloth napkins! This were a hit with Emma. She is so excited to take them in her school lunch.
If you get a simple clothing dye kit at the craft store it will come with everything you need--gloves (a must!) squirt bottles (pre-filled with dye,) and rubber-bands. All you need is the plain cloth napkins and you're ready to get dyeing.
We dampened our napkins and pulling and twisting straight from the center began adding the rubber-bands. The more bands you add the more contrast you get.
When we were all set we laid them in the grass. Tie-dyeing outside is a must! That dye does not come out!
Emma got to work adding color. alternating the color in between each band works best. Once the napkin twists are fully saturated with dye, place them into a plastic bag and let sit for at least 24 hours. The next day cut the bands off and toss into the washing machine. After I wash these I usually turn the washing machine on a cycle to rinse out any remaining dye before I do a load of laundry.
They came out pretty cool! Emma is thrilled to have her own special set of cloth napkins for her school lunches.