We spend a lot of time at the pool over the summer and like to get in a trip to the beach when we can swing it (it’s a 5-6 hour drive for us). So, for a sponsored campaign with Tulip called “Tie Dye Your Summer“, I thought dyeing our own beach towels would be a great project to try with the boys! Aren’t they fun?! Perfect for drying off by the pool or hanging out at the beach! The boys were able to help make me dye the towels. Other than being patient in the 6-8 hours the dye needs to set, the whole process is incredibly easy! All you need is Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye and some 100% cotton, white towels! Look at all those great, bright colors to choose from! I let the boys 3 colors each for their towels (of course, we had some overlap). To prep, we put down a large tarp (since the towels were big) and prepped the towels. The boys decided they wanted strips, so I rolled the towels up and tried to put rubber bands around the towels (to divide in sections). This was tough in some spots, so we just tied the rubber bands around! Once that was done, I prepped the dye bottles. It’s so easy – one simple step. You just add warm water to the fill line – that’s it! Then, we put on our gloves (provided in the kit) and saturated each segment with the dye color of choice (making a pattern of course). Tip though – you can see that our towels ended up with an ombre effect as the dye didn’t soak completely through to the inside roll. So, be sure to open it up & add a little dye to the inside to help with that if you want. For the beach towels, we ended up using about 1 full bottle for every color we chose. After using the dye, we left them to set for about 8 hours. After about 8 hours, we unwrapped our towels and rinsed them with the hose. I was really surprised at how bold the colors stayed! The photo above is after rinsing, washing, drying, and using at the pool! The dyes are permanent and color-fast, so they shouldn’t fade in the wash! And, so far so good with that!
This was definitely a summer fun project. You could do a whole tie dye party or it would be a great (albeit messy) activity for family gatherings, summer camps, playdates, etc. The boys certainly loved it and love their new, special towels. We can’t wait to take them with us soon for an upcoming beach trip! Love it! How would you like tie dye your summer?
If you need even more summer tie dye inspiration, be sure to check out the projects below! So many ways to get creative with tie dye!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blueprint Social for Tulip Tie Dye. As always, all opinions & experiences are entirely my own.