This is a sponsored post with Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye. All opinions are my own.

How to tie dye a wreath for the Summer

The other day I was shopping with the Clever Teen for back to school supplies ( I know, already) and she pointed to a backpack she thought was cute. She had pointed to a tie dye one and I thought she meant another one. So when I tried to clarify, she said that she meant the tie dye one and this trend was in. It’s so hard to keep up with what’s in and what’s not, which is a bonus to having a teen! I remember having so much fun creating tie dye shirts when I was younger (in the 80′s to be precise) and I should have known this trend would be in again!

Since she showed an interest in tie-dying, I told her that I had some Tulip Tie Dye kits and she was excited to help come up with some designs for shirts and a fun craft.

Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit

The Tulip Kits we received made the tie dying easy! Kids can easily make their own creations and you don’t need a lot of space. Plus the easy clean up makes it great for moms! I highly recommend the large pack with all of the colors, it comes with gloves, plastic wrap, rubber bands and of course a wide variety of colors. This pack has enough dye to color 36 projects!

What’s cool about these kits is you just add water for beautiful bold color! Dyes are permanent and color-fast, so they won’t fade in the wash. You can also purchase refill powders so you can keep the bottles.

How to tie dye t-shirts

Check out these fun shirts we made!

My favorite is the first one which is the spiral, how cool does that look?! The second one is one we created by wrapping the shirt diagonally. The third one is a straight edge and the last one is one we created by pulling up different sections of the shirt.

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Step 1: Use the rubber bands to start the design process. These kits from Tulip come with instructions for many different ways to create a shirt. For this one, I did a straight across design.

Step 2: Spray a color on each section. Be sure not to drip any colors on other sections.

how to to do a spiral tie dye
This is the spiral tie dye shirt and it was probably the easiest and coolest looking!

Step 3: Wrap the shirt in the plastic drop cloth and allow it to dry.

Tie dying white t shirts

I put them on the front porch to dry a little faster. After about 8 – 12 hours, take the rubber bands off and allow the shirt to fully dry.

Tie Dye Noodle Wreath

What you’ll need:

  • Tie Die Shirt, cut into strips
  • Pool Noodle
  • Hot glue gun

How to make a tie dye noodle wreath

Cut the T shirt into lengthwise strips. To assemble the noodle as a wreath, just pull both ends together and tape together with heavy duty packaging tape.

Start assembling the wreath by placing the end of one strip and hot gluing it to the back. Start wrapping the wreath diagonally and when the strip ends, make sure it ends on the rear of the wreath so it does not show. If there is extra inches, cut them off then hot glue the end.

Repeat this process until the wreath is fully covered.

Summer Tie Dye Wreath ~ an easy and fun project for all ages!

Tips for tie-dying:

  • Tie dye projects are perfect for plain white t shirts or even t-shirts you have lying around that could use a makeover!
  • White cotton is the best and if you plan on wearing it as a shirt, be sure to wash and dry it before starting your project.
  • Be sure to use the gloves or you’ll get pretty tie dye hands like these.

Check out more projects:

Tie Dye Summer Wreath



Olaf Party Favors (Homemade playdough recipe and printable)

Having a frozen party? These Olaf party favors are perfect for guests of all ages! These are a homemade playdough broken into bags with a printable! Guests can create these at the party or take them home! They can also have some fun with them like making an Olaf in the Summer…melting!

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These are playdough balls separated by ziploc bags and they have a printable taped on the outsides of the bag.

Printable:
Click on the image below and then click CTRL + P

Do You Want To Build a Snowman Printable

Here is a link to two of these printables on one page: Olaf Party Favor Printables

  Frozen Olaf Playdough Party Favors

 

Homemade Playdough Recipe ~ Safe for kids!

 

How to make easy Homemade Playdough

Older kids could help with this but I would be cautious of all kids around the stove. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tsps of cream of tartar

Directions: Put all ingredients in a pot and cook on medium heat until it is thick. Remove and as it cools, form into a large playdough ball.

Store in an airtight container or ziploc bags.

How to color the dough: I like to use candy food coloring, it’s an oil base and it takes just a little to work. For this one above, I used a regular black food coloring and you can see it bled through. Take a small amount of the coloring and kneed it into the white dough.

Duck Tape Hair Bows

The Clever Teen made these Duck Tape hair bows (AKA Duct Tape Hair Bows) so this tutorial is brought to you by…..the Clever Teen!

What you’ll need: Duck Tape (one or multiple colors)

  • First Step: cut 2 pieces of Duck tape to same length.
  • Second Step: stick the two pieces together, sticky side to the other sticky side
  • Third Step: fold it so it is round and stick a piece of tape on it to keep it round.
  • Fourth Step: Pinch it in the middle, fold it lengthwise fan/accordian style
  • Fifth Step: take a little piece of duct tape and wrap it around the middle of the bow
  • Sixth Step: Take a bobby pin, put it in the back of the bow under the middle piece
  • Then you have your bow!


Duck Tape Hair Bows

Need a quick Easter display? Try this DIY Easter Wreath!

DIY Easter Wreath covered in jute twine, Easter eggs and Peeps.

 I haven’t done much decorating this Easter, I just ran out of time. I did want to create something festive yet easy I could have in the entry way. I actually hadn’t created a Spring wreath so I decided to make one for Easter using jute twine along with Easter eggs and peeps.

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam Wreath
  • Jute twine
  • Easter eggs (plastic)
  • Peeps
  • Toothpicks
  • Hot glue

Directions:

  • Wrap the jute twine around the wreath. See my tips on wrapping this here: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2012/07/02/the-twine-monogram-letter-handmade-gift-exchange-gifts/.
  • After about a few inches, pull tight and hot glue the twine into place.
  • Once the wreath is fully wrapped, stick toothpicks in the wreath. 6 on the bottom, 3 on the top.
  • Take the Easter Eggs and poke the other side of the eggs into the wreath on the bottom.
  • Take the peeps and poke the top toothpicks into them.

DIY Easter Wreath covered in jute twine, Easter eggs and Peeps.

Looking for more fun with Peeps?

Follow Clever PinkPirate’s board Peeps on Pinterest.


DIY Spray Chalk ~ Perfect outdoor activity for kids.

Today’s post is brought to you by the Clever Guy! He wants to start doing some features on my blog and who am I to say no?

I’m sure I’m not the only mom who hears “I’m bored” on breaks from school. I told Clever Guy to research something that could be fun and he found some recipes for spray chalk! This chalk is actually really fun! You can spray the chalk on the sidewalk or driveway and yes, it comes off with water!

Kid Craft: DIY Spray Chalk that washes off!

Spray Chalk Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons of Cornstarch
  • 3 cups of water
  • 10 drops of food coloring

How To:

  • Mix the ingredients in a bowl, then pour them in a spray bottle.
  • Spray the chalk on the sidewalk! To avoid clumping in the bottle, shake before using.

*Tip: Look for spray bottles at the dollar store or in the laundry section of Walmart.

DIY SPray Chalk