Use Your Sharpies to Make Tye-Dye Swag! [DIY with CC]

Even though there is still a mound of snow outside my window, springtime is just around the corner (or so I hope!). I can’t wait for the minute I can put away all my bulky sweaters, scarves, gloves and coats, and break out my short-sleeved shirts! To me, spring is all about bright colors that mimic the warmth of the sun, and since I am a college student, I have a lot of free white tees, which got me thinking: What can I do to these shirts to make then look new again and spruce them up for the spring weather?

That’s when I stumbled upon a DIY tie dying with sharpies! Two of my favorite things in the whole world that I have right in my dorm room. So, if you want to liven up your old t-shirts for spring, or if you don’t want to be pinched on St. Patrick’s Day for not wearing green because you don’t have anything green, tie-dye a shirt with a green or any other other spring colored sharpie!


-Pre-washed white or light colored cotton t-shirt (cotton takes the color really well)

– Rubbing Alcohol (preferably 91% or higher because lower concentrations may not work as well)

– liquid dropper

– small plastic cup(s)

– Rubber band(s)

– Variety of sharpie colors



1. Choose a spot on the shirt you want to start with. Put the plastic cup right side up from inside the shirt, and secure the cup rim with a rubber band to hold the shirt tightly in place. You can also place a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to prevent any dye from bleeding through to the back side.

2. Pick your colors and create whatever small design your heart desires in the center of the circle. Make sure the design is small because the alcohol will make the colors spread out a lot (Tip: remember mixing complementary colors will make brown so if you don’t want brown, avoid that!)

3. Using your dropper, drip about 10 drops of rubbing alcohol onto the center of the design and watch the colors spread.

4. Continue doing steps 2 and 3 in whatever design you like, and there you have it! A bright colored shirt just in time for spring or a green colored shirt just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

Photo and Craft Idea Courtesy of: The Art Gal Jackie┬áCheck out Jackie’s blog for other great artsy craft ideas!

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