DIY Pride Ice Dye Rainbow Shirt
Happy Pride Month! Pride month not only recognizes the long and ongoing fight for equal rights in the LGBTQIA+ community, but is an opportunity to support and celebrate LGBTQIA+ achievements and pride. The rainbow Pride flag reflects both the diversity and unity of the LGBTQIA+ community and sporting rainbow colors is a wonderful way for everyone to participate in Pride. So get in on the celebration with our Rainbow Ice Tie Dye!
If you haven’t tried ice tie dye before, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create beautiful and unique patterns in magical rainbow colors. Grab one of our Kid Made Modern Tie Dye Kits and a few household items and get those rainbow colors rolling.
- Kid Made Modern Tie Dye Kit (we used both our rainbow and pastel kits here)
- White, cotton clothing
- Large bucket or bin
- cooling/baking rack or similar gridded rack
1. Prewash fabric -- give your white cotton clothing a quick wash to remove any soap or additives. You’ll want the fabric damp when you dry it as well.
2. Set up dying racks -- set your gridded racks over a large bucket or bin. You want a deep enough container to catch dyed ice as it melts.
3. Scrunch fabric -- scrunch the damp clothing up into a ball shape. No rhyme or reason here -- this style of tie dye is all about random patterns.
4. Add ice -- place ice on top of the scrunched fabric. Make sure to cover the sides as well.
5. Add dye -- sprinkle dye from our Tie Dye Kit on top of the ice. As the ice melts, it will dilute and carry the dye through the fabric. Place complementary colors next to each other as they may mix and mingle. As the ice melts, you may wish to add in a few more sprinkles of color here and there.
6. Wait! -- the hardest part of tie dying is the wait, but it’s worth it. Wait until the ice melts, and then keep waiting! Let the fabric sit for at least 6-8 hours. We let these sit for about 24 hours (you can wrap with plastic wrap to help them stay damp).
7. Rinse + Set -- when you’re ready, rinse the fabric well with warm water until the excess dye is removed. Then wash on “large load” setting with the hottest water setting for the fabric. Use only a small amount of laundry soap. Wash and dry separately from other clothes. And wash separately for the first few washes to avoid getting dye on other items.
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