My favorite part of camp was the craft shack. A little bungalow next to the lake where for a few bucks you could spend hours painting (ceramics), braiding (lanyards), and bedazzling (all sorts of apparel). My favorite were the items I could wear out immediately and show off at camp for the remainder of the week. I remember some fun visors especially.
When I came across this idea on Pinterest I thought it would be fun and much less messy than the traditional tie dye method.
Here’s what you need:
Permanent markers (we used sharpies)
Rubbing Alcohol (the higher % the better, we could only find 70%)
Medicine dropper (they’ll give them to you to for free at the pharmacy)
Rubberbands that will fit around the mouth of the cups
First pick your colors. We chose about 6 colors that were similar shades. Too many colors and things will get muddy. Here’s Brayden ready with his markers. He thought it was hilarious to clip them to his pocket.
Next set up your cups. We were able to do 2-3 at a time. Put them inside the shirt & wrap the rubberband around the rim. Draw on one circle at a time.
You can do any design you want….your imagination is the only limit! But a few tips of what we learned. Intricate “pictures” can be disappointing since the detail gets faded with the “bleeding”. Bold shapes like hearts work well. Also, for each circle we stuck to 2-3 colors to avoid the colors bleeding together to make brown. We also discussed color blending when making selections. For instance, if the colors can be made from each other (red, yellow, orange), or they make another color when blended (red + blue= purple), then they are ok. Orange & green? Notsomuch.
Next is the magic! Using your dropper apply the alcohol to the design. Do one design at a time. Letting the marker dry too long can lessen the amount of “bleed” you get.
Here are some close ups of the magic!
Once you’re done you need to heat set it. Throw them in the dryer on the hottest setting for a full cycle. This should keep them from bleeding.
Brayden loved this project so much that he wanted to do it again the next day with friends….so we did! And then he did a little dance!
Let me know how this works for you!
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