To Dye For – 8 Ways To Harness The Tie-Dye Craze


Many would have you believe that tie-dye started in the 60’s when in fact, it has been around for forever.  Africa, India and Japan have in fact, been tie-dying since the 6th Century.  The Hippies of the 60’s pretty much adopted it making it their own as did many different groups in the 80s and 90s.  Tie-dying remains however a cool and fun fashion statement enjoyed by all for any occasion.

Check out these images to see how tie-dye is twisting it’s way back into the pop culture!


1. Tie-dye macarons: Create an amazing tie-dye effect in your cookies with this Marbled Macarons project. Great for tea parties, baby and bridal showers or to give out as edible wedding favours, these delicate and sweet cookies explode with lovely colour and flavour.


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2. ‘Kiss The Sky’ Crop Top: Get festival ready with this all over print halterneck top.  Lined with coins, it has just the perfect festival going appeal that you’ll want to wear day after day; literally as those loos and showers are always full!


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3. Tie-Dye Macramé Bikini: Make a statement in tie-dye and macramé detailing at the beach this summer. This strappy triangle bikini top features a pretty all-over tie-dye with macramé: two of our favourite DIY techniques!


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4. Tie-Dye Slip Dress With Lace Insert: We love this super feminine take on a tie-dye dress with a lace insert. Team with boots and a hat and you’re ready for the summer.



5. Summer Tie-Dye Frill Beach Playsuit: This playful and sexy playsuit with a bandeau neckline is just the ticket for the hot weather and summer holiday.  We love the soft muted colours of this, flattering for all skins.



6. Tie-Dye Decorative Paper: Rock the tie-dye craze as a book cover, wrapping paper or anywhere else you want to add a bit of 60s love.  Who wouldn’t love a pressie wrapped up in this?


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7. Rainbow Tie-Dye Surprise Cake: Oh my goodness.  How exciting would it be to be five and get this cake on your birthday.  It already looks gorgeous on the outside, but then I’d be screaming at seeing the number inside! I wanna be five again!

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8. The last shoutout has to be to my little ones who are rocking so gorgeously their t-shirts that they made themselves (not easy I might add with a 2.5 year old but we gave it a go and I think the result is pretty cool!)  It’s a really quick and easy process (has to be with little ones) and this is how we did it:

What you’ll need:

  • Two or three bottles of fabric paint
  • A couple of elastic bands
  • A white t-shirt.  You could of course get any colour of t-shirt but I love the look of tie-dye on white 😀

How to do the tie-dye:

  • Lay the t-shirt out in front of you
  • Pinch the t-shirt in the middle and pull up so that you have about 20/30cm of the fabric in your hand
  • Put an elastic band around the fabric about 2cm from the tip, then again about 8 cm down
  • We just used two elastic band but you could use more to create more rings on the shirts and using more colours
  • Get your fabric paint and colour the t-shirts above the first elastic band
  • Repeat with a different colour below the first elastic band and above the second
  • Repeat again with a third colour below the second elastic band as far down onto the t-shirt as you would like the colour
  • Once you have put all your colours on and are happy with it, wrap the t-shirt in cling-film and leave for 6-8 hours.  The fabric paint needs to remain damp so ensure that it is well covered.
  • After 6-8 hours, unwrap the t-shirt and give it a good rinse in cool water until the colour stops running
  • I then gave our t-shirts a run through the washing machine on a very cool short cycle just to ensure that all the colour had come out
  • Dry and wear with pride!

What are your favourite modern-day tie dye items? Let us know in the comments below!


Self confessed DIY maniac, Heidi is the founder of Inching Closer. In my posts, I'll share my love for all things DIY, the secrets I've found for managing a bit of work life balance (although I always thing I could do more!) and my love of fashion and style and how to create it on the cheap and for yourself.

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