Tie-Dye Cloth Napkins

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This fun tie-dye project is a nice way to intro the method to kids, smaller than tie-dyeing a full t-shirt. As an added bonus, you can tuck one of the napkins into a child’s lunchbox for a sweet reminder from home while he or she is at school!

We actually started with blank handkerchiefs from the craft store, not technically napkins. Twist them tightly and secure with elastics at several intervals.

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We purchased two bottles of dye that came ready to mix in a squirt bottle, one blue and one green, which made the whole project extremely easy.

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Travis thought it was fun to wear plastic gloves as we mixed the solutions, then dyed sections of the napkin in alternating colors.

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Seal the napkins in a zip-top plastic bag and let dry for 6 to 8 hours.

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Ring out the extra liquid over a sink, then wash in the laundry machine in cool water.

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Tumble dry, and repeat if necessary. We thought these came out so pretty!

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DIY Fireworks

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We’re making our own fireworks this Fourth of July… on our t-shirts that is!

Ages ago Travis and I made toddler tie-dye, and the method for this shirt is a variation on the idea. Except now Travis can design with much more intention.

First, place a piece of cardboard inside a plain white t-shirt.

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Use permanent markers (such as sharpies) in blue and red to draw asterisk shapes on the shirt. This design was a bit over Travis’s head, but he enjoyed scribbling with the sharpies.

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Use an eye dropper (great for building those little finger muscles!) to drop a few drops of alcohol onto each colored portion of the shirt. The colors will bleed out into “fireworks” and sparkles. Travis had incredible concentration and determination as he dripped the alcohol over each line of marker.

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Let dry completely before wearing.

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Happy Fourth!