I love tie dying ANYTHING and I saw so many tutorials on tie dying with ice. The results were beautiful but, as the snow was falling here in Maryland, I thought why not try it with snow! I know what you are thinking, tie dye is a Summer activity (until now!). This DIY project works perfect for this time of year when the weather is constantly changing. One day its cold and snowy and the next its 50 degrees….or is that just Maryland weather that can’t make up its mind!? Either way, its a great activity for your next snow day!
- Rubber Bands
- Fabric Powder Dye
- 3 yards of White or Off White Cloth
- Trash Bag
Before you start this project, I recommend that you wash and dry the fabric without fabric softener. This will help with the dye absorption.
Step 1: Lay the fabric out flat and start twisting the fabric into small circles (see picture below) and then rubber band at the spot. You will need to repeat this process over and over, until you are happy with the amount of rubber band “knots” that you have in your fabric. *Remember: More rubber band “knots” means more white space on the fabric after dying it.
There is no right or wrong way to rubber band the fabric! You can be as creative as you would like.
Step 2: Put the fabric into the bucket. Put gloves on and sprinkle the powder dye all over the cloth. You do not need to move the cloth around.
Step 3: Shovel snow on top of the fabric until you reach the top of the bucket. Then let the bucket sit until the snow in the bucket has melted. We left our bucket sitting outside for 2 days and then it warmed up tremendously but, it all depends on the weather in your area. Another suggestion would be to bring the bucket inside and place it somewhere (on an old towel) to melt. Please be aware that the dye does dye ANYTHING so, if you bring it inside use caution.
Step 4: After the snow has melted completely, using gloves, take the fabric out of the bucket and squeeze out as much water as you can. At this time, you can take off all of the rubber bands and check out your design!
Step 5: Then place the fabric into a trash bag (so that it doesn’t drip on anything) and put the fabric in an empty washer and run it once or twice. This will remove any access dye.
Now your fabric is ready for any craft project!
I am going to turn my fabric into a quilted blanket. I will be sure to post pictures and an update as soon as it is finished.
Fingers crossed, that there is a snow day in your future!