Tie-Dye Technique How-To Make Ombre Tie-Dye T-Shirts

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Are you looking for a new tie-dye technique to try? Today we are sharing techniques and tie-dye patterns we have tried. See how to make Ombre Tie-Dye T-Shirts, using the ombre tie-dye technique. 

Are you looking for other crafts to make? You might like to see all our other Summer Craft Ideas

Tie-Dye Technique


All images for this crafting dye project throughout post will enlarge for a bigger view if clicked on! 

How to Tie-Dye Ombre T-Shirts. Tie-Dye Techniques, Tips and favorite tie-dye supplies. DearCreatives.com

You might remember this Sunburst Tie-Dye Technique. Tie-dye is a fun summer outdoor project you can do with kids ages 8 and up.  Fun Tie Dye Techniques #DIY Sunburst and How To Use Dye Kits  

Ombre Tie Dye Technique


Tulip Dye Kit Easy to Mix and Use Tie Dye © 2013 Theresa Huse DearCreatives.com

Other supplies for setting up your tie-dye workspace

  • Plastic table cover (any will do – we opened up large extra strong garbage bag)
  • 4-5″ wide disposable paintbrush
  • Water bowl (for paintbrush)
  • Masking tape (we didn’t use)
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dry rag to wipe off plastic in between shirt dying or paper towels ( you won’t use again )
  • Pitcher of water ( for re-wetting areas )
  • Saran wrap or Plastic Bags (optional – for increased dye intensity read kit, we didn’t use)
  • Of course, one kid helper at least to share the fun with! But, hey no kids no problem. Just have fun with it!

DIY Ombre Tie-Dye T-Shirts 

Step by Step Ombre Effect with Completed Tee Shirt - Ombre Tie-Dye Technique. Theresa Huse DearCreatives.com

Ombre Tie-Dye technique 

Ombre Tie-Dye Instructions

For best results:

  1. Set up your workspace and protect your table. (see this post for tips and set up instructions)
  2. Read all dye instructions before beginning project 
  3. Follow the directions on your dye kit
  4. Put on gloves and add water to your dye powder in the bottles
  5. Refer to photo (above) for color and design placement
  6. Start with a damp T-Shirt that has been washed to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener
  7. Put on gloves
  8. Squeeze dye onto the bottom edge of the t-shirt
  9. Use a paintbrush to pull the dye upwards
  10. Add water to your paintbrush, before pulling the dye upwards as you go lighter 
  11. Continue until you achieve the look you want
  12. Place your finished t-shirt into a plastic bag for 6-8 hours.
  13. Follow the instructions on the kit for rinsing and washing! 

For the blue ombre on the shirt, I used this same tie-dye technique starting from the top of the shirt and pulling down. For the purple going up I added a bit of free pour design to it. 

Beginner Tie-Dye Technique

Diy, Sammie (Girl Tie Dying) Tie-Dye T-Shirt Project - Fun summer crafts to do with your older kids, tweens, and teens. Teen summer crafts. See how to tie-dye at DearCreatives.com

What a great way to start summer listening to music and dying t-shirts! Sammie is using the direct pour method! This is the same method I used to create the design on the bottom of my sleeveless t-shirt. 

  • Supervision will be required for tie-dying with older kids, tweens, and teens.

Honestly, this is such a fun summer craft to do with older kids, tweens, and teens! 

Ombre Tie Dye T-Shirt Technique - Learn how easy it is to tie-dye t-shirts.

This post was updated from our summer of Joann crafts. We received a gift card to purchase items for creating a tie-dye project. Need a helpful video to see? DIY Ombre Tie-Dye Technique

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  1. That seems like fun! And cute! My teen was trying to tie dye cut-off jeans yesterday. Of course, she was using her own concoction of bleach and food coloring. I told her food coloingr is going to come out when washed, at least I think it will. I’m anxiously awaiting to see how her project comes out today. However, I think she could’ve used that Tie Dye Kit right about now.

    1. Yes, she should get a kit. They are inexpensive & can even get smaller size kits as well as larger ones too. The bleach will work on her jeans, but it will eventually eat a hole in them. I do believe. Let me know how they turn out!

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