So my little girl and I did this Dip Dye project a few weeks ago for a little pair of shorts. They turned out really cute and while we were buying the dye she started getting really excited about the tie dye kits that are really popular right now.
I totally remember how fun tie dye was when I was a kid but I think it can be a little hard to pull off for everyday. So we went back and forth and back and forth and came up with an idea to tie dye some shoes.
Now these turned out SUPER cute in my opinion and if crafty stuff normally scares you, you might give this one a try. I found it easy and fast and if you follow the steps below you should get great results.
My little girl loves these shoes and I think they would be really fun for Girl Scouts or a slumber party activity. This project is really not that expensive to do and I promise it was really easy.
So here is the scoop:
- Track down a pair of white canvas shoes (we got one pair for $5 at Walmart and a second pair for $3.88 on clearance at Target).
- If you have old sneakers that are looking shabby this would be a great way to jazz them up. Just wash them and dry in the sun so they are nice and clean. You might be able to bleach colored sneakers to get them to white to try this as well.
- And now grab a little tie dye kit from a craft store- I paid about $10 for a 5 color kit with a coupon.
And here are the steps to turn plain sneaks into rainbow tie dye fabulousless:
Start with clean shoes- wash old ones and bleach if needed.
Next remove the laces and use painters tape around the sole to avoid any stains. My painter’s tape is hiding from me at the moment so I used packing tape which wasn’t nearly as good but what do you do.
You don’t have to tape the soles but the shoes look nicer without any little drips.
Next plot your course of action as far as the dye colors. The colors will blend slightly so you want to think about how they will blend so you don’t wind up with ugly black shoes. If you want crisper lines between colors you can use painters tape to get precise lines. I liked the gentle blending of colors so we skipped that step.
You want to mix up all the colors you need according to the instructions on the package. Use gloves to avoid purple fingers and make sure you are on an old tarp/towel or you are outside. This stuff will stain whatever it comes in contact with.
See what I mean about the colors blending? This is a stripe of yellow followed by a stripe of fushia. The two colors blended and made a pretty orange.
I just eyeballed this entire project. I visually broke up the shoes into 5 sections in my mind and simply poured the paint on top.
This is my “technique” just hold up the shoes and use the little bottles that are in the kit to pour the dye on. You want to angle the shoes a little bit so that the dye stays where you want it. In the photo above if I hold the shoe so it is balanced on the toe that purple dye is going to spread like crazy. By angleing the shoe back toward the heel it keeps it from blending quite as much.
And here is what pair #1 looked like after all the paint was applied. You can kind of see the packing tape here- it helped a little but on the cheapy Walmart shoes the tape didn’t stick at all and I tore it off. Painters tape would be much better.
So one thing is the free gloves inside the package are really cruddy. I found I got a drop or two of a color on those gloves and if you don’t wipe it off, that drop can get on the shoes and discolor a section. Personally I am a ‘giterdone kind of girl and not a perfectionist so that doesn’t bother me but above you can see a few drips of green in the blue section.
Once you are done, remove the packing tape and wrap your shoes in saran wrap or in a plastic bag and tie it closed. This is a great way to keep the colors vibrant. Leave it overnight or at least 6 hours.
Remove them carefully from the bag and wash according to package directions. I put mine in the wash with a tiny bit of soap on warm water in a large load setting. You will want to wash these by themselves the first few times.
And here is what mine looked like out of the bag- we did two shoes. My favorites:
And then these are the cheap Walmart ones with a more traditional rainbow. These look light in the picture because I am photography challenged but in real life they are nice and bright.
I have to tell you that I did these yesterday evening with my girls and I told them they had to wait for them to dry to wear them. They were up at 5:40 am this morning asking if the shoes were ready. My 5 year old is THRILLED with these shoes so if you have little ones you might consider this project!
And you might check my children’s crafts Pinterest board for lots more fun things to do with your kids this summer!