Whoever said tie-dying was just for t-shirts? Today we are going to learn how to make Tie Dye Gift Wrap, and I created three versions for the three major Winter holidays: Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.
Okay so I’ve probably talked about my obsession with the 60’s before and I never ever get tired of tie dying ANYTHING. It’s just magical to unfold something that’s been wadded up and dipped in color to reveal a lovely print. This project is relatively easy, if you want to get fancy with the patterns please look online for tie dye techniques used on shirts, you can use them with tissue paper too!
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DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas: Tie Dye Gift Wrap
- White Tissue Paper We used a large size like this but you can use smaller sizes too, just be sure they are big enough to cover gifts!
- Food Coloring / Liquid Watercolors
- India Ink(optional for black)
- Rubber Bands
- Plastic Containers
There is no right or wrong way to fold it; each type of fold will yield different results. Keep in mind is that the more folds you make the more intricate your pattern will be.
- Beginners Pattern Fold your paper half and then fold it into triangles.
- Diagonal Pattern Make your first fold diagonally across the paper, then start folding the long diagonal edge into an accordion shape. After that fold your paper into triangles.
- Radial Pattern Fold your paper in half, then in half one more time. Now start folding the paper diagonally from the center point to create a radial pattern. Fold the point of your triangle in on itself a couple times and place rubber bands on the points of the triangle.
Tie Dying Instructions
- Step 1 Create a work area by laying down newspaper over a table.
- Step 2 Add rubber bands around the end points of your folded design. Rubber bands help resist the dye.
- Step 3 Drop a generous amount of food coloring in separate bowls for each color you are working with. Use diluted India Ink (see tips below for ratio) to make black dye.
- Step 4 Dip one end of your paper into the food coloring and let the paper soak it up. This will take several seconds so be patient. Continue dipping the other points of your paper in other colors. You can also dip center sections of the paper by gently folding it and dipping the crease into the dye. Don’t worry too much about keeping the colors separate, the results of the colors mixing as they are absorbed makes for beautiful results.
- Step 5 Let the rubber banded paper dry on a piece of unfolded tissue paper (Eventually you can use this paper as holiday wrap too!). Let the paper dry for several hours.
- Step 6 Once it’s damp or dry, carefully unfold your sheet of gift-wrap making sure not to tear it. Ta-da!
- Step 7 To flatten out the paper ask an adult to iron it on a cool setting.
- Food coloring stains, so be sure to put down plenty of newspaper to protect the surface below.
- Undiluted food coloring yields the most vibrant colors. Diluting food coloring gives muted tones, causes the paper to soak up a lot of water, and distributes the color farther. This may or may not be the effect you want.
- Dilute your India Ink with water using the following ratio: 1 part ink to 1 part water. India Ink hardens as it dries and will cause your paper to stick together if undiluted.
- Let your paper dry folded up as long as possible. The longer you let the coloring absorb into the paper the better your final effects will be.
Here are the different versions for each Winter Holiday:
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I personally love receiving gifts that have a handmade touch, be it the gift itself or the wrapping. Plus I think I may have just needed an excuse to tie-dye AGAIN!
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