At summer camp there are so many great things happening all at once during the day that when you get a moment with your cabin that isn’t structured you might be a bit lost of what you should do. So if you ever find yourself in the moment with a bunk of campers looking at you expectantly of the next fun thing, look no further than tie-dying. Tie-dying is a fun low key activity that your campers can do rain or shine. All you need is to have your campers get a an item of clothing (preferably a t-shirt, but socks work too) that is the color white for best results.
While everyone is looking for a item it’s gives you time to get the tie-dying materials:
- Rubber Bands, grab 2 or 3 handfuls of these as the campers will fling them to the black hole in your cabin never to be found again, or they will break a few.
- Tie-dyeing dye, normally 5 bottle of colors should do the trick
There are many different types of tie-dying that you can do, be it a spiral, stripes, bullseye, sun spots, and so much more. But if you aren’t artistic like me, then the spiral is a great one to do which will wow the campers.
How to make a spiral tie-dye shirt:
- Lay out your t-shirt on the floor or table
- Pinch the middle of the t-shirt where the spiral will start and twist until all of the t-shirt is in a spiral shape.
- Take 3-4 rubber bands and overlap them around the t-shirt to hold the circular shape together. With the rubber bands in place the circle should have 6-8 slices.
- Use a color for each slice, you’ll want to put a good amount of color on each slice.
- Flip your t-shirt over and repeat on the backside.
- Once you are done put your tie-dye in a plastic bag to let the dye set for a day.
- After your tie-dye has set rinse it under running water until there is no dye coming off in the water.
- Wash your tie-dye items separately then your regular clothes for the first couple of washes.
- Wear and be prepared to get compliments left and right.
Remember while you are tie-dying with your campers you are in a spot that will be able to take some dye. Maybe your crafts building would be the best place or outdoors. Supervise your campers before making your own t-shirt, as they will need help and it reduces the chances of a tie-dye fight.