My daughter Grace and I were shopping together the other day at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. I was picking up much-needed supplies to get started on my many Christmas projects and she was busy perusing the aisles looking for things that she might “need,” when we came across the section with all of the t-shirts. As we were walking by, I remembered one of my many “pins” (as you know I love Pinterest). I quickly pulled it up on my phone to show Grace and she instantly wanted to make it, a no-mess-almost-tie-dye t-shirt. What better time of year to sit down with one of your loved ones and spend some quality time together crafting? Grace had SO much fun making this and she can’t wait to do another one. Especially now that we know a few tricks. Supplies T-shirt, Sharpie markers, Rubbing alcohol, 2 Solo Cups, Rubber band, Medicine dropper, Garbage bags, Blow-dryer How-To 2 min: Pour some of the alcohol into one of your Solo Cups 2 Min: Lay your t-shirt out on top of the table and put your garbage bag in between the front and back layer of the shirt. 3 Min: Decide where you would like to start. Place the other Solo Cup, right side up, under the top layer of your t-shirt and secure it with a rubber band around the rim of the cup. 5 min: Using the Sharpie, begin putting color inside the stretched out area of the shirt. Grace just did a swirl type pattern. However, you can get very intricate with your design. Next time, she wants to try doing flowers. Once you have the color you want, take your medicine dropper and suck up some of the alcohol. Put drops of alcohol onto your design and watch the magic happen. The more alcohol you use, the more your color will spread out. 3 Min: Use a blow-dryer on low and lightly dry the area. Repeat this process until you are happy with your design. Have fun and get creating! Once you are satisfied with your design, leave your shirt to dry. Then put it in the dryer for 30 minutes to set the color and then wash it in cold water. [nggallery id=256]
Jaime Hardesty is the Receptionist at M3 Group and a native of Michigan. When not crafting, she enjoys many of her other passions which include her two children, family, friends, antiquing, gardening, kayaking and bike riding.