Wilton dyes in – green, yellow, & two other colors of your choice for flowers
Disposable piping bags & small couplers
Wilton tips #102, #3, #233, #67
I really love how the Sweets & Treats Boutique green dot liners really add to the overall look of the cupcake! I’m a firm believer that the cupcake shouldn’t just look pretty on top where the frosting is, but the it should be cute from top to bottom!
Prepare the green cake mix as instructed on the package and bake them in the Sweets & Treats Bake Bright green dot liners. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
Separate the buttercream into two… 2/3 in one bowl and 1/3 in another.
Separate the 2/3 buttercream into three equal parts. Leave one white and color the other two any color you want for the flowers.
Separate the 1/3 buttercream in two parts, 2/3 and 1/3. Color the 1/3 yellow and the 2/3 green.
Fit the piping bag with the #102 small petal tip and fill the piping bag with the first color.
Place a dab of frosting onto a parchment square and place it on the flower nail. Pipe 7-8 petals onto the square, spinning the flower nail as you pipe. (See the video for more details) Place the flower onto the baking sheet. Repeat with the other two colors of buttercream until you’ve made at least 3-5 flowers per cupcake. (For more details on how to pipe the flowers, see the Cake Style video that inspired me to make these cupcakes)
Fill a piping bag fitted with the #3 small round tip with the yellow buttercream. Pipe 6-8 dots of yellow into the center of each flower. (See the video for more details)
Freeze all the flowers until they are firm.
Fill a piping bag fitted with the #233 grass tip with the green buttercream. Pipe little shoots of grass onto the top of each cupcake. (See the video for more details)
Fill a piping bag fitted with the #67 leaf tip with green buttercream. Pipe dabs of frosting onto the top of the grass. This will act like the glue to hold on the flowers.
Working with 3-5 flowers at a time out of the freezer, gently peel each flower off the parchment square and place it onto the cupcake. Place as many as you like in whatever way you feel looks best. (See video for more details)
Pipe leaves with the green buttercream around the flowers.
Repeat until all the cupcakes are covered.
NOTE: The flowers get soft very quickly, so keep them chilled until you are ready to place them on the cupcake.
I am so super in love with how well these cupcakes turned out. Piping the flowers first, chilling them and then placing them on top created the perfect little pot of flowers!
When the buttercream flowers come to room temperature, they meld onto each other making it impossible to tell how they were place on the cupcakes! I had people amazed and how I made these!
So whether you’re hosting a garden party, a bake sale or just want to make something adorable, these Flower Pot Cupcakes are perfect for all your cupcake needs!
Whether you need a unique hostess gift or Easter decor for your home, these Spring Painted Candy Jars are uncomplicated to make and incredibly adorable!
Last year in my Glam Easter Brunch & Tablescape, I used upcycled jam jars filled with candies and topped with a porcelain bunny as a part of the decor. This year, since I’m still in love with the filled-jar concept, I wanted to do something a littler different.
I created a set of Spring Painted Candy Jars filled with pastel jelly beans which became the centerpiece of my entire home decor for the season.
They are absolutely adorable and I actually ended up going to Home Goods after I made them to buy a coordinating table runner (the bunny one in the pictures) and placemats for my dining table! I’m obsessed with the mint and yellow pastels this season!
To make these jars, you’ll need only a few things…
*I chose the chalk paint because I love the look of it when it’s dry. You can use any water-based paint you want for these jars.
Using these templates (tall bunny & short bunny), cut out the bunnies using a vinyl sticker cutting machine to the size of your jars.
Apply the vinyl stick onto a clean jar.
Paint the outside of the jar. Do not worry about painting the bottom, you won’t see it when it’s finished. Wait a few minutes before adding a second coat of paint. Repeat with a 3rd coat if necessary.
While the paint is still a bit sticky and before it is completely dry, gently peel off the vinyl stickers. Do not wait until the paint is completely dry because it may chip when you pull the vinyl away.
Using a slightly wet q-tip or a damp towel, clean up any edges where the paint may have seeped under the vinyl.
Touch up the edges with the paint brush if necessary.
Paint the jar lids also with at least 2 coats. Allow the paint to dry completely on all parts before assembling.
