Friday, June 29

Firecracker Tie Dye Patriotic T-shirt

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?


JoJo said...

This is a great idea and I may have to make one of these for sure. I unearthed a bunch of white tshirts I'd bought for tie dying purposes!

Tami Rose said...

So cute!

I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

rubi paul said...

This method is easy.I like this tie dye shirt

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Jennifer said...

Super cute. We called them three stage bomb pops!

neenapullen said...

What is Tulip Surface Cover and where can you get it?

Emily Walton said...

Do you use all the dye just for one shirt? Trying to figure out if I need to buy two of each color if I'm making shirts for both of my kiddos. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! Thanks! 4th of July is our family's favorite Holiday!

Anonymous said...

The directions mention removing rubber bands, yet they are never mention in the supplies or where to use. Are they used in place of the zipties?

Jennifer Hughes said...

I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it. I hope you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.


Anonymous said...

The surface cover is just a plastic sheet to cover your working surface.

Anonymous said...

The surface cover is just a plastic sheet to cover your working surface. You can use anything for that. IE; plastic table cloth

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i just like the sharpenss of the tie die tshirts.
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Dean Jones said...

Feeling crazy to do this experiment on many of my white shirts. dissertation editors at dissertation lab

Lucille said...

Great! I'll try myself with some blank tshirts from

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Anonymous said...

I need to make 21 of these . can they all be washed together in the same load when done tie dying?

Pratiksha Jadhav said...

An important topic-I'm so happy to see it addressed.This is great suggestion for tie dying purpose.Get 100% cotton t shirts that has no toxic dyes, chemicals & harmful fertilizers.

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Anonymous said...

I realize this reply is a tad late but for future dyer's purposes...yes you can wash them together but you really need to use Synthrapol instead of regular laundry soap. Synthrapol keeps loose dye particles of dye in suspension so they don't stain other areas of the fabric. (so the red won't stain the white, etc.) You only need a few teaspoons and for the best results, you should wash in HOT HOT water. You can purchase and read more about it at Dharma Trading Company online. :)

M.Khan said...

I have dyed a white tshirt, but before dying I forgot to put it in soda ash. Is there anything which can be done to make the colors stay? If I wear it, the colors might drain due to sweat or something. Please help.

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Anonymous said...

Just made these for my daughter's fastpitch team. Followed the directions exactly. Now have red, purple and blue shirts... Not the patriotic look I was going for. What a waste of money...

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