Tie Dye Concepts: The right way to Ice Dye


Learn to do one in all our favourite tie dye concepts. This variation on tie dyeing makes use of ice and powder dye to make superb designs.  

If you happen to like to tie dye as a lot as we do, you must strive ice dyeing! It’s really very straightforward and makes the good designs and patterns on the clothes you’re dyeing. 

After making an attempt this earlier in the summertime (inspiration due to Neon Tea Party) we’ve already performed it a number of instances since! To be able to ice dye, the powdered dye melts on prime of ice masking a crumpled up shirt. 

That’s all there may be to it and the outcomes are gorgeous!

I even used the approach to make thanks tote baggage for my children’ lecturers this 12 months!

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Photograph by Andrea Martelle

The right way to Ice Dye


  • Tie dye powder (you should buy any tie dye kit and simply not combine up the powdered dye with water, or purchase this replacement pack that simply has powders)
  • White shirts (or something white that you just’d wish to dye)
  • Ice (both cubed or crushed)
  • Items of cardboard minimize into strips
  • A big shallow bin
  • A rack that matches over the bin (we used the racks from contained in the oven however a big cooling rack would work, too!)


  1. Put together your supplies

    This mission requires barely extra preparation than common tie dyeing.

    ice dye materials

    First, minimize strips of cardboard a few inches large and tape them collectively to create a hoop to maintain your shirt crumpled up. This manner, because the shirt will get moist, it doesn’t unfold out and have an effect on the dyeing course of.

    Professional tip: You’ll be able to range the scale of those hoops relying on the scale of the merchandise you’re dyeing.

    cardboard hoop and bin

    Additionally, be certain to scrub your shirts earlier than beginning (or use pre-washed shirts out of your drawers).

  2. Arrange the dyeing station

    Subsequent, set a rack on a shallow bin, to gather the dyed water. Then put the ring on the rack. Crumple up your shirt and place it inside the ring, however be certain it’s roughly a single layer of material.

     shirt ready for dye

  3. Cowl the shirt with ice

    Unfold ice cubes or crushed ice over the shirt. The extra ice, the extra water will likely be absorbed into the shirt, which is able to unfold the dye round. 

    ice on shirt

  4. Sprinkle dye over the ice

    Fastidiously sprinkle powdered dye over the ice, being cautious to keep away from by accident coloring different dye tasks!

    sprinkling dye onto shirt

    When selecting colours, be certain they’re complementary. Select both all heat colours (like orange and pink) or all cool colours (like blue and inexperienced). We used 2-3 totally different colours for every mission.

    ice dyed item

    The speculation behind ice dyeing is that throughout the powdered dye there are literally a number of colours. When blended with water, these flip right into a single shade. And if you sprinkle the powder onto the ice, you’ll discover that inside a selected colour, there are darkish and lightweight shades of powder. These soften and dye the material totally different shades. 

  5. Let sit

    That is the proper “set it and neglect it” mission! As soon as the dye is on the ice, you simply let it do its factor.

    items being dyed with ice

    Relying on how scorching it’s outdoors, the ice could also be fully melted in only a couple hours or it would take for much longer.

    melting ice and dye

    Notice: Because the ice melts, if there are spots the place the dye is absolutely concentrated, you’ll be able to add extra ice cubes to diffuse it. 

  6. Wait a bit of longer

    As soon as the ice is melted, you’ll wish to let your clothes sit for an additional 4-6 hours to ensure the dye is about. The longer the dye sits, the extra vibrant the ultimate product will likely be.

    I had a tough time ready so my sweatshirt turned out a pastel colour, but it surely’s nonetheless attractive!

    sweatshirt with blues and purples

    Lastly, rinse completely then wash and dry in accordance with the tie dye bundle directions.

As with tie dyeing, the large reveal by no means will get outdated! Every ice dyed merchandise we pulled out of the dryer was higher than the final!

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Photograph by Andrea Martelle

This is without doubt one of the finest tie dye concepts we’ve tried thus far. We dyed sweatshirts, t-shirts and baggage they usually all got here out so totally different and so cool. (I believe the baggage could be our favourite!)

If you happen to haven’t tried ice dyeing but, you have to give it a shot! 

dyed bags
Photograph by Andrea Martelle

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Our names are Fareedah and Kamilah Amoo. We are seven and five year’s old sisters and live in Ontario, Canada, with our parents and little brother, Awad. We love writing stories, painting on canva, coding, reading books, and enjoying arts and crafts. Our goal is to motivate every child worldwide to read more books.

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