DIY T-Shirt Ice Dye


Have you ever wondered how difficult is it to ice dye your own T-shirt? You are not alone! I wanted to try DIY T-shirt Ice Dye for ages. And today, I am going to show you how to do it! Turn your white t-shirt into a colorful and uniquely designed piece of your summer clothing.  This is a fun and colorful project for your creative hands. Let’s get started.

Don’t fear DIY projects. They are fun and this DIY T-Shirt Ice Dye will make you stand out from the crowd this summer.  

DIY T-Shirt Ice Dye


Step 1

DIY T-Shirt Ice Dye

Before you begin, wash your t-shirt according to the label and let it dry. If you are using a dryer, make sure you don’t use a dryer sheet. For the best result, use a 100% cotton t-shirt. Once it’s dry you are ready to start. Fold your t-shirt in half. 

Step 2:

DIY T-Shirt Ice Dye

From the bottom, fold the t-shirt like you would fold a paper fan. Keep going until you’ve folded the whole t-shirt. Tightly tie the rubber bands around the t-shirt. You can tie as many rubber bands as you like.

Step 3

DIY T-Shirt Ice Dye

Place the Ice-Dye Grate, which is usually a part of your ice dye package, over a tub or container to collect dye and water running off as the ice melts. Set the bound t-shirt on top of the Ice-Dye Grate.

Step 4

DIY T-Shirt Ice Dye

Now the fun begins! Remember to put the gloves before you apply the dye powder.  For more color blending effects, sprinkle lighter-colored dye powders directly on your t-shirt before adding ice.

Step 5

DIY T-Shirt Ice Dye

Cover your t-shirt with ice and sprinkle DYE Powder on the ice. I used darker dye powder on one side and lighter on the other side of the t-shirt. Feel free to experiment with the provided colors. You can even sprinkle each color on top of each other if you wish.

Step 6

DIY T-Shirt Ice Dye

Watch the magic happen. In other words, let the ice melt. If you see unsaturated dye powder on your t-shirt, just add more ice and allow to melt again. I added pieces of ice a few times during the melting process. As the ice melts, it will activate the dye powders and transfer them onto your t-shirt.

Step 7

Once the ice melts completely, put the gloves on again and cut the rubber bands.  Wash it on COLD with a small amount of laundry detergent.  Wash a dry separately for the first few washes.  

DIY T-Shirt Ice Dye

Ta Da! And there you go!  Be proud of your very own DIY T-SHIRT ICE DYE and show it to the world.  

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Lucia Pinto
Lucia Pinto has been creating toys and crafts for family and friends since childhood. Lucia is a SAHM, Montessori toy creator, and craft enthusiast of sophisticated and simple objects that inspire and delight young and old alike. Lucia grew up in Slovakia, but her life and work have taken her around the world both as a visitor and a resident. From her hometown in Slovakia to Dubai, across the sea to New York and back again, Lucia’s exploration and immersion into these places and their cultures influence her work today. When she isn’t indoors cutting paper, playing with bright colors, or creating toys, she can be found strolling through nature, playing with her two beloved children in the park, or practicing yoga. She resides with her husband and two children, Luca and Anna, in their downtown apartment in Washington DC.