Inside: How ice dyeing makes the best ice tie dye.

Summertime is the best time for making fun DIY tie-dying projects. This super easy and totally cool ice tie-dye DIY not only makes the coolest dyeing effect, but it requires the warm summer sun.

So grab all those old shirt, shoes, pillow cases and towels and let’s get to ice tie-dying, which looks more like colorful marble than tie dye and I love it brightens up a space.

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The kids love setting up the ice and checking in on it throughout the day to see how much had melted. We made these totally cool dyed pillowcases, which are great for all our summer slumber parties.

Doing the project at a DIY themed party, or making them ahead of time to give as party favors would be perfect. And don’t forget birthday gifts! This ice dying is a fun way to hand make a gift for teachers, grads soon to go off to college or even dads this time of year.

We made a day of sunny summertime activities to do while we waited for the ice to melt, including working on our jumbo jigsaw puzzle! 


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How to Ice Tie Dye Anything

Here are a few supplies you will need:

1. First, you want to start by setting up your work station. Place a bowl underneath your cooling rack to catch any melted ice runoff.

2. Then you want to make sure you wash your items before you being the ice dyeing process. Make sure to leave them wet and don’t dry them!

3. Gather and scrunch your item create a fun dying pattern.

4. Place clumps of ice onto your item.

5. Then sprinkle the Rit dye all across the ice and wait for it to melt.

6. Once the ice has melted treat your item as directed on the Rit dye package!

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Ice Dyeing Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to make sure your tie dye turns out perfectly!

  1. When arranging your items the more scrunches and gathering is better. But, you want to make sure it is as flat as possible. I know this sounds confusing, but you want to make sure ice is hitting all of the items.
  2. The type of ice you use will affect the type of ice tie-dye pattern you will get. Small crushed ice gives a more full colored look, but larger pieces give off a more tie die effect.
  3. Make sure to wash your object prior to dying, this is just a great tip for any tie-dying project you have. You want to make sure your project is wet, so make sure you do not dry a
  4.  I suggest doing this project outside and a warm sunny day. The sun and warmth speeds up the melting process and creates a natural dyed look.

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A Few More Fun Summer DIY’s

Like I said before this ice tie-dye project is such a great summer DIY, but here are a few more of my favorites…

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Let us know in the comments what your favorite summertime DIY is. There are so many fun activities to do in the summer and this DIY ice dyeing is one of my all time favorites!