This summer has been full of crafts and activities and keeping the kids engaged and not glued to their screens. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of giving them free time to play, as well as some structured activities we can do together or with friends. These DIY tie-dye shoes were a fun and colorful summer craft we all enjoyed!
You may have made tie-dye shirts before but have you ever made tie-dyed shoes? I had this idea in my head after seeing racks of plain canvas shoes in the stores. I wasn’t sure how these would turn out, or if the shoes would even take the tie but they turned out awesome and we loved making them!
- Prepare your tie-dye bottles by adding water and shaking them up until the powder dye is fully dissolved. My 3 year old loved helping with this part. We used this Tulip one-step tie-dye kit and it was so easy!
- Squirt your rainbow colors into the paint palette and using a big paint brush, dip it into the dye and add it to the shoe. Squirting straight from the bottle didn’t work for us. It was more of a dabbing the dye technique.
- We started at the toe and worked our way back following the rainbow pattern. (Note: We didn’t use all 12 colors from the set)
- Set your shoes in a plastic bag overnight (or about 12 hours). Then rinse, air dry and wear!
While my big girl was making bright rainbow shoes, my little guy was making colorful color-block shoes. We took our laces out when we tie-dyed our shoes so they would stay white but you could dye them rainbow colors or a solid color if you wanted to.
The final product was so cute! We’ve been wearing the heck out of them all summer long so far!
Also, you will have lots of dye left over to create tie-dye shirts too!
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