We tried it: Marker “Tie Dye”


When Jillian and I attended Crafting Community a few weeks ago, one of the crafts that we fell in love with was marker tie dye.



Isn’t that fun?  Of course we wanted to share this craft idea with Max and Lucy once we returned home.

So, we grabbed some items of clothing that had been destined for the rag bag (due to some stains on them) and some permanent markers and a bottle of rubbing alcohol and got to work.

I poured some of the rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle (this was a bit easier for my five year old to control than the squeeze bottles we used at Crafting Community).

I gave the kids instructions to work on a area at a time, coloring it in with markers and then spritzing it with the rubbing alcohol.  We used cups to help separate the front from the back of the clothing.


Working in small areas at a time, we doodled, spritzed, and played until we were satisfied with our tie dye creations.

I hung them up to dry, gave them a quick wash and dry to make sure that they were really washable (we did notice some slight fading, but no bleeding of the color, so I’m calling them “good to go” for normal wash/wear/dry now).

This craft was a fun, frugal way to breath new life into old things.  I’ll definitely be filing this away in the memory banks for next summer, too.  And Jillian has talked about doing this on a larger scale, like a sheet set for her twin bed.

Permanent Marker Tie Dye gets a thumbs up from this family!

Would you like to read more about our time at Crafting Community? Head here to read this post and visit Target’s A Bullseye View blog for our interview with Todd Oldham of Kid Made Modern.

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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