Fill the jars with candy and screw on the lids.
Cut a piece of lace or ribbon to fit the size of the lid of the jar. Place it around the lid and apply a small dollop of hot glue onto the jar and press the ribbon into place. Hold for a few seconds to secure.
Optionally, hot glue a porcelain bunny to the top of the jars.
I am not a painter by any means, so I did this project with zero skill or knowledge of what I was doing. Which means ANYONE can do this! I learned a few things along the way that hopefully will make it easier for you if you try it.
You don’t have to make your jars look exactly like mine. Let my jars be an inspiration to you! Pick colors you love, candy you love, and ribbon you love! Make it your own!
If you don’t have access to a cutting machine, try having them custom made from a vendor on ETSY. My neighbor, Robby of Drapela Designs, made mine for me for very inexpensive. You can find him on ETSY here and Facebook here if you’d like him to make them for you too!
Size the bunnies before cutting them. Measure your jar and decide what width and height will work best for your jars.
Do not lift up the vinyl sticker once you have placed it. Make sure you know exactly where you want it before you press it down. Lifting it up will cause the edges to get dirty and dusty and will allow the paint to seep under the sticker. Also, try to keep the sticker on the flattest part of the jar. If you a place it too high or too low it will not lay flat where the jar curves.
Like I said above, do not let the paint dry all the way before removing the vinyl stickers. This step is very important! I made the mistake of doing that and I had a lot of touch-up work to do. You want the paint still tacky and wet so that it does not crack when you remove the stickers. A toothpick or tweezers can be helpful when trying to remove the vinyl.
Take your time! When I get really excited about a project, I often try to rush things. Don’t do that here. Take your time, enjoy the process and make sure you do good work the first time!
Create an inexpensive, colorful, and fun Curious George Party using these simple and creative ideas!
A month after my family moved from Germany to Virginia, my son turned 4 years old and I needed to put together a party for him. The party was only going to be family so the party didn’t have to be too elaborate, but I still wanted it to be special. I decided to create a dessert table as the focal point for the party.
I covered the sideboard the eat-in kitchen area of my living room with a white table runner. Instead of completely covering the entire sideboard, the white create a neutral color to showcase everything that sat on top.
Since this is a Curious George Party, I chose to use primary colors in all my decor… red, yellow, and blue. I purchased inexpensive cake stands in yellow and white from Target and Home Goods and used a crystal cake stand I already had. Using pedestals creates height on the table and adds drama.
Using balloons as a backdrop is one of my favorite ways to decorate. I had my husband run to the party store the morning of the party so the balloons would stay up all day. Placing them behind the sideboard created an easy, inexpensive, height-creating, dramatic look that tied all the colors of the party together.
I already had these tissue tassels from earlier parties, so I strung the colors I wanted on bakers twine and hung it front of the sideboard. Party supply stores sell these premade as well as vendors on ETSY, so if you wanted to save yourself some time I’d suggest buying from there. Making tissue tassels is very time-consuming!
Finally, I bought red and yellow paper plates and napkins from the party supply store and set them out on the sideboard to add more color. It also wouldn’t be a Curious George party without Curious George himself! So I placed a few of the books we had around the house and one on the side table!
If you know anything about me, you know that I can never just make one dessert for a party. Ha! I always make at least two, usually three or four… regardless of how many people will be attending the party! For Matty’s Curious George Party, I made these chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream. Now since the flavors, which Matty requested, were basic I needed to make sure that the colors of the cupcakes matched the theme.
For the liners, I used Sweets & Treats Boutique yellow dot #BakeBright grease-proof cupcake liners</a>. I topped the cupcakes with a blue buttercream, red jimmies and yellow banana candies. Matty picked out Curious George rings from the cake supply store and they brought the entire cupcake together on theme!
The cake was a banana cake with brown sugar cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Not only did I have some ripe bananas on hand, the banana flavor paired perfectly with the Curious George theme. Monkeys love bananas!
I topped the cake with Curious George on a train and filled the train car with banana candies. I carried over the red jimmies from the cupcakes on to the cake and displayed it all on the white and yellow stand. Everything is coordinating without being too matchy-matchy.
