Life is simply more colorful when you tie-dye. It’s likely you have tie-dyed a t-shirt before, but there are so many more fun projects for you to give a try. You’ll find that once you start to tie-dye, you will become obsessed with the fun process and all of the possible design options you can make. Although seemingly obvious, you’ll need to grab some basic tie-dye supplies from the store that will allow you to add some more color into your life with these really fun projects. Today, I have compiled a list of twenty-five versatile tie-dye ideas that I hope you will enjoy creating.
1. DIY Rainbow Shorts
These tie-dyed rainbow cutoff jean shorts are a super cute design from Comemoda. If you don’t have an extra pair of shorts lying around that you’d like to tie-dye, you could always cut a pair of jeans to turn the garment into shorts. In fact, this easy-to-follow guide even includes a step for properly cutting a pair of jeans to turn them into fashionable shorts. This design is really cool because the finished product dye pattern looks similar to a rainbow.
2. Colored Extensions
Have you always wanted colorful hair but find that you don’t want to commit to a bright color for a long period of time? Well, Glitter Inc. has a really fun solution with these tie-dye extensions. You’ll need some extensions, hair bleach, developer, gloves, brush, foil, and dye to have your hair looking colorful, without committing to a bright head of hair for a few months. The best part about this idea is that you won’t need to pay salon prices as this entire project will only cost you about fifteen bucks!
3. Tie-Dye Ombre Embroidery Hoop Art
If you’re looking for some inspiration for a tie-dye home decor project, then look no further than this awesome idea. Inspired by Charm provides a straight-forward guide that takes you through every step as you craft these embroidery hoops. The finished product is something that you can admire on a daily basis. Not only are they super pretty accessories, but you would likely have to pay top dollar for something similar if you purchased these through a retailer.
4. Sekka Shibori Folded Dyed Dress
This is a really unique and beautiful design pattern from Crafty Chica that is much chicer than the typical outcome from a tie-dye project. While the project was intended for an adorable little girl’s dress, this design would look great as a cute off-the-shoulder women’s top as well. With this simple step-by-step guide, you’ll be able to create triangle folds and use a specific tie-dye technique to make a distinctive starburst look.
5. Infinity Tie-Dye Necklace
Who doesn’t want to rock a tie-dyed necklace? Tulip Tie Dye Your Summer gives us this fun and colorful infinity necklace design that you’ll want to wear with everything. You’ll first need to make a tie-dye t-shirt before taking scissors and cutting horizontal strips to create a strappy and lightweight infinity necklace that you can pair with any outfit that you feel could use a pop of color.
6. Rice Krispies Treats Flowers
If you are planning a fun party or event where some cute dessert options would really come in handy, then this edible tie-dye treat design project from Halle Cake is perfect for you. These colorful Rice Krispies treats flowers are a great idea as they are both tasty and pretty.
7. Rainbow Swirl Tie-Dye
Are you new to the world of tie-dying? Welcome to the colorful side of life — it’s a lot more fun around here. This simple design from Crafty Chica is one of the easiest yet brightest tie-dye projects on the list and is perfect for someone’s first time playing with the process of tie-dye. By following these instructions, you’ll be able to create your own trendy tapestry.
8. Tie-Dye Summer Tote Bag
This in-depth crafting project from Pretty Prudent consists of actually creating the tote bag itself. When you’ve completed your project, you will have an adorable tie-dye summer tote bag that you made entirely by yourself. Here’s a little hack: you could always just go to a craft store and buy a plain tote bag with the intention of tie-dying it. If you don’t know how to sew but you’re in love with this look, that’s the perfect option for you. Either way, you’ll end up with a stylish new tote bag.
9. Tie-Dye Fun for Tots
The process of tie-dye is a really great introduction for kids into the world of crafts. The idea is for children to enjoy the process of being creative, and their cute little finished projects are simply just an added bonus! This is a super simple and fun project idea from Grandma’s Briefs that was created specifically for kids who may just be learning to create with crafts. It’s quite obvious that small children should stay far away from actual tie-dye and bleach, which is why this project is made with coffee filters and food coloring.
10. Watermelon Tie-Dye Tote Bag
If you’re looking for that perfect summer bag to carry all of your stuff to the pool, then this is the perfect tie-dye design project for you. This tote bag from Tulip Tie-Dye your Summer is much easier than the previously mentioned one, since you don’t have to create the actual tote itself, and it’s just too cute not to list. You’ll simply dip dye the pink and green and then paint on the seeds to make this tote bag that is really trendy and perfect for a summer pool party!
11. Tie-Dye Headbands
Headbands are a must-have hair accessory right now, so why not give these adorable tie-dye headbands from Pretty Life Girls a try? Using just white cotton t-shirts that you probably already have lying around and some dye, you’ll simply need to follow the step-by-step guide to be able to create these super cute and stylish tie-dyed headbands. It’s always a good feeling to repurpose a garment that you haven’t been wearing, especially when you know you’re doing good for the environment (and your wallet).
12. Tie-Dye Nails
With this fun project from Creating Really Awesome Fun Things, you can stop spending so much money at the nail salon and enjoy creating a cool nail design at home. All you will need to achieve this groovy tie-dye nail design is a glass bowl, room temperature water, a toothpick, a few nail polish colors, tape, and some nail polish remover.
