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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bleach Tie-Dye

Happy Thursday everyone! Today's project is brought to you thanks to my experience of being a leader in a high school youth group. We tried bleach tie-dye for shirts for a trip, and then I tried it again to make fun shirts for a friend of mine. The great thing about this is that it's cheap!

I didn't get many good pictures of the process, so sorry about that.

All you need is bleach, a colored shirt, a bottle, and rubber bands. I got my shirts for $5 each at Walmart, and I already had everything else.

Start by pinching a section of the shirt and then twist the it around. Wrap 3 or 4 rubber bands around the shirt so it looks like a pie. Then pour the bleach in every other section of the shirt on both sides. 

Let the shirt sit until you can see the bleach working. Anywhere from 5-20 minutes, depending on the shade of the shirt.

Once you've let it sit, rinse out the shirt and then run it through the wash by itself. And then you're done!

This is a great project to do with kids, and you don't have the mess of all that dye to worry about (only the bleach...). I suggest lighter colors because they make a better contrast in the end. Now, go channel your inner-hippie!

Have a great weekend! Don't forget to link up to the party this week!


  1. That looks really fun. I loved tie dying clothes in junior high.

  2. Super cute Liz! I have a few old shirts lying around that I can dye. Fun! :)

  3. Someone recommended this idea to me when the tie-dye didn't show up well. We used a spray bottle of bleach and "painted" them. They turned out really cute!