I found a #4 cookie cutter at the cake supply store and made a single batch of my soft sugar cookies and frosted them with blue buttercream. I love how cutting the cookies in a number 4 added a subtle, personalized touch to the party.
To add another dimension of fun to the dessert table, I purchased red, yellow and blue candies from the party supply store. I displayed them in an inexpensive bowl but the impact of it was super cute and Matty loves getting a piece or two of candy from the bowl even after his party is over.
Matty picked the Curious George theme based on the cake and cupcake toppers he saw at the cake supply store. He really enjoyed watching me put it together for him in the days leading up to his party!
I created a coordinating focal point using a second sideboard I had in the same room by covering it completely. I used an inexpensive disposable table cover and essentially wrapped it like a gift securing the extra behind the sideboard. This area was used for displaying the gifts and it created a place to put the one activity I had planned.
Speaking of party activities, since there was only going to be Matty at this party, I didn’t need to plan a bunch of activities. Instead, I simply left half of the number four sugar cookies unfrosted and set out the buttercream and toppings I used on the cupcakes with them for my guests to decorate themselves!
I’m not sure who had more fun, Uncle Greg, Grandpa or Matty.
It was a pretty special day for Matty. Not only was it his 4th birthday, but he met his Grandma Linda for the first time.
It was also the first time in 15 years that Dave’s side of the family was under the same roof. It was pretty amazing that son could bring them all together again. It was a very special day.
The holidays are about dressing up and making memories with the ones you love. This season, I created a festive & fun holiday outfit for under $100 that is just too fabulous not to share!
You may be wondering what this baking blogger is doing sharing a fashion post. Let me explain. A few months ago I started dreaming up an idea to host a Holiday Tea Party! All my best girlfriends would come over wearing their favorite festive outfit, drink tea and coffee from my gorgeous new Bavarian porcelain tea set, eat good food and have a fabulous time!
Of course, I needed something fabulous to wear to the party but knew it would be a bit difficult to put the perfect outfit together here in Germany. I’m a larger woman and it’s difficult to find unique things to wear here… so I decided to DIY the outfit myself!
This was my vision.
A black tulle skirt with a beautiful red satin belt and bow, a basic fitted white tee with Merry & Bright in gold glitter and a bold statement necklace to set it all off.
And this is the manifestation of my vision!
Unfortunately, I had to cancel the Holiday Tea Party due to extreme personal issues out of my control. However, I did not want this beautiful outfit to go to waste. So, I enlisted the help of local photographer Veronika Rayno of Bear Moose & Fox Photography to bring my vision to life in a holiday photo shoot!
Veronika and I ventured to the nearby city of Weiden, Germany and their Christmas Market to take these pictures. The Weihnachtsmarkt made the perfect backdrop to showcase my ensemble!
The tulle skirt was made by a local seamstress Carol of Maddy’s Girl. Carol had made a rainbow tutu for me in the past for the Nurnberg Color Run so I knew she would be able to help me create my vision for this skirt. There are many places on ETSY and even at retail stores like Lane Bryant that you could buy a plus-size tulle skirt, but I have found them to be very expensive. I wanted to ensure I had a quality skirt that fit my body perfectly which is why a local retailer was the perfect option for me. Carol sized & fitted the skirt to fit my waist perfectly and measured to the perfect tea-length. The tulle skirt twirls when I spin and is simply gorgeous. The total cost for this skirt was $45.
The merry & bright shirt came together so easily. I designed the ‘merry & bright’ in Photoshop and found a vendor on ETSY to cut it on gold glitter iron-on vinyl for me. Any plain white round neck shirt could have been used for this, so I chose an inexpensive one from my local department store. The iron-on transfer took less than 5 minutes to apply making my shirt the perfect match for the tulle skirt. The entire cost for the shirt was about $15.
Because I didn’t want to spend more than $100 on the entire outfit, I accessorized the look with a combination of jewelry I already had and a few purchased pieces. The statement necklace came from H&M and the bow earrings & the black ring from C&A. The rose gold Fossil watch and Kate Spade bow bracelet I already owned as well as the gold-buckled black ballet flats. The purchased accessories cost $20.
