I’ve been trying to let the girls in our 8-11 year old church group help come up with some of the activity ideas. One of the things they have been wanting to do is tie dye. Since that’s pretty messy, and there are a lot of girls, I went looking for a tie dye technique alternative. I found out that you can dye things with Sharpies, so we made these cute sharpie dyed scrunchies. The girls LOVED it!
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For this tie dye technique alternative, all you’ll need is:
- white cotton scrunchies – I picked these ones at Michael’s, they are made for tie dye.
- sharpie markers
- rubbing alcohol
- disposable cups
- disposable spoons
- freezer paper, plastic tablecloth, or other waterproof surface protector
Tie Dye Technique Alternative- Sharpie Dyed Scrunchies
You’ll want to do this craft in a well-ventilated area as the Sharpie smell can get quite strong. Outdoors is best. Make sure you also protect all surfaces and clothing since the Sharpies will stain anything they touch.
- Color scrunchies however you want on both sides.
I found I liked the ones that I left more white space on.
2. Use a disposable spoon to drop rubbing alcohol on both sides of the scrunchie.
The ink will spread and mix.
3. Use a piece of string to hang the scrunchies to dry. This is the best way to make sure the ink sets evenly. The ink will stain anything it touches until it is dry, so make sure to let them dry COMPLETELY before using.
4. Once they are completely dry, put them in the dryer for about 10 minutes to help the ink set in. This isn’t 100% necessary since the ink is already permanent, but I always like to heat set things that I dye.
Aren’t they pretty?! Such a fun alternative for a fun tie dye party or kid’s craft night. Click here for more fun kid craft ideas and go here for fun primary activity ideas for kids.
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Monday 11th of October 2021
How long did they take to dry??
Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts
Wednesday 13th of October 2021
I let them dry overnight. For the activity, I had the girls take them home on paper plates and gave their parents instructions for how to dry them.
Tuesday 14th of September 2021
I love these! I recently had a shirt-dying experience using traditional tie-dye materials with a 12 year old and - oh, what a mess! This idea is WAY better! lol!
Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts
Wednesday 29th of September 2021
Oh no! Haha! Yes, I'm not a fan of the actual dye, especially with a big group!
Saturday 28th of August 2021
This is a super cool idea. Wish I had known about it when I was a scout leader. Thank you for sharing.