DIY Patriotic Ombre Tie Dye T-Shirts

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As part of a sponsored campaign with Jo-Ann stores, the boys and I just had our first “tie-dye” experience! We made patriotic ombre tie dye shirts! As part of the #SummerofJoann campaign, we were asked to look through the spring/summer catalog and choose a craft to do. We finally settled on this blue ombre tie dye shirt. DIY Ombre T-Shirts #summerofjoannThe plain blue was nice, but I wanted to take things a step further and make it patriotic! While the ombre effect isn’t  overwhelming, I think they came out pretty well—especially for our first try and with little hands helping do all the work!DIY Patriotic Tie-Dye T-ShirtsWe whipped 3 up in less than 30 minutes (minus drying time), so there is definitely still time for you to get these made for the 4th of July! Here’s how to make your own:


  • Kids Camp® Fabric Tie-Dye Kit Pool Party
  • White 100% cotton T-shirt
  • Plastic table cover
  • 4-5″ wide disposable paintbrush
  • Water bowl
  • Washer/dryer

Tie Dye Shirts


For best results, please read all instructions before beginning project. Refer to photo for color and design placement.

1. Wash T-shirt and leave damp. Lay out flat on work surface covered with plastic table cover.
2. Mix blue & red dye according to package instructions. Apply blue dye to neck and shoulders of T-shirt. Use wide paintbrush dipped in water bowl to blend dye downward, moving color from dark at the top of shirt to light at the bottom. Add more dye or re-wet brush as needed to achieve desired color blending. Stop about halfway down the shirt to leave some area white. Ombre Tie Dye3. Repeat the process with the red dye, but start with the red dye at the bottom of the shirt.  Let shirt set 6-8 hours or overnight. Patriotic Tie Dye4. Rinse shirt under cool running water to remove excess dye. Wash and dry shirt according to dye package instructions.

Pretty fun, right?!

Patriotic Tie Dye Tshirts


-the directions say to use 100% cotton, which I didn’t notice and bought the least expensive shirts I could find at Joann’s, which of course are 60% cotton & 40% polyester. A lot of dye did rinse out the next morning, but they still came out great!! Maybe a little lighter than they would have been had we used all cotton, but still fine!

– Because you are using wet brushes to move the color (and the shirts are damp), the dye will continue to run as they dry out. So, leave the section of white bigger than you want. I didn’t think of that, so the white section is a bit small (and basically non-existent on the little onesie. In fact, the onesie looks a bit purplish in spots), but again, I think they still look fine. Certainly fine for some fun outdoor playtime on the 4th of July! DIY patriotic tie dye oneiseThe boys are SO excited about them! The shirts are a great, inexpensive craft, perfect for wearing to any 4th of July festivities! We’ll be celebrating in Nebraska this year at a family reunion and can’t wait! DIY Matching Patriotic Shirts for boys

So, what do you think?! Would YOUR kiddos enjoy some patriotic tie-dye shirts?

If you want to make your own, be sure to Sign up here to become a preferred Jo-Ann customer and get a 20% off coupon good on your next shopping trip!!

Disclosure: I was provided with a Jo-Ann gift card to purchase craft supplies. The patriotic idea, all opinions and experiences are entirely my own!

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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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7 Responses

  1. They turned out great. Little brother sports that cast well, it doesn’t look like it has slowed him down any. 🙂 Have a great time in Nebraska and catch a few firelies for me. : )

  2. Hi! I found you via JoAnn’s summer pin board 🙂 Cute shirts! Well they say great minds think alike, cause I also did the Summer of JoAnn project, and ended up doing this exact shirt! Lol, I didn’t see your post until today. Good for you for waiting the 8 hrs post dye, I didn’t and I’m afraid the colors won’t stand many washes. Oh well 🙂

    Come say hi sometime over at “my place”, And you can see my “homage to your patriotic shirt” hehe:)


  3. I wanted to make shirts like this for my boys, so this post is EXACTLY what I needed! Thanks!

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