The great thing about putting together a holiday outfit like this is that the accessory possibilities are endless. Once you have the tulle skirt and shirt almost any accessories or shoes could be paired with it!
When I saw these bow earrings at C&A, I knew they’d be perfect for this outfit because I was going to wear my favorite Kate Spade New York bow bracelet. The subtle matching of the earrings and bracelet bring the mixed pieces of jewelry together so effortlessly.
I really am just so completely thrilled with how the entire look came together! It’s unique. It’s one-of-a-kind. It’s special. It’s magical.
I couldn’t let the opportunity to be photographed in this beautiful tulle skirt pass me by, so Veronika also took a few shots of me to feature on my blog. I didn’t want them to be holiday themed, so I took the red belt off the skirt and changed into a black shirt making my outfit completely new!
This photo by the grape vines was taken completely on a whim, but I absolutely love it.
Being photographed really isn’t my favorite thing in the world. I am not the most comfortable person in my body right now since I’ve gained back a lot of the weight I lost after my weight loss surgery in 2010. However, I do like to feel pretty and I knew that creating this festive & fun holiday outfit would make me feel pretty!
No matter what size you are… looking and feeling beautiful doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. With a little planning, imagination and effort your dream holiday outfit can be possible too!
A big thank you to Carol & Veronika for helping to make me feel and look beautiful!
Make sure to check out their websites and pages to help you make your next event perfect!
You don’t actually have to tie dye to host an exciting and fun Tie Dye Party! Learn how to throw a colorful, fun tie dye themed party with these decorating ideas, themed desserts and party games!
In this second week of my Tie Dye Tuesday series, I’ll be sharing with you how I hosted a tie dye themed party with my family and friends. The ideas in this party could be easily transformed to suit any birthday, seasonal, baby shower, or themed party you’re hosting!
I knew that I wanted everything to be tie dyed when it came to the decor and look of this party. I also knew that I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg making or buying the supplies for that. So, I decided on a few high impact decor pieces that would really set them theme for the party.
I created a table cover for my dining room table by tie dying a 100% cotton white twin size bed sheet. This was the perfect size sheet to cover my 6 person table. Later in the party, I was able to use the dyed sheet as a photo back drop for family pictures.
Below is the technique I used to fold and dye the sheet to get this pattern. For a complete tutorial on how to tie dye, you’ll need to check out my DIY Tie Dye Shirts tutorial Instead of shirts, use a sheet and follow the below instructions on how to fold and tie it. I used raspberry, blue and orchid for colors, but you can use any colors you want. I suggest using at least 3 colors for the most dramatic effect.
Folding & Banding Technique:
Fold a 100% cotton white twin size top sheet into thirds the long way, then thirds again until it created a square.
Pinch the center of the square and began twisting until all of the fabric has created a spiral.
Tie 6-8 rubber bands across the spiral. For a visual, see this tutorial.
Soak in soda ash solution.
When dying, make sure that each color is next to a different color. For example, do not put two pinks together.
Since the fabric has been folded so many times, open the creases of the fabric to ensure that the dye gets into all the layers of the sheet. If you don’t do this, when it opens up you’ll have more white than color.
Since I had several tie dye shirts on hand, I decided to display them on the walls of my living room as decor. I fastened bakers twine to two reusable hooks on either side of the largest window in my living room. Using clothes pins, I attached the shirts across the twine to look like bunting! I love how the sun shined through the shirts really bringing out their vibrant colors.
It really made a WOW factor when people walked in because it was in their immediate line of sight from the front door. This tie dye bunting could be done with any size shirt that has been dyed.
Not everything needs to be homemade. I had these red lanterns and yellow tissue paper tassels from a previous event and put the two together and hung them in front of my staircase to just add another place where a pop of color could be seen. Use whatever you have already in your house to create pops of color.
In addition to making the food tie dye… I picked up these fun tie dyed plates and napkins from the party section at my grocery store. If you can’t find these exactly, an assortment of colors or any bold colors would work perfectly!
And of course, I had mason jars everywhere to add more color to the room! For this jar, I filled it with an assortment of paper straws from Sweets & Treats Boutique.
