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Tie-dye shirts with kids

My kids have been wanting to tie-dye shirts for a long time, so when we sat down as a family to make our Summer Bucket List we put this down as a must do for this summer. I was always really nervous about tie-dying with small kids (messy!), but we picked up this Tulip brand tie-dye kit from Michaels Stores and it was beyond helpful!

 

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In the kit you get gloves, rubber bands, tons of different colored dyes and a guide to show you all the different ways you can twist your shirts (with the provided rubber bands) to create different patterns on your shirt. Since we were doing this with a large group ofย  younger kids ,we all did a simple twist with our shirts. We started with a pinch in the middle and twisted the shirt from the middle going out.

 

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The directions stated to fill water to the shown line and shake it well with the powder.

 

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We had 10 kiddos making shirts! The adults twisted the shirts for them, but the kids went to town putting the dye all over the shirts. It did get a little messy, so I recommend doing this outside. But they had so much fun!

 

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My youngest having a blast. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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These are my kids’ final products! I love how they are all three so different! They are so proud of their shirts and beg to wear them all the time!

 

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Have you tie-dyed anything other than shirts? I’d love to know!

xo, Nicole

 

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Easy DIY Felt Flower

Hello friends!

I love making all different types of felt florals so on today’s blog post I wanted to show an easy DIY tutorial on how to make a super simple, yet adorable felt flower.

I want to first mention, not all felts are created equal! The three nonwoven felts are 100% wool, wool blend felt and craft felt.ย  I could write a whole post on these felts! But the main ideas are:

  • 100% wool felt is durable, but expensive
  • Craft felt is what you would find at most craft stores. It’s cheap, thin, doesn’t come in a lot of colors and it’s made from recycled or synthetic materials like acrylic.
  • Wool blend felt is affordable and durable, like 100% wool felt. It’s made up of wool and rayon fibers and this is the felt I love to use!

 

For this project I used my Fiskars sheers, hot glue gun, Big Shot, dies and of course felt!

 

I like to use my Fiskars scissors or these Fiskars sheers when cutting my wool blend felt. I talked about it in my Favorite Products blog post why I think these sheers are amazing.

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This is my current favorite hot glue gun. I can not say enough good things about this one!

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For this project I used my Big Shot to cut out perfect circles for the flower. If you don’t have a Big Shot you can certainly use scissors to cut out your circles.

 

 

I used these framelitย dies by Sizzix and chose which size circle I wanted to use.

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I knew I needed seven circles to create this flower, so I measured how big my die would be then cut my felt into the seven separate pieces my circle would fit on.

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My stack of felt.

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I then took out my Big Shot sandwiches. You can tell they’ve been well loved!

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After going through the Big Shot.

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I did one extra just in case!

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Look at that gorgeous felt! This felt feels as great as is looks!

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Here we go! Time to assemble the flower! First, fold your circle in half and lightly put hot glue near the center of the fold.

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Second, fold it again and put the hot glue long the bottom only of your felt making the sides connect.

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Squeeze glue and hold. Do this to 6 circles total. (Put two off to the side until the end.)

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Next, lay down your left over circle flat and start to lay your four folded glued pieces on top. The open parts must be facing out and the glued sides facing each other in the center as shown below.

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Glue your four pieces down.

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Grab the two glued pieces that you put aside eariler. Make one glued side face you and the other glued side face the opposite way (as shown below).

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You will glue these to the top of the flower.

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Finally start to pull your petals up to glue then all together!

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As in true mom brain fashion, I forgot to take a picture of my final flower! But here is a beautiful aqua one that is complete.

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Hope you found this tutorial helpful!

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xo, Nicole