Sharpie Tie Dye



Have you tried to tie dye using Sharpie markers? I know right, it sounds crazy!  Well, it’s actually pretty cool and an easy kids project!   Here are a few examples of how our shirts turned out during a play date with some friends a few weeks ago.  

Here’s what you will need: 

  • White or light colored t-shirt  (cotton shirt) 
  • Rubbing alcohol 70% or 90% isopropyl alcohol
  • Liquid dropper or spray bottle – we used a spray bottle 
  • rubber bands
  • Small plastic cup 
  • Variety of color sharpie markers 



A few tips – One writing on the shirts is a little difficult but using stencil might help. I found the shirts tend to pull which then moved the way the letters looked.

T-Shirts – a work in progress 



I tied the shirt up just like I was going to tie dye and then let the girls color in between the rubber bands.  Because the girls were anxious to see the design we took the rubber band off before we sprayed with alcohol – next time I will wait and remove the rubber band after we spray the shirts.

Drying your shirt – I hung the shirts on a hanger outside and let them dry for a few hours.  You just want to make sure they are not drenched when you toss in your dryer!

Here are some pictures of the finished shirts 




The girls definitely had a blast with this craft project and I highly recommend this craft!  



Check out more Tie Dye blog posts over at the Sharpie blog 







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