This fabric garland is made from 4 100% cotton flour sack towels that I dyed then cut into strips. If you aren’t familiar with a flour sack towel is, it’s simply a light weight towel that doesn’t fray. It gets its name from the days when families used to bring home their flour in large 50-100lb bags and once empty, they would cut the bags into towel size and use them for cleaning around the house. These towels are the perfect size and texture to make a fabric garland! Plus, they are very inexpensive.
It doesn’t really matter what designs or patterns you dye the towels. The only suggestion I have is to make four different patterns so that the colors don’t lay the same on the garland.
After the towels have been laundered, fold them in half then cut into 1-inch strips. Tie each tassel around a piece of rope or twine (I used bakers twine). These four towels made a garland that was about 8 feet long, but you can make it as short as you’d like. If you space the tassels out wider the garland would be longer.
Overall, this tie dye tassel garland made a great backdrop for my dessert table!
Tie Dye Desserts
The party I hosted was an afternoon party, so a meal wasn’t necessary. I decided on a tie dye themed dessert table that centered around a tower filled with two dozen cupcakes and a mini cake topper… all in tie-dye theme!
NOTE: Recipes for all the desserts will be on the next 4 Tie Dye Tuesdays! So make sure you come back to see how I created all of this deliciousness!
Tie Dye Cake: Using a box cake mix, I divided the cake into 6 colors and pour them into two 6in round cake pans creating a tie dye look. I covered the entire cake in classic buttercream and used rainbow candies to decorate the outside of the cake. A simple, fun way to create a tie dye cake! Topping the cake is a super cute tie dye shirt bunting. All the details to make this cake including the recipe & bunting printable will be available in an upcoming #TieDyeTuesday!
Tie Dye Cupcakes: To complete the tower, I used the same dyed cake batter and made cupcakes in bright liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique. I made 4 cupcakes in each color and arranged them on the tower in rainbow order. I absolutely love how it all came together!
Tie Dye Marshmallows: Along with the cupcakes & cake, I made homemade tie dye marshmallows! These were a surprise to my guests and they could not believe I had actually made my own marshmallows. The process was quick and easier than I thought possible and the end result were the most delicious little cubes of marshmallow goodness!
Tie Dye Cake Pops: My favorite dessert of the party were these cake pops! Although cake pops are my nemesis, they tasted so good! If you’ve been a reader of mine for a while, you’ll know that I despise making these little buggers… but I love eating them! Going along with the theme of the party, these cake pops were filled with tie dye cake and covered in rainbow sprinkles! YUM!
Tie Dye Trix Treats: It can’t be a party with out rice krispy treats. Well, not exactly rice krispies… but Trix Treats! I used Trix cereal to create a more colorful marshmallow treat for this party! A couple of people asked to take the extras of these home cause they loved them so much!
Tie Dye Sugar Cookies: I’m most proud of these tie dye sugar cookies! I’m not one to make sugar cookies with royal icing, I’m a buttercream girl… but I was not certain I could create the look I was going for with buttercream. My husband actually helped me create the tie dye designs on these t-shirt shaped sugar cookies and I think they turned out so amazing! Everyone at the party loved them and they fit the theme perfectly!
Tie Dye Drinks: Since there was so much sugar to eat, I wanted to keep the drinks simple. I made orange, red and purple ice cubes using unsweetened Kool-aid powder to color the water before freezing in ice-cube trays. Each person put three colored cubes in a cup, poured in Sprite, added a fun paper straw from Sweets & Treats then enjoyed as their drink changed colors! So much fun!
Tie Dye Activities
During the party, I had two individual activities and one group/family activity planned. The two individual were at-your-own-pace pace projects while the group was during a specific time. All of them worked perfectly for this party!
Tie Dye Butterflies: Since I didn’t actually want to dye anything at my tie dye party, I still wanted to have a tie dye craft that any age could do. No dye needed to make these super cute tie dye butterflies but they have the tie dye effect!
Dropper or baby medicine syringe
Watercolor paint or watercolor markers
Crafting pipe cleaners
Plastic plates, trays, baking sheets
Set up all your supplies on a table in easy reach of the kids. I used mason jars to hold the markers and all the various supplies. Place a tray or plate where each person will be making a butterfly. You’ll need something to catch the extra alcohol.
