Have a tie dye party with your kids

Tie dye fabric comes and goes as fashion trends change, but making your own tie dye clothing is always a fun way to entertain your kids at a party.

You’ll need to do a bit of planning and clear some space to ensure spillage and mess aren’t a problem, but a tie dye party is great fun for kids of all ages.

Here’s a checklist of what you’ll need:

  • A tie dye party kit – you can buy kits at stores like Spotlight or Kmart.
  • Plain white cotton t-shirts.
  • Table(s) – you’ll need enough room for everyone to have a space to dye.
  • Tablecloth(s) on each table – black ones don’t show the dye stains as much.
  • Paper towels.
  • Zip-lock bags – to carry the tie-dyed tees home.
  • Permanent marker.
  • Buckets filled with lukewarm water.
  • Plastic aprons.

It’s a good idea to have a chalkboard or printed instructions for each guest, showing them how to tie dye. Plastic aprons will help to protect clothing and are easy to wash afterwards. The zip-lock bags make it easy to carry the wet tees home and the permanent marker means each guest can label their bag, so everyone takes the correct tee home.

The tie dye kit provides all different coloured dyes, gloves, rubber bands and a guide for creating different types of looks and designs.

It’s a good idea to set a timer, so guests are conscious of how much time they have to make their tie dye t-shirt. Otherwise they can get distracted playing with the dyes, or splashing other guests — who knows what when you mix kids with water, dye and fun?

You can even award prizes for the most creative design, or ice a cake with tie dye icing to add to the atmosphere.