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


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!


DIY Tunic Style Shirt

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By Guest Blogger Kelly from the blog So Much to Make.

Kelly shares something for everyone on So Much to Make. Check out her blog for sewing tutorials, recipes, easy arts and craft tutorials, printables and more.

DIY Tunic Style Shirt

Nothing is more comfy in hot weather than something that feels like you aren’t wearing it at all. Nudity without the embarrassment of exposure—that’s what this tunic-style shirt feels like.

And it was SO easy to make. You make ONE cut. You sew TWO seams. Finish edges, sew in the elastic shirred waist (this isn’t hard, but does take about as long as the rest of the shirt-making combined), and you have a new, fun, flattering top!

Start with the right fabric. I bought this as a remnant, so I don’t know exactly what it is. I’m guessing it’s a rayon challis. You’ll want a fabric that is lightweight, drapes well and isn’t too crisp or thick.

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Oh The Things You Can Do With Sharpies

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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!

Sharpies are wonderful things, aren’t they? Colorful, bright, permanent markers that can be used for SO MANY THINGS. Coloring in and labeling tags in bubble print are just the start of the things that you can use a Sharpie for. So gather up as many colors as you can and check our favorite Sharpie Crafts!


DIY Sharpie Dinnerware- The Sweetest Occasion

Fancy some custom dishes? This project uses plain white dishes and turns them into something unique and beautiful with stick on templates and a little coloring and baking. Or try it with out templates and freehand a design.


Simple Tie Dye Using Sharpie- Intellidance

Or try some tie-dye! Drawing on knit fabric with Sharpies can turn magical with a little spritz of rubbing alcohol. This is an especially great technique if you want to add tie-dye to specific or small areas of a project. Plus it’s a whole lot of fun!

Gold Staple2

DIY Gold Staples- House of Huntley

Spruce up your documents with these easy colored staples! These are a snap to make with metallic permanent markers for a  little glitz and glam or try a primary colors for a pop of fun! Either way they make a boring old office supply a whole lot more fun!


Art Swap: Continued- Balalisme

I love the idea of these bags! What a fun way to turn something totally utilitarian into something totally special. Perfect for baked goods you want to give as gifts, special trinkets or just lunch for the kiddos, these are adorable!

What crafts have you used Sharpies in? We’d love to see what you are up to! Drop us a line and tell us your tips, and check out these and other Sharpie Marker Crafts on our Craft Trends Pinbaord.

Enjoy Your Retirement Card

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Enjoy Your Retirement Card

Do you know someone who is retiring soon?  Don’t forget to honor them with a very special card to celebrate.  Use it as a thank you for all their work or send warm wishes for the new journey they will be going on.

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