iLoveToCreate has a new, free eBook out today, all about tie dye proejcts. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit (pictured below and furnished by iLovetoCreate) to develop some tie-dye ideas of my own to celebrate the new eBook.
The iLoveToCreate team encouraged me to get extra creative and experiment with using tie dye on interesting materials. I spend a couple weeks percolating on what I could to, and came up with what I’m sharing today, a colorful topiary make with dowels, coffee filters, styrofoam and tie-dye dye.
Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit
2 styrofoam cubes
Lay out some waxed paper to protect your work surface, and grab your tie-dye kit and mix the dye according to the package directions. Squirt a couple ounces of the dye colors of your choice into one bowl per color.
Divide coffee filters into several groups of 5 to 7. Wearing gloves to keep from dyeing your hands, dip the edges of one set of filters into a bowl of dye. Rotate the filters around, getting a little dye on all of the edges.
As you dye each set, rest each group, dyed edges down, on your waxed paper to dry. As you dye these, be careful not to ooverdo it. The paper sucks liquid right up, so a little goes a long way.
When the filters are dry, group them into sets of 3 filters, arranging them by color as you see fit. Here’s the arrangement I used.
With each of your sets of three sheets, fold them three times over and secure with a staple. Then, ruffle the stapled packet, like this:
Staple the packets close together on a 12 to 18-inch dowel using a staple gun. Stab the non-filter end of the dowel into aa styrofoam cube, and you’re good to go! I made two of these topiaries for my dinner table, and I love them. The tie dye is so concentrated that the colors turn out super vibrant. Have fun creating and don’t forget to check out even more project ideas like a DIY Captain America t-shirt in iLoveToCreate’s new, free tie-dye eBook.