It wasn't until I was researching how many different ways you could use the Tulip Tie Dye that I started to get excited. You can make stripes, paint your own designs freehand, tie dye fun shapes - the list goes on and on and you can find instruction on how to do all these methods in the pamphlet that comes in the box or right here online. After reading through all of the methods the Ombre technique sounded like something I would love.
Next problem was, what am I going to use this fun tie dye technique on? A shirt, a skirt, a scarf, maybe a wooden frame? Nah, you know what I am going to tie dye - A WREATH!! I debated between buying cotton ribbon to dye and then fashion into a wreath or tie dying some white cotton to make into a fabric wreath but ultimately I decided to make a white fabric wreath and then use the ombre tie dying technique right on the finished wreath. Taking the first spray of dye onto my luxe & lovely wreath was really, really hard for me, but it was SO worth it in the end - take a look for yourself before I explain how to create this look for yourself!
Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit (includes gloves, rubber bands, idea guide and dye w/ bottles)
Here is my blank canvas. A 10" white cotton fabric wreath.
Following the instructions for the Ombre technique I put on my gloves (trust me, this is one of the most important steps of the process if you don't want blue nail beds for a week), mixed my Turquoise dye bottle from the kit with water and shook until all the powder disolved. I then transfered my dye to a spray bottle.
1) Starting with the bottom of your "canvas" you want to spray an even line of dye from left to right and back. Depending on how tall your "canvas" is adjust how tall your first line of dye will be. Nothing about this has to be exact but having a game plan will help. 2) After you are satisfied with your bottom layer, refill your spray bottle with water to dilute the dye and then spray your canvas again, going a little higher. 3) Repeat this process until you reach the top of where you want your "canvas" to be dyed. I decided that I wanted the very top to still be white so I didn't go all the way up. 4) Wrap your canvas in plastic and allow to set for 6-8 hours.
If you are dying a shirt or other clothing items that can be washed, follow the instruction in the kit on how to set your item. Obviously I can not put a wreath through the wash :)
I chose to work outside on my front porch using a card table that I covered with the surface cover included in my box. I STRONGLY recommend you get this cover if it isn't included in your kit. It made clean up a breeze and I was more at ease while doing the project. You can see in this photo how well the cover protected my card table. Because this technique calls for you to spray the dye it tends to not stay in one place.
After letting the wreath dry over night I hung it on my front door and Ta-da! A beautiful ombre wreath that I think would be PERFECT for a pool party, a baby shower, a birthday, or just an everyday decoration on your door!
While I was dying my wreath I decided to try the technique on a T-shirt, too (just in case the wreath was a total flop). I cut out a freezer paper stencil of a turtle and ironed it on the shirt before I started. I wouldn't totally recommend that method of you really want the negative area under your cut out to stay sharp because as your freezer paper gets wet from the dye it starts to lift off the shirt. But you could still see the turtle faintly after I was done so my daughter was pretty excited about it all!
Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye kits are available at Walmart, Walmart Canada, Michaels, JoAnn, A.C. Moore, Hobby Lobby, Hancock Fabrics, Meijer. Tie dye kit contents and colors may vary by store.
For more information on the product and to see many more beautiful examples of how to use them I recommend you find ILoveToCreate.com through any of these forms of social media (Facebook is always my favorite but maybe not yours!)
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I would love to see what Tie-Dye projects you come up with - if you have any other good ideas let me know and I can try it out for you possibly!!