by Kristina Domitrovich
photos by Lindsay Pace
This DIY uses ice to create a watercolor tie-dye technique. It’s simple, beautiful and easy!
- 1 oversized cropped white sweatshirt, prewashed
- Ice (the larger the ice, the more varied the pattern on the final product)
- 3 pastel powdered fabric dyes (pictured: dusty pink, canyon orange, burnt lemon)
- 3 plastic spoons
- 1 baking sheet
- 1 cooling rack
- Line the baking sheet with the cooling rack. Place the sweatshirt front-side up on top of the baking rack, and pinch the center (for ours, we started at the knot in the front); then begin to twist the sweatshirt on top of the baking rack, creating a spiral. Make sure the sleeves are on the outer sides of the spiral, so they’ll get evenly dyed with the rest of the sweatshirt.
- Pile ice cubes on top of the sweatshirt, covering the entire surface.
- Use the spoons to pour the various dyes where desired. For fuller coverage, cover all the ice in dye; for more white space, don’t cover the entirety of the ice.
- Leave it undisturbed until the ice has completely melted.
- Once the ice has melted, rinse with cold water until the water comes out clear.
- Wrap it in plastic wrap, and microwave (if the material allows) at half power for 3-5 minutes.
- Transfer to the dryer, and use the casual or low-heat setting, until the sweatshirt is dry.