One baby wipe at a time, tie rubber bands in knots all around the wipe. Use the water-color paint or markers to color each section of the wipe making sure to get into the cracks.
Using the dropper or syringe, squeeze a few drops of alcohol on all the places you added color.
Untie the rubber bands and unfold the wipe. You should have a beautiful tie dye design!
Lay or hang the wipe to dry.
Once dry, bring together the center of the wipe and attach a clothes pin. Draw a face on the pin.
Fold a 4-5in piece of pipe cleaner into a V shape and twist the ends to create antenna for the butterfly. Attach it at the top of the clothes pin above the head of the butterfly.
Tie Dye Lollipops: The kids LOVED the end result of this project. And although there’s only one ingredient to make them, these tie dye lollipops are a crowd pleaser!
Jolly Ranchers hard candy in various colors, smashed into pea sized chunks.
Baking sheet with parchment paper
Oven heated to 225F degrees.
Draw circles at least an inch apart down both sides of the parchment paper. Flip the paper over so the sharpie won’t touch the candy.
Have each child place any combination of colors of crushed candy onto a circle making sure the circle is full of candy.
Once the tray is full, bake until the candy begins to soften and melt… about 4-6 minutes. Watch the candy carefully because if they melt too much the suckers will get too thin and run all over the pan.
Allow to cool completely on the pan before removing. Enjoy!
Colors Scavenger Hunt: Each family was given this Colors Scavenger Hunt Sheet (click that link to download and print) and were given the direction to, as a family, find an object that was completely each color on the chart outside in the neighborhood. This could be done indoors too if it’s not nice outside.
Once they found the item, they were to take a “selfie” or a family photo with the kids or parents with that item. Once each family was done, they met back at the party for a prize!
When each family came back, everyone was rewarded with their own set of tie dye socks. I didn’t make these, but instead bought them at the store… they were too cute not to incorporate into the party! These are most of the toes that were at the party! Babies, Moms, Dads and Kids!
Tie Dye Family Photos: While each family was out on the scavenger hunt, I took the large tie dyed table cover and hung it from a large opening in my living room. As each family arrived back from the scavenger hunt, I had them stand as together for a family photo. The day after the party, I sent every family a copy of the picture as a THANK YOU for coming!
Welcome to Tie Dye Tuesday! Starting today and for the next 6 weeks, every Tuesday will be all about Tie Dye! I’ll be teaching you how to create beautiful tie dye shirts, table covers & fabric garlands as well as tie dye cupcakes, tie dye cake pops, a tie dye cake & tie dye shirt cake topper, tie dye marshmallows, tie dye cookies and finally a tie dye party!
You may be wondering why tie dye? I have to give all the credit to my sweet neighbor Amanda because she is the tie dye queen! This is Amanda and her beautiful family all in tie dye at my tie dye party (that’ll you’ll read all about in the final installment of this series). She has been tie dying for years and has learned all the best ways to create vibrant, beautiful shirts and agreed to teach me everything she knows.
Today’s DIY Tie Dye Shirts tutorial comes from all of Amanda’s experience and expertise! Thank you Amanda for taking the time to teach me! I am so excited that your passion has now become my passion and something we will share and remember for ever!
But first things first, we need to learn to tie dye! If you want further details on this technique, visit the Dharma Trading, Co website. All the dyes and further instructions can be found there for Amanda’s technique.
Once you’ve got the supplies and learned this technique… anything is possible!
Like these baby onsies that Amanda made. Aren’t they about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?
And my family of tie dye shirts. One for Dave, Me, Matty and Emily!
I even made a tie dye fabric garland and a tie dye table cover for a party!
I also used this table cover as a family photo backdrop which you can see in the picture of Amanda and her family above!
So, let’s get started!
DIY Tie Dye Shirts Tutorial
Anything that is white & 100% cotton like a t-shirt, tablecloth, sheet, etc
Soda Ash (Wasch soda in German): Soda ash is the active ingredient in washing soda. The chemical name for it is sodium carbonate and is more basic, that is, less acidic, than sodium bicarbonate or baking soda. The purpose of sodium carbonate is simply to increase pH. Soda ash mixed with water should be used as a pre-soak when tie-dyeing with fiber reactive dye. If you don’t use enough, the dye won’t yield full strength. Caution! The soda ash solution is mildly caustic – it can irritate your skin. Wear gloves and eye protection. Rinse off at once to avoid eye and skin irritation.