13. Balloon Stamp Painting
Another really great introduction to the world of tie-dye that kids will love is this craft idea from Amazing Interior Design. This is an easy project that allows kids to actually paint with balloons! A perfect rainy day craft, you’ll have a great time watching your kids have fun making these balloon stamps, and the best part is that this project takes very little effort on your part.
14. Tie-Dye Graduation Cap
It’s extremely popular for seniors to customize their graduation caps prior to their long-awaited graduation ceremony. This tie-dye design from Tulip Tie Dye Your Summer allows those graduating to make a colorful statement. This graduation cap design will surely have you stand out amongst the rest. You could also even personalize this project further by adding words or images that are special to you.
15. Tie-Dye Converse Kicks
Give those new white Converse sneakers a colorful makeover with this tie-dye project from iLoveToCreate. It’s a great way to make your shoes your own, and all you need is some dye, sponge brushes, and a black fabric marker. This design could actually be done on any white canvas shoe, so you could practice your fun color combinations on the more affordable shoes, before switching to your Converse kicks.
16. Tie-Dye Towel
Why not splash into summer with a really cool tie-dye towel that you created yourself? Everyone has a solid-colored towel that they bring to the local pool party or the beach, but life is too short to blend in with everyone else. This colorful tie-dye towel design from The Swell Designer is very easy and fun to make. So grab an old towel that’s lying around somewhere and create an eye-catching towel that you will love.
17. DIY Tie-Dye Dish Towels
These DIY tie-dye dish towels from Quinn Cooper Style are super chic, and they will certainly add that much-needed pop of color to your kitchen, without looking too out of place. This design entails meticulously tie-dying the white dish towels to create an effortless ombré look. While many tie-dying projects are made with the summer months in mind, this design would be a really nice addition to your kitchen, even in the cold and dreary winter months.
18. DIY Natural Tie-Dye Pillow
This design option is different from every other project on this list because this pillow is not made with store-bought paints or dye. This is an all-natural tie-dye project from High on DIY that is dyed using one surprising natural product — turmeric. If you’re someone who prioritizes natural products, this project is a really great craft idea for you. The pillow turns out to be a breathtaking piece that looks as if it was bought from an upscale home decor store.
19. Tie-Dye Toms
Do you own a pair of Toms? If you don’t, you really should because not only are they a vegan-made product, but they also donate a pair of shoes to a child in need for every shoe purchase. Plus, they’re basically the most comfortable shoes ever (but that’s beside the point). Toms shoes all look very similar, and since the shoe company does not offer a tie-dye design for their shoes, this tie-dye project from Crafty Chica will turn your Toms into a unique pair of shoes that sets you apart from the rest.
20. Dye Art for Kids
Art is a really great way to promote creativity and forward-thinking in your child’s life. This dye art project from Kids Activities Blog is completely customizable thanks to the different ideas included. This project allows the child to draw on a piece of paper before spraying the piece of paper with glue, creating an abstract piece of art that looks very similar to a classic tie-dye piece.
21. Kids Garden Art: Colorful Flower Pots
This unique and colorful rainbow pot project idea from EDventures With Kids is a fun craft that both kids and adults alike can partake in. If you already have a plain flower pot lying around your backyard, then you’ll be able to easily create an eye-catching pot that you’ll enjoy looking at on a daily basis. You should definitely conduct this crafting session outside because it’s going to get a little messy, but sometimes the messy crafts are the most enjoyable crafts.
22. Tie-Dye Face Masks
Face masks have quickly become a necessary accessory item that we all use every day. These tie-dye face masks from Toddler Approved are a great way to allow your child to actually enjoy the mandatory mask-wearing. If your child feels like they’re wearing a piece of art that they crafted themselves, they may feel a lot better about being required to wear a mask. Adults could also certainly use a little more color and liveliness to get through this pandemic. So why not create yourself a tie-dye mask with your children? Your entire family could have super cool tie-dye masks.
23. Light Pink Tie-Dye Dress
If you’re looking to add a little flair to that summer dress you already own, this simplistic tie-dye design idea from Fave Crafts is the perfect option for you. The step-by-step guide makes following the process incredibly easy. In just six simple steps, you’ll be able to transform the entire look of a dress that’s been sitting in the back of your closet for months.
24. DIY Tie-Dye Bandanas
Pretty Life Girls shows us how to make these DIY tie-dye bandanas that are great because they’re cute and customizable. There are five separate design options to choose from which allows you to pick a design that best suits your style and overall taste. The bandanas are extremely versatile and can be worn in your hair or as a fashion accessory.
25. DIY Wave-Inspired Tie-Dye Tank Top
This wave-inspired tie-dye tank top idea from Boi From Ipanema is perfect for all of the beach lovers out there. Using only basic tie-dye essentials and in five simple steps, this project doesn’t take much effort to make, but the outcome is seriously amazing. You’re sure to get so many compliments on a super simple design you made yourself.
Tie-dye has a distinctive look that will never go out of style. I absolutely love tie-dying because it’s simply one of the most enjoyable crafting projects out there, and you get to add a little bit of color to your life while getting a little bit messy (in a super fun way). Hopefully, this list has inspired you to create a really cool design with tie-dye that may be slightly different than a typical tie-dye project.