Tie die is a personal favorite and I have seen several different examples and directions for how too on the internet so I took what I found from various searches and modified it just a little bit.
Here’s what you’ll need and the steps we followed:
Pre-washed white or light colored t-shirt (cotton takes color great)
Rubbing Alcohol (Note: mine was 91%. If your alcohol has a lower percentage it may not work as well)
Liquid dropper (we used an old medecine dropper)
Small plastic cup(s)… really we only needed one
Variety of colored Sharpies (we stuck to color wheel colors, no brown or black)
**** Extra Embellishment: (fabric, scissors, iron on paper, and an iron) – we made a sparkley peace sign to put in the center of the shirt.
Choose a spot to start and put your cup in right side up and secure a rubber band around the cup rim holding the shirt tightly in place.
Pick your colors and create a small design in the center of the stretched circle. We kept our designs to the size of a quarter or half dollar because the alcohol will make the colors spread out a lot.
P.S. remember that complimentary colors will turn brown when they mix
using blue and orange together)
Note: I had a piece of plexiglass that we put inside the shirt while working to prevent color bleeding through to the back side (cardboard would work too)
Using your dropper drip approximately 10 drops of rubbing alcohol in the center of your design and watch the colors spread.
One thing we added: we put a couple more dots and lines of color on the outer edges of the circle and added alcohol drops to them just before removing our rubber band…. then we blew on the area to speed the drying and make the colors mix and bleed together in an irregular circle design
I love the instant results of this project!
The fun of it is that you can do it any way you want! And it’s so easy!
Today’s crafts are in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. It is such a fabulous holiday. So here are a few ideas to make it even better. Leprechaun foot prints throughout the house. What a fun surprise for the kids!
Here is a little something the kids can bring into class to share the love of the Irish with all their friends.
BONUS: if you click on the link ,the printable is Free! c/o Rebecca Cooper
The Christmas Countdown Chain–remember making this classic craft as a kid? Such a simple project for a snowy afternoon and it brings even more fun to the anticipation of Christmas day! Young children can practice counting the number of chains left each day.
Another good paper craft for a snowy afternoon is this Paper Bag Reindeer from Kaboose.com crafts. Make one for each of Santa’s reindeer and put on a puppet show!
Use white glue to attach the black pom-pom to the flap of the bag. (See photo.)
Cut out the eyes using the pattern as a guide. You will need two brown/tan eyelids, two white eyes, and two black pupils. Assemble the eyes with a glue stick. Use the glue stick to attach the eyes to the front of the bag above the pom-pom nose. (See photo.)
Cut a strip of black paper with width of the paper bag, about one inch wide. Cut a small piece of black paper for the nametag hanger. Glue the small strip to the center of the larger strip so that it is hanging down.
Use gold paint pen to write “Comet” on the red plastic lid. Glue the lid to the bag, overlapping the small black strip (hanger). (See photo.)
Use a generous amount of white craft glue to attach 4 jingle bells to the black strip (collar). (See photo.)
Trace child’s hands onto brown/tan paper and cut out. Use glue stick to attach the hands to the back of the bag as the antlers.
To make this puppet into Rudolph, use a red pom-pom and write “Rudy” on the plastic lid.
Instead of hand print antlers, you can simply cut simple antlers from brown paper.
You can use large wiggle eyes instead of our pattern if you prefer.
Made popular by the 1997 movie, Flubber is just as fun a decade later. It’s easy to make, and the kids will have a blast playing with this slimy goo.
What you need:
3 tsp. Borax (non-toxic/available by laundry detergents)
2 cups of white glue
What to do:
In a large container, (such as a pail), combine 1.5 cups warm water, 2 cups white glue and food coloring.
In a second, smaller container, combine 11/3 cups warm water with 3 tsp. Borax.
Mix ingredients in each container thoroughly.
Pour contents of small container into the large container.
Gently lift and turn the mixture until approximately a tablespoon of liquid is left. Flubber will be sticky at first. Let excess liquid drip off. Flubber will then be ready!
Storage and Safety Guidelines:
Store Flubber in an airtight container for about 3 weeks of use. Flubber is non-edible. When you are through with it, discard in a trash container. Do not wash down the drain.
Decorate any of your bags, lunch bag, school bag, workout bag, or apple picking bag with this cute apple tree design perfect for Fall!!
– Fabric Bag
How to make it:
1. Fold over some newspaper and insert it into the fabric bag, laying it flat so that the paint will not seep through.
2. With a brush, use brown paint to fashion a tree trunk and let dry
3. Then use a horizontally cut apple to make leaves by brushing a thin layer of green fabric paint onto the apple and pressing it around the top of the trunk.
4. Repeat several times (make sure to look for the star in the print). After the green paint dries, cut an apple in half vertically. Pick the side that still has the stem and brush with red fabric paint. Then “hang” juicy apples on the tree.