Tie-Dye T-Shirts

Make your own tie-dye t-shirts that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

About the Activity

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style with this colorful tie-dye activity complete with a heart-shaped design! These t-shirts can be the perfect handmade gift for your friends and family or can make a great Valentine’s Day outfit to wear yourself.


Grades: 3-12
Topic: Crafting
Estimated Time: 1-2 hours


Brought to you by JOANN Fabrics and Crafts.

Sophia Rodriguez, tie-dye for troops

A few basic craft supplies will get you started.

  • Assorted colors of fabric dye
  • Fabric markers
  • White t-shirt
  • Rubber bands
  • Ziploc bag
  • Baking rack
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Activity Steps
Follow these simple steps to make your Valentine’s heart shaped tie-dye t-shirt.

  1. Lay out damp shirt and smooth out wrinkles. Fold the shirt in half lengthwise.
  2. Use a washable marker to draw half heart shape along the fold.
  3. Pleat along marker line and bind with rubber band.
  4. Put a small amount of mixed Fuchsia dye into a spare dye bottle. Fill with water and test on a paper towel until desired shade is achieved, adding more dye or water as needed.
  5. Apply diluted dye to tied heart section. Then apply full strength dye to body of shirt and accent with leftover diluted dye.
  6. Insert a piece of cardstock into shirt and apply desired words with Opaque marker.
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