The first day of summer is finally here and in many parts of the country, the soaring temperatures are calling for a trip to the beach. If you're planning on packing up your car and bringing your family to the lake or the ocean for the first time this season, you may want to try out a new crafting project in honor of the momentous occasion. Instead of throwing those tired, old beach towels in the car for this trip, give them a refreshing twist by tie-dyeing each one to showcase something fresh and exciting on the sand.
Break out a stack of old white towels or pick up a few cheap ones at a local department store to get started. The Tulip® Super Big™ One-Step Tie-Dye Kit™ is the best choice for larger pieces like towels and tapestries, and comes with a variety of vibrant colors to work with. When you're preparing your tie-dye area, be sure to set up a space outdoors where making a mess won't be an issue. Put down a tablecloth or a piece of plastic over your work area so they dyes won't harm the surface of your outdoor furniture. Lastly, hang up a clothesline outdoors - this will allow you to transfer your finished products directly to the line where they can air-dry and be ready in time for the weekend.
Of course, one of the most important aspects of your tie-dye project is helping your family members choose the right tie-dye technique for their towels. A classic bullseye shape with varying colors is one of the most common designs that are easy-to-work with, and they can take advantage of many hues in your tie-dye kit. If you'd like to go with a eye-catching blend of a single color over a white towel, an ombre tie-dye technique is best. This is made by applying a heavy bit of color along the bottom of the towel and lessening as you move down. This will create compelling contrast and will be a dazzling addition to your beach linens.
With the summer weather finally here in full swing, now is the perfect time of year to tap into those creative juices and give your beach gear a chic decorative boost. This crafting project is a fabulous way to kick off the season and give your family members a fun and festive new accent to show off on the beach.