Last week you were able to read all about our team building exercises that included Jell-o shots. While we were imbibing we were also having a great time tie-dying t-shirts for our upcoming 60's theme party. We love any excuse to party, and the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock is a great reason to get together.
Since many of you are planning on having Woodstock theme parties next month we thought we would share our super easy process for tie-dying shirts as a party activity. (Jello shots optional)
Step One: Buy Your Supplies
You can ask all of your guests to bring a t-shirt to tie-dye (that's what we did), or you can provide white t-shirts for your guests. We bought two tie-dye kits for the local craft store at about $10 each. Each kit dyes up to 8 shirts, and that gave us a mix of 6 colors to choose from. The kits also came with gloves and rubber bands. The only other thing we needed was plastic to protect the table and plastic bags to send the shirts home in.
Step Two: Prepare The Shirts
First you need to soak the shirts in water and ring them out. Place the shirt right side down on your work surface. Place a finger in the center of the shirt and start turning it until you have a nice flat pie shape. Now remove your finger gently; try not to disturb the center spiral. Place the bands around the shirt keeping the whole thing as flat as possible.
Step Three: Dye The Shirts
FYI - These dyes will stain your clothes, carpet, table, hands and anything they come in contact with. Wear the gloves and cover your stuff with plastic, or do this activity outside.
The dyes are already in the squeeze bottles, all you have to add is warm water to them. Have paper towels ready to clean up the colorful drips!
Start with the lightest color you are going to use, and apply the dye in sections to the front side. Then flip the shirt over and do the other side. It is best to flip it over onto a new plastic bag or paper plate so the shirt does not pick up splotches of extra dye from a dirty surface.
Step Four: Sending Them Home
Since the shirts are going home with your party guests you should provide a clean ziploc bag they can place them in to transport them home. So no one gets mixed up you can print these fun labels on Avery 5264 label paper.
Let your guests know to let the shirts sit for 10-24 hours, then they can be rinsed. Just run the shirt under the tap for a while and then take the bands off. After the water starts to run clear they can wash the shirt normally in the washing machine, but the first time it should be washed by itself.
Here is one more shot of us fooling around with the Hippie Bus Cutout, all the vodka and dye has addled our wits (yes, cardboard Obama joined us for the pic). What can I say? Party411.com is never a dull place.
Tie-dying t-shirts for your Woodstock party is a fantastic activity and party favor rolled into one. We are going to share more Woodstock theme party ideas in the next few days (subscribe to our feed so you don't miss any!)