Awesome Tie-Dye

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

I live in a place where tie dye clothing is, ahem, practically required. You think I’m joking but our local soccer league give out plain white shirts to each team with the understanding that they will tie dye them to create unique jerseys for the kids. No, really. So tie dye is always on my radar. My kids love it and it’s a great way to get a little more use out of clothes that would otherwise be too stained to wear in public. Here are some cool tie-dye projects I’m planning on trying with them this summer.

Rainbow Socks - iLoveToCreate

Rainbow SocksiLoveToCreate 

I actually paid big bucks for a pair of tie dyed soccer socks last year and now I’m kicking myself. OF COURSE! I could have just made them myself! I love how this rainbow technique uses zip ties instead of rubber bands to bind the sections off. So smart!

Rosette Flip Flop - The Swell Life

Rosette Flip FlopsThe Swell Life

I have a little girl who would flip over this project! Flips flops (her favorite footwear – like mother like daughter), flowers and tie-die. It’s the perfect combination and a great way to have fun with fabric scraps in an unusual way. They just scream summer, don’t they?

Shibori Tie Dye - Lets Go Fly a Kite

“Shibori” Tie-DyeLet’s Go Fly a Kite

And for the  non pink flower lovers in the family these crazy blue tone tie-die shirts will be a huge hit! They look, somehow, wintery, and sciency and also a little foresty. My son will go nuts for them. And for making them I bet. What a fun summer project!

What’s your best tie-dye project? Send us a note! We love to hear what you are up to! Check out these and other Tie Dye Crafts on our Craft Trends Pinboard.

Dyed Pasta

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

Creating pasta mosaics is pretty much a must during a child’s preschool years and it’s a great way to spend a too hot to go outside summer day. But instead of just using your average, every day pastas, why not step it up a notch and present your child with a bowl full of brightly colored pasta? Dying pasta is simple, quick and easy enough to let the kids help making it all the more fun! Customize the colors of your pasta to your child’s favorite shades or treat this as a lesson in color mixing, either way, you are both sure to have fun with this project!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pasta – varying shapes
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Food coloring
  • Zip-close baggies or sealable bowls
  • Paper towels and colander

1. Split the pasta up into small baggies or bowls, being sure to mix the shapes up so that each bowl has a variety.

2. Pour enough rubbing alcohol into the baggies or bowls to just cover the pasta.

3. Add food coloring to each bag. Start with a few drops and then work the color in before adding more until you reach the shade you are looking for.

4. Seal up the bags or bowls and let the color work it’s way into the pasta for at least 30 minutes. The longer you wait, the more intense the colors will become.

5. Drain the pasta in a colander and then allow them to dry spread out on paper towels. Once dry, the pasta can be strung as beads, glued into mosaics or just sorted and played with!

Dye-Free Easter Eggs

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills.

Have you decorated your Easter eggs yet? I found an article by Parents Magazines and they share some creative ideas on how to decorate your Easter eggs without using traditional dye.

One of my favorite ideas was adding Thicker Foam Stickers to spell out seasonal phrases on eggs, or plastic eggs. You could use this idea for directions for your Easter egg hunt, or just write “Happy Easter” as a centerpiece.

Shared by Tara Donne

You can also raid your crafting stash for special egg décor.  Use any all-purpose glues to add buttons, sequins, ribbons, gems, rhinestones, or flowers. Parents Magazine suggested CreateForLess as a supplier of colorful buttons and craft glue.

Read the article here!

Sparkle’s Tie Dye Take Out Box

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By Guest Blogger, Sparkle E. Glitter from the blog “Sparkle Studio”. 

I am in love with the Retro 70′s trend that is flooding the market right now.  Since I was not there the first time around, I am embracing all things 70′s.  I love the bellbottoms, the love beads, the mini skirts, the platform shoes, and I especially love tie dye.

So, I combined my tie dye love with my glitter love and here is the result.  Sparkle’s Tie Dye Take Out Box.  You can make one of these take out boxes in a few minutes, but remember to give your box plenty of drying time.  I used Sparkle 21 because it sticks to the plastic surface really well, and it comes in amazing colors.

Here is what you need:

Frosty white plastic take out box

Sparkle 21: Lavender Sparkle, Blue Suede Sparkle, Limeade Sparkle

Toothpick

Try this:

1. Make a thick line spiral of Lavender Sparkle on one side of the box.

 2. Add a thick line of Blue Suede Sparkle next to, but not touching the Lavender spiral.

3. Add a thick line of Limeade Sparkle next to the Blue Suede Sparkle.

4. Use the toothpick to scribble between the colors.  Draw some Lavender into the Blue Suede.  Draw some Blue Suede into the Lavender.  Blend all the lines together.

5.  Repeat on the other three sides if you want to cover the box.  Let dry.

 

You can use this same technique for faux tie dye on fabric as well.  Sparkle 21 is washable! It comes in many groovy colors, pick three you love to personalize your tie dye take out box.

Glitter on!

Sparkle

Free Stuff Friday Winner!!

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It’s time to announce our Free Stuff Friday Winner!! Congratulations to… Laurel! You’ll love all your new fabric crafts!

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Our lucky winner will receive 2 canvas tote bags, SEI Tie Dye Kits, and 2 types of fabric glue!

The winning answer to “What are you doing today?” is…

“Barbecuing and enjoying friends and family. Also making our list for an upcoming baby shower for Elizabeth, our newest grandchild!”

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

 

Free Stuff Friday!!

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Happy Friday, and Happy Independence Day to our American Readers!! Let’s make the week happier with this fun fabric prize pack!

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Our lucky winner will receive 2 canvas tote bags, SEI Tie Dye Kits, and 2 types of fabric glue!

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week:  What are you doing today?

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Old Glory Wall Hanging

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By General Crafts Contributor Michelle.

Old Glory Wall Hanging for July 4th

“Let freedom ring” for this Independence Day, and all summer long with this stars and stripes wall hanging inspired by “Old Glory” herself.  This shabby flag is a good project to use up all those fabric scraps, short lengths of trim, lace, and other bits and bobs you may have in your crafting stash.

My finished wall hanging is 12″x16″, and is hanging on a 20″ long stick.  You could size this project up or down, as desired, just keep in mind that to keep similar proportions to a real American flag, your red and white “stripes” of lace and trim need to hang down approximately twice as long as your blue rectangle.  You can always reference a real American flag if you want to make sure your proportions are correct, I just kind of eyeballed mine.

Here’s  what I used to make my wall hanging:

  • A stick, about 20″ long.  Mine came from my yard, or you could use a dowel.
  • A piece of blue fabric about 9″x6″, I used a piece of denim.
  • Lengths of red,  white and natural colored trim, lace, pom-pom ribbon, and 1″ strips of fabric that are about 16″ in length.  Variation is good though, so don’t worry if some are a bit longer or shorter, just make sure most are about 16″ long.
  • Small white crocheted doilies, white lace rosettes, white fabric flowers, buttons, etc., for the “stars” to go on the blue background.
  • Gold embroidery floss.
  • Buttons for embellishment. (Brass buttons, white buttons, star buttons.)
  • Natural jute, for hanging.
  • Hot glue gun, and glue sticks.
  • Tea bags for tea staining (optional).

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