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Tie Dye Beach Towels – Crafts by Amanda


Have some summer fun by making your own tie dye beach towels in two different colorful ways!

tie dye beach towels

Why do we love this project?

Tie dye beach towels are a great summer project that kids will love wearing. It is a colorful way to unleash their creativity where they are able to show off their creations to friends by the pool or on the beach.

We have two methods to show you here, the crumple method, and the rainbow method, which we used earlier on our rainbow tie dye shirts. These two methods are easy and fun for both adults and kids.

girl holding tie dye beach towel

Useful Project Information:

  • Age Level: Supervised children ages 6 and up
  • Dirt factor: High (squeeze bottle dye)
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Completion Time: Less than 30 minutes, minus soaking time
  • Cost Estimate: Under $15.00

craft materials you will need

Supplies for Making Tie Dye Beach Towels

Find the full list of supplies and instructions in the printable version at the end of this post.

How to Make Tie Dye Beach Towels

These step-by-step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this project. Please scroll down to print out the instructions!

rainbow method

You have two options to wet your towel, either you can wet it before you start and add the rubber bands, or you can put the rubber bands in their halves and then wet the towels with a hose. can do. Either method will work, as long as the towel is wet before applying the paint.

  1. Prepare your squeeze bottles with dye according to the package directions we will be using Tulip’s One-Step Tie Dye Kit,squeeze bottle tie dye
  2. Cover the surface you will be working on. Spread the towel over the covered surface while it is still damp. Press/pleat the towel together starting at the bottom right corner until it is completely pleated.
  3. Squeeze the towels tightly together and use rubber bands to secure it in about 11 parts.
  4. Apply the colors liberally in the desired color sequence to each individual section.Yellow color on white towel separated from rubber band
  5. Wrap the dyed towel in plastic wrap or a ziplock bag and leave it for 6-8 hours.
  6. Remove the rubber band and wash with warm water. Switch to cold water, then back to hot water, ending with cold water. Follow the walk through washing machine.washing tie dye towels with water

crumple method

  1. prepare tie dye squeeze bottles with dye according to package directions.
  2. Cover the surface you will be working on. Spread the towel over the covered surface while it is still damp.
  3. Rub one side of the towel with one hand and put a rubber band around it. Repeat this on the whole towel in as many sections as you want.girl hand folding towel for tie dye
  4. If desired, apply Squeeze Dye liberally to the cracked areas as well as to the entire towel. Use whatever color combination you want!tie dying beach towels
  5. You can alternatively pull up the whole towel, add rubber bands, and apply your colors that way.
  6. If working with a thick cotton towel, turn it over and apply color to the back side.
  7. Place the towels in a large plastic bag or cover in plastic wrap and allow the colors to set for 6-8 hours.
  8. Remove the rubber band and wash with warm water. Switch to cold water, then back to hot water, ending with cold water. After this, run the towels in the washing machine.washing tie dye beach towels in the sink

Expert Crafting Tips

  • If your towel is particularly thick, be sure to turn it over and apply the color to the back. Sometimes dyes find it difficult to penetrate thick cotton.
  • For your first few washes, you may want to run it separately from other towels or clothing to avoid color bleeding.
  • Be sure to wear disposable gloves! Smocks are also a smart choice for youngsters looking to join in the fun.
  • If you want to make your own colors, you don’t need to mix the colors together in a bottle, just squeeze the colors directly onto the towel.
  • We prefer to use a tablecloth that has a plastic backing, but a regular plastic tablecloth will work just as well.
boy holding tie dye beach towel

Easily use this two dye method on hats, caps, shirts, sweatshirts, socks and more! These tie dye beach towels are a funky project that’s perfect for a sunny spring or summer day.

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tie dye beach towels
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tie dye beach towels

These tie dye beach towels are a funky project that’s perfect for a sunny spring or summer day.

prep time5 minutes

crafting time25 minutes

rest time6 hours

total time6 hours 30 minutes

age category: adult crafts, kids crafts

supply

  • tie dye in various colours. We are using Tulip’s One Step Tie Dye Kit

craft tools

  • plastic tablecloth

  • disposable gloves

  • – rubber band

Instruction

rainbow method

  • Prepare your squeeze bottles with dye according to package directions.

  • Cover the surface you will be working on. Spread the towel over the covered surface while it is still damp. Press/pleat the towel together starting at the bottom right corner until it is completely pleated.

  • Squeeze the towels tightly together and use rubber bands to secure it in about 11 parts.

  • Whatever color combination you’d like, then apply the color liberally to each individual section.

  • Wrap the dyed towel in plastic wrap or a ziplock bag and leave it for 6-8 hours.

  • Remove the rubber band and wash with warm water. Switch to cold water, then back to hot water, ending with cold water. Follow the walk through washing machine.

crumple method

  • Prepare squeeze bottles with dye according to package directions.

  • Cover the surface you will be working on. Spread the towel over the covered surface while it is still damp.

  • Rub one side of the towel with one hand and put a rubber band around it. Repeat this on the whole towel in as many sections as you want.

  • If desired, apply Squeeze Dye liberally to the cracked areas as well as to the entire towel. Use whatever color combination you want!

  • You can alternatively wring out the entire towel and rubber band it and apply your colors that way.

  • If working with a thick cotton towel, turn it over and apply color to the back side.

  • Place the towels in a large plastic bag or cover with plastic wrap and allow the colors to set for 6-8 hours.

  • Remove the rubber band and wash with warm water. Switch to cold water, then back to hot water, ending with cold water. After this, run the towels in the washing machine.

Expert Tips & FAQs

  • You have two options to wet your towel, either you can wet it before you start and add the rubber bands, or you can put the rubber bands in their halves and then wet the towels with a hose. can do. Either method will work, as long as the towel is wet before applying the paint.
  • Be sure to wear disposable gloves! Smocks are also a smart choice for youngsters looking to join in the fun.
  • If you want to make your own dyes, you don’t need to mix the dyes together in a bottle, just squeeze the dyes directly onto the fabric.
  • If your towel is particularly thick, be sure to turn it over and apply the color to the back. Sometimes dyes find it difficult to penetrate thick cotton.
  • We prefer to use a tablecloth that has a plastic backing, but a regular plastic tablecloth will work just as well.
  • For your first few washes, you may want to store it separately from other towels or clothing to prevent color bleeding.
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