How to Paint a Tie-Dye Looking Wall

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How to Paint a Tie-Dye Looking Wall
A tie dye wall adds a unique touch to any room. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Tie dye is a psychedelic, circular mix of colours reminiscent of the hippie era. It's a pattern often favoured by teenagers and those who like a flashback to the 1960s. To paint a wall in your house in a tie-dye look, the best tool to work with is an open mind and a lot of creativity.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Tie-dye shirt or other object for inspiration
  • (Optional: white T-shirt, tie dye paints, bucket of cold water and rubber bands to create your own tie-dye shirt)
  • Blank white wall
  • Pencil
  • Paint in different colours of your choice
  • Paintbrush
  • Painter's tape

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    Find a tie-dye shirt, sheet, pillowcase or other item for inspiration in a pattern that you like. If you can't find one that you like, create one yourself using a white cotton T-shirt, tie-dye paints, a bucket of cold water and some rubber bands. Drop a few drops of each colour into the water and swirl it around. Roll up your T-shirt, twisting it as you go, and place rubber bands around it to secure it in place. Dunk it in the bucket of coloured water and leave it there according to the directions on the paint box. Take the shirt out, wring out the excess water and remove the rubber bands. Hang the shirt to dry. Repeat this as many times as you want to obtain a tie-dye look that you like.

  2. 2

    Sketch the outline of the pattern that you wish to paint on your wall using the pencil so you can erase any mistakes. Use the T-shirt as your guide. A tie-dye look is usually a mix of overlapping circles of all different sizes, with lines jutting out around the border of each circle for a messier look. Some tie-dye items are completely full of colour, while others have circles of colour on a white background.

  3. 3

    Line the ceiling and surrounding walls with painter's tape along the border so that the paint doesn't accidentally get on those walls.

  4. 4

    Fill in the pattern with different colour paints. Most tie-dye items have large circles of each different colour, so paint the first circle one colour, the second circle a different colour and so on, instead of mixing colours within a certain circle.

Tips and warnings

  • Check out for an idea of what a tie-dye wall can look like.

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