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Making tie-dye t-shirts can, undeniably, get a bit messy. For this reason, a lot of parents save this particular project for nice days when it can be done outside. With a bit of prep and caution, though, this is a great indoor project for rainy days.
If you are tackling this project indoors, you’ll want to start by completely protecting your work area. Cover your table with a plastic tablecloth and spread out a drop cloth to protect your floor. (Hint: You can get drop cloths and tablecloths dirt cheap at your local dollar store.) Remember to dress your kids in old clothing, too!
You’ll need some plain white t-shirts, a tie-dye kit, latex gloves and lots of rubber bands to get started. It’s also smart to have some sort of basin with a rack for each child to work over. A cookie cooling rack placed on top of a dishpan works well.
There are all sorts of tie-dye patterns to choose from. Older kids may want to try their hand at creating a complex design. For younger kids, though, random works well. Check out some different tie-dye techniques and decide which one(s) you’d like to try. From there, it’s as simple as following the instructions. Within a couple of hours, your kids will have their own tie-dye creations that they will proudly be showing off for the rest of the summer.