Tie Dye How-To {boredom buster}

How to Tie Dye can be a fun craft, and a great boredom buster!  We recently tie dyed T-shirts at a family reunion WHILE camping.  It totally CAN be done, but you do need access to a washing machine about 24 hours after you’ve dyed the shirts.  Luckily, we weren’t too far from a town so this was possible.  Tie dying shirts in bulk can be really inexpensive.  We bought a kit to make 50 shirts for about $50, so that made the dye for each shirt only $1.  We picked up each shirt  on sale for $1.99 at Michael’s so making custom tie dyed shirts for each person was under $5.00, which is a steal of a deal!  It does take some preparation, and you will need warm water, so you will need a way to heat the water required for the process.

tie dye

Supplies Needed for Making a TIE DYED T-Shirts:


  • Two folding tables.  We used one table for supplies and mixing the dye and one table for dying the shirts.
  • Table Cloths to protect the tables, and paper towels for clean up.
  • A large container for thoroughly wetting T-shirts.
  • Ziploc bags {one bag for each T-shirt}.
  • All of the contents of the Tie Dye Kit {this is the one we used}.
  • Measuring Cup
  • Funnel (or piece of paper to fashion into a funnel)
  • Sharpie Marker

Directions for Making a TIE DYED T-Shirts:

Tie Dye
Step 1:  Follow directions in Tie Dye Kit, but start with preparing  Tie dye solutions.
tie dye
Step 2:  Wet and then ring out T-shirts.  Crease into pattern that you’d like for your tie dyed look.  The book has like 20 different patterns.  It’s great.  Tie with rubber bands and then put into ziplock bag so that the T-shirt remains moist for when you are ready to apply dye.
tie dye
Step 3:  Add dye.  There are several ways to do this depending on the pattern you’d like.  The book shows you different techniques.
tie dye
Step 4:  Rinse T-shirts thoroughly and then wash in washing machine and dry.  Enjoy!
HINT:  Label all T-shirts and Ziploc bags.

DIY Candlestick Candy Jars

How to Make Candlestick Candy Jars is not only fun, it’s easy.  It involves a little scrounging, spray painting, glueing, and best of all, filling with fun candy.  I found my glass jars in my cupboard, the candlesticks at a local thrift store and I picked up the spray paint and glue at a craft store.  The whole project only took about an hour, and that’s only because I had to wait for a few coats of the paint to dry.  The end result is so worth the time and money (under $20) and I love that it’s totally versatile and can be used regularly in my home and for parties!

candlestick candy jar

candlestick candy jar

candlestick candy jar

Candlestick Candy Jars

candlestick candy jar
My inspiration came from  this jar that was given to my family.  It’s been awfully lonely for a few months and so I decided it needed a few colorful friends.  :)

Supplies Needed:

candlestick candy jar supply

  • Assorted Candlesticks – Ceramic ones seem to spray paint the best.
  • Spray paint in desired color (s) – I used a quick drying, satin finish paint
  • Adhesive – I used E-6000 glue
  • Glass jars – I used an assortment of recycled glass jars with labels removed and jars washed
  • Candy to fill the jars
  • Ribbon if you’d like to embellish the jars


candlestick candy jar instructions

  • Clean jars
  • Spray paint candle stick bases and jar lids
  • Once paint has dried, glue jars on candle stick bases
  • Fill jars with candy
  • Embellish jars if wanted
  • Voila!  You’re done!  Enjoy.

candlestick candy jar


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