I am going to show you how to make a tie-dye shirt with chalk paint. Hear me out… I have had paint stained clothes for years now and I consider myself an expert at staining my clothes with paint. Now I am just doing it on purpose! I have used this tie-dye technique on sweatshirts, kitchen towels, cotton blankets, and even baby onsies. Tie-Dye with chalk paint is a beautiful look. Be sure to share your photos with me in the comments!
Supplies Needed for Tie-Dye Shirts
- Debi’s Design Diary DIY paint Or your favorite chalk based paint
- Condiment bottles with pointed tips (mine are from the Dollar Tree)
- Trash bag or Dollar Tree Shower Curtain
- Salt (regular ole salt)
- White Distilled Vinegar
How to Tie-Dye Shirt (Using Chalk Paint)
I start my tie-dye shirt process by choosing my color scheme. I love unique color combinations! I used Debi’s Design Diary DIY Paint. It’s one of my favorites! I used Kissing booth, Blue Iris, Cowgirl Coral and Old 57.
Next lay a Dollar Tree shower curtain down over your work space to catch any spills and also to be able to sop up any spilled tie-dye chalk paint mixture with your project. So it won’t be wasted.
Take one part paint to two parts water. I try to fill half of my condiment bottle. I Add about 1 cup of salt to 4 cups of your very warm but not boiling water. Then add some of this mix in each condiment bottle 2 for $1 at the Dollar Tree). Then I add in my paint. I usually eyeball the amount of Chalk Paint and add a bit more for the lighter colors.
What the Ratio’s look like
The next step in tie-dyeing shirts with chalk paint is to tie it up. I use rubber bands to make my lines when I tie dye. It’s makes it easy.
I gather random area’s and I try to be strategic with my patterns. For instance, I will select the area that I want to highlight with color, gather a small amount of material and wrap a rubber band tightly. Now when I add my color this will have a distinct pattern. I do this randomly on the front and back of my tie dye shirts or any fabric that I am using this method with.
I practiced first on flour sacks and then moved to tie-dyeing shirts with chalk paint. Now I will dye anything in my house that is white or faded!
I start adding my chalk paint dye to the shirt or fabric in the areas that I have placed my rubberbands. I will alternate the colors used in the ends and then move backwards into the main open areas. I try to choose colors that will blend well together (like blue and yellow to make green) to lay in beside each other.
Isn’t this a beautiful color combo?!?!?!?
I let the tie-dye chalk paint mixture start to dry and when it is not dripping wet any longer I will un-band it and hang it outside in the sun to dry and “heat set”. I always wait at least 24 hours.
When I feel that it’s stained and my color is set in, I will spray on white distilled vinegar from my Dollar Tree spray bottle and let it sit in the sun for another 2 or so hours.
Now it’s ready to be rinsed and washed. I will dip my shirt in a warm salt water bath. 1 cup salt to 4 cups of water. Just a quick dip and ring out, then I will put it in the washer by itself on a speed wash, low spin with All Free and Clear laundry detergent.
Finished Tie-Dye Shirt Using Chalk Paint!!!
Voila! I love every tie-dye shirt with chalk paint that I have made for myself and Gigi!
If you have some leftover paint from a project around the house and you want to use it up. My friend Melanie with Southern Crush at home has a fun and easy How to make your own chalk paint recipe for you here.
How to Tie-Dye a Shirt (Using Chalk Paint)
- Chalk Paint
- Warm Water
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Condiment Bottles (Dollar Tree)
- Clear Shower Curtain (Dollar Tree)
- Rubber bands (Dollar Tree)
- Spray bottle (Dollar Tree)
- 1 part Chalk Paint
- 2 parts salt water
- Mix 1 cup of salt into 4 cups of warm but not boiling water
- Pour 1 cup salt water mixture into condiment bottles
- Add 1/4 cup Chalk Paint to the warm salt water mixture
- Shake vigorously
- Band shirt in desired areas
- Add the colored mixture to your shirt
- Let it get dry enough to not drip and unband
- Hang in the sun to dry and leave hanging overnight
- Add Distilled white vinegar to a Dollar Tree Spray Bottle
- Spray generously over shirt front and back (while it is hanging and not laying it flat)
- Leave for at least 2 hours
- Dip in a warm salt water bath (1 part salt to 4 parts water)
- Wash on low spin, cold with All free and clear laundry detergent
Melanie Ferguson says
Oh my goodness! Such a great idea! This is something you can even do with the kiddos–how fun! Thanks for this tutorial.