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How to Tie Dye with Sharpies (Quick And Simple Craft Project)


If you are looking for a less messy and simple way to tie-dye, this is the perfect craft for you.

This is a great project to do with younger children and is much easier than traditional tie-dye. You can make beautiful creations in just four simple steps!

Supplies Needed

  • Canvas pouch or other light colored article to tie dye (Bought at Hobby Lobby or any other craft store)
  • Light colored sharpies
  • Small spray bottle
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Black sharpie


Using light colored sharpies decorate your item to be tie-dyed. It works best if you draw with different colors very close to each other but not overlapping.

This will create the tie dye look later on. Tip: using many different colors gives it a better tie dye effect.

Pour rubbing alcohol into the spray bottle. It is best if you do this step outdoors because it can cause a strong order and/or you could get rubbing alcohol on the surrounding area.

At the very least, cover the surface you are going to spray your item on. Spray rubbing alcohol on your tie-dyed item.

The more rubbing alcohol you use, the greater the blending effect will be. If you prefer less of a blend, use less rubbing alcohol.

Let dry for at least 24 hours to make sure your creation is 100% dry.

Use black sharpie to decorate or doodle on top of your tie dye design. This is completely optional. I thought it added more interest to my zipper pouch.

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