Fiber Reactive Dye There is no better dye for natural fabrics than Fiber Reactive Procion type Dye. Yes, you can buy dye from the craft or grocery store but it will not yield such bright, brilliant colors as the fiber reactive dye does. This dye creates permanent colors that don’t fade, even after repeated washings. After learning this method, I will not tie dye any other way!
Dharma Trading Co. has 130 colors of dye to choose from at reasonable prices. No, they didn’t pay me to say this but from the experience I had using their product and by how much Amanda raves about this dye, I don’t need to try anything else. Dharma also has starter kits which include everything you need to dye on small and large scales!
Prepare your supplies by getting them all out. Pick your colors of dye.
Put on the face mask & gloves. Prepare the soda ash wash by combining 1 cup of soda ash per gallon of warm water. One gallon will soak 10-12 adult XL shirts.
This is the fun part! Plan the design you want to create and then start tying the rubber bands on your shirt! There are many books & tutorials already on the web to help you pick a design, so I’ll just link you to a few here, here and here.My favorite technique that Amanda taught me is the giant swirl. Simply lay your shirt flat then decide where you want the center of your swirl to be. Pinch the fabric there then start twisting it so the fabric wraps around itself. Tuck/fold the edges in and wrap rubber bands across the entire roll of shirt. Place the bands all ways across the shirt. For more details & step-by-step photos on how to create this look, check out this tutorial.
NOTE: The tighter you tie your rubber bands, the more white will show at the end. So if you want a lot of white, tie tight and if you want a little white, tie loose.
Soak the tied garments in the soda ash wash at least 20 minutes but can be soaked longer. Squeeze out the garment so it is damp but not dripping. You can reuse solution until gone.
While the shirts are soaking, prepare the dye in the squeeze bottles according to the manufactures instructions. TRICK: If you don’t have a funnel, bend a note card into a funnel shape and secure with a piece of tape to create a funnel to scoop the dye into the bottles.
Scoop the required amount of dye (here’s the guide for Dharma dyes) into the bottle and mix with warm water. TIP: Start with 1/3 a bottle of warm water, place the cap and lid securely on top, then shake the bottle to mix the dye. Once mixed, fill the bottle with more warm water.
Place all the bottles in a bucket or similar to transport and keep from spilling on things you don’t want dyed.
To dye the shirts, you’ll need something to catch the extra dye. Here we’ve used a large rubber bin and a piece of wire fencing. A tin foil pan with a cooling rack would work the same. Really, any type of setup like this would work. Starting with one color at a time, squeeze the color onto the shirt. The rubber bands create separation in color and will remain white under. Be creative and have fun with this part. There is no right or wrong way to place the color. TIP: Make sure to get into the cracks of the shirt to ensure that all layers of it get colored.
Place the completely colored shirt in a ziplock bag and set in another bucket. They will need to soak overnight.
After they have set overnight, it’s time to rinse out the dye. The easiest way to do this in a bathtub with a detachable shower head, but a utility sink would work well also. Remember, this is dye so it will stain! Using COLD water, rinse out as much of the dye as you can while the rubber bands are still on the shirt. Squeeze the shirt several times to help press the dye out. Once most of the dye has been rinsed, remove the rubber bands to reveal your hard work! This is the BEST PART! Seriously, it’s so awesome to open up the shirt and be amazing, surprised and awed at what you just created!
Once all your shirts have been rinsed, wash and dry them normally in your home washer & dryer. As long as you followed these steps and used the fiber reactive dye the color should not fade!
My favorite part about learning to tie dye has been wearing my creations. I’ve never made my own clothes before, let alone clothes that are bold in color and eye catching! Dying these shirts inspired me to do this blog series and in the coming weeks I’ll be showing you cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, a cake and cake topper, homemade marshmallows and how I made the garland and table cover! So make sure to come back next week for more tie dye fun!