No t-shirt for tie dye? No problem! Plus, this tie dyed paper towel is a whole lot less mess! Find out how to make tie dye paper as a cool way to explore colorful process art with minimal supplies. In fact, I bet you can try it right now! Even learn a little about the science of how to tie dye paper towels and turn this into an easy STEAM project for kids!

HOW TO TIE DYE PAPER FOR KIDS!

HOW TO MAKE TIE DYE

Tie dye is a way of producing fun colorful patterns in fabric by tying parts of it to shield it from the dye.  The dyes used for tie dye are called fiber-reactive. That means a chemical reaction takes place between the dye molecules and the cotton molecules.

The dye bonds with the cotton and actually becomes a part of the paper or fabric. That is why the dyes are so permanent and vibrant on fabric even after several washings.

Can you use food coloring to tie dye? Yes, you can! Add a few drops of food coloring to water and mix well.  Once you master tie dying paper, you could try actual clothing! It’s fun and beautiful!

You could also try it with our DIY watercolor paint recipe!

Grab this free process art project right now!

TIE DYED PAPER

YOU WILL NEED:

  • White paper towels
  • Food coloring
  • Pipettes
  • Water
  • Small jars or plastic containers

HOW TO TIE DYE PAPER

STEP 1. Mix a few drops of food coloring with water in separate small shallow bowls.

STEP 2.  Fold a paper towel in half and then in half again until you have a small square.

STEP 3. Quickly tip each corner of the folded towel into the colored water of your choosing.

TIP: Don’t leave in the water long or put it in too deep as the color will quickly travel beyond the dipped area. 

STEP 4. Unfold and refold your paper towel in a different direction to dip and color the middle if desired.  You can leave some sections white or you can saturate the towel with different colored hues.  Experiment with your tie dye!

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