Firecracker Tie Dye Patriotic T-shirt

Friday, June 29, 2012

Just in time for the 4th of July, we've made a super cute Firecracker popsicle-inspired top!  After doing our research, we found out some people call them Bomb Pops or Rocket Pops! Firecracker pops are so iconic and remind us of summer days and trips to the ice cream truck.  I'm always a sucker for nostalgia, so wearing a firecracker pop shirt if right up my alley!  I enlisted the help of our awesome designer Lauri Eaton and she whipped up this shirt in minutes (minus drying time).  This DIY is just about as easy and fun as eating a Firecracker popsicle!

Firecracker Tie Dye Patriotic T-shirt

What you'll need:

Tulip One-Step Tie Dye in red and royal blue
Tulip Dye Zip Ties
Tulip Surface Cover
– 100% white cotton shirt
– Pliers

What you do:

1. Wet or dampen your cotton t-shirt; wring out any exess water.

2. Lay shirt on surface cover. Cinch the shirt into three different sections and use pliers to pull zip ties tightly on bottom and top section as shown above.

Mix Tulip Tie Dyes and shake well.  Squeeze red dye and saturate top part of shirt.  Squeeze dye about a half inch from the cinched zip tie.  The dye does bleed and will seep to this section eventually.  Do the same with the blue dye at bottom.  Also make sure to turn over and make sure you get all areas on the other side of the shirt.

4. Roll and wrap in Tulip Surface Cover and let sit 6-8 hours.

5. Rinse under faucet to remove excess dye. Rinse until water runs clear.

6. Leave rubber bands on shirt and machine wash in large load setting.

7. After washing, remove rubber bands. Machine dry.

So what did you call this treat? Firecracker, Bomb Pop, or Rocket Pop?