How to make tie dye t-shirts with food colouring

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How to make tie dye t-shirts with food colouring
Transform a plain tee-shirt with a swirl of tie-dye colour. (Thinstock/Getty Images)

Tie dying tee-shirts with food colouring is a fun-filled activity that children and adults can do at home. Because cotton tee-shirts do not absorb food colouring very well -- the food colouring acts more like a stain -- it's best to use wool. Wool absorbs the food colouring more easily, creating vibrant colours. Consider dying tee-shirts on a rainy day when you're stuck inside and then wearing them outdoors when the weather allows.

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Things you need

  • Wool tee-shirt
  • Rubber bands
  • Various food colourings
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Large bowl
  • Microwave

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  1. 1

    Hold the wool shirt at the collar and the waist line. Twist the shirt like a rope and secure it in place with rubber bands.

  2. 2

    Pour 1 litre (4 cups) of water and 50 ml (1/4 cup) of vinegar into a large bowl. Place the shirt in the bowl and let it soak for 30 minutes.

  3. 3

    Drip food colouring on to the shirt in various patterns and directions while the shirt is still in the bowl of water.

  4. 4

    Heat up the fabric by placing the bowl and shirt in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

  5. 5

    Allow the shirt to cool down in the water, then rinse it in cold water.

  6. 6

    Allow the shirt to air dry. Once dry, the shirt will be ready to wear.

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