Peace, love and happiness has never gone out of style, but knowing how to tie-dye has made a comeback way beyond the tie-dye shirts. From tie-dyed headbands to tie-dyed curtains, check out these five things you never thought to tie-dye.
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Tie-dyed t-shirt braided headbands
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Tie-dyed T-shirt braided headbands

For daughters like mine who change taste in hair accessories as often as she changes her clothes, these DIY tie-dyed T-shirt braided headbands from Pretty Life Anonymous are just the ticket to changing up her 'do without spending a ton of dough.

Materials:

  • Tulip's One-Step Tie-Dye Kit
  • Cotton T-shirt
  • Sewing machine

Directions:

  1. First pick a pattern and fold and bundle accordingly.
  2. Next, apply tie-dye according to package directions and wrap in plastic wrap to keep moist.
  3. Then let your colors set according to how vibrant you want the colors to be. For the most vibrant colors let set for 6 to 8 hours. For more pastel colors, only let it set for 30 minutes or so.
  4. Once the dye is set to your desired intensity, unwrap, remove rubber bands, rinse off remaining dye and wash T-shirt alone in a hot water with minimal soap and dry like normal.
  5. Next, cut your fabric into 9 (1/2-inch) strips, long enough to wrap around your head.
  6. Then create your first braid and run the ends through your sewing machine to keep them together. Repeat with your other 2 braids separately.
  7. Once you have all 3 braids secured separately, line them up and run through the sewing machine again, attaching them to each other and you're done.
Tie dyed summer tote
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Tie-dyed summer tote

Take your love of tie-dyed T-shirts to a whole other level with this clever T-shirt summer tote by 100 Directions.

Materials:

  • T-shirt
  • Tulip I Love to Create One-Step Tie-Dye Kit
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

Directions:

  1. First, tie-dye your T-shirt according to the package directions on your I Love to Create Tie-Dye Kit and allow to set. Wash and dry your fabric and you're ready to make your bag.
  2. Next, make your tie-dyed T-shirt into a tote by cutting your T-shirt into a low tank top-style look, leaving the top seam to make bag handles.
  3. Then, turn your T-shirt inside out and lay your T-shirt tote on a flat surface so that the front and back of your T-shirt become the sides and you can see through the sides of the handles while the tote lays flat.
  4. Now sew a seam reinforced 3 times across the bottom and add an optional pocket inside (directions on the 100directions.com's site).
  5. Finally, turn the bag right-side out and finish off with any extra embellishments you like.
Tie-dye ombre wicker basket
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Tie-dye ombre wicker basket

Tie-dye projects don't always have to be limited to fabrics. This adorable wicker basket organizer by The V Spot Blog proves that no good thing should go left un-tie-dyed.

Materials:

  • Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye kit
  • Wicker basket
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Clear matte sealer spray

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Tie-dye denim shorts
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Tie-dye denim shorts

You know you're just as excited as we are that tie-dye is back, especially when you can spruce up those denim shorts you've been hanging on to with this tutorial by The Signature Bow for tie-dye denim shorts.

Materials:

  • Denim shorts
  • Rubber gloves
  • Elastic bands
  • Dye teinture
  • Plastic bucket

Directions:

  1. First, soak your jean shorts in water to get them wet and wring the denim so it's not soaking wet.
  2. Next, tie as many rubber bands around your shorts as you'd like.
  3. Then slip on your gloves and put hot water in a bucket and add the dye according to the package directions. For better results you can mix 250 grams of table salt into the water.
  4. Now place the rubber banded shorts in the bucket, ensuring that the denim is covered, and flip the shorts occasionally for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Finally, remove the shorts from the dye, remove the rubber bands, wash all the extra dye out under the tap and run it through your washer. Lay flat to dry and voila, you're done.
DIY tie dye curtains
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DIY tie-dye curtains

Tie-dye bedding and curtains are a big trend in catalogs right now, but you won't have to spend big bucks on name brands with these DIY tie-dye curtain instructions from The Country Chic Cottage.

Materials:

  • RIT liquid dye in 4 different colors
  • 1 queen-sized sheet
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic gloves
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Liquid dish detergent

For instructions on how to make these tie-dye curtains, continue reading at thecountrychiccottage.net >>

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