Tie Dye Window Decorations

by Wendy Copley on January 26, 2010

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We’ve been having a lot of rainy weather around here and the kids have been stuck inside for over a week now. The other day, the five-year-old and I stumbled upon an easy activity that kept him busy for over an hour. OVER AN HOUR, PEOPLE! If you’re the parent of a five-year-old, you know how awesome that is.

We ended up making these things that I am calling: Tie Dye Window Decorations.

I’m pretty good at naming things, don’t you think? Also, I know it’s starting to look like we’re a bunch of hippies, but we really aren’t. It’s just that tie dye crafts are easy and fun and they give you pretty results with a fun surprise factor at the end.

All right, so here’s what you need to make these totally easy Tie Dye Window Decorations:

  • A cheap-o kids water color set
  • Paper towels

I bet you have those in your house right now! Sweet.

Start off by filling each of the water color thingies up to the top with water.

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I found an easy way to do this is to fill up a big glass of water and then transfer the water to the paints by doing that thing where you put your finger over the end of the straw to trap the water inside and then let it go over the paints to get it out. Wyatt liked this part almost as much as the actual dyeing. You can also just fill them up at the sink, but you’ll be running back and forth a lot more often if you do it that way.

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Stir the paints up to get more of the color in the water.

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Now, take a big paper towel and cut it into quarters. You’ll want your pieces of paper towel to be about 6 inches square. If they’re bigger, they’re harder for little hands to handle and the paint doesn’t saturate as easily.

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Fold your square of paper towel in half.

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Then fold it in half again.

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And then fold it in half on the diagonal, kind of like how you’d fold paper to cut a paper snowflake:

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You can just leave your towel as is, or if you want it to be more of a circle, cut the end off the towel like so:

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Instead of folding the towel on the diagonal, you can also fold it in half again so it’s a rectangle shape which will make the end design different, but equally attractive.

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OK, so now that the paper towel is all folded, you get to start the fun part — the dyeing! Dip different parts of the paper towel bundle into the paints and let it absorb the color. The corners are the easiest.

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You can fold it in half again to get the colors into the middle sections. You can also dab paint on with the paint brush.

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Keep dipping and dabbing until the paper towel bundle has as much paint on it as you’d like.

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Then unfold to see your beautiful creation in all its glory!

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Lay towels flat to dry (we used a cookie cooling rack) and then hang them in a sunny window to catch the light!

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