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Nature Resist Tie Dye t-Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or for adults

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We have been enjoying the beautiful weather these past few weekends & spending most of our time outdoors. We have been experimenting & playing with different nature arts & crafts. Last weekend, we brought some watercolor paper outside & laid some leaves & rocks on top & used spray bottles to spray the paper with a mixture of food coloring & water.

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It came out lovely.  I loved the effect & wanted to try it on t-shirts. We tried to recreate the effect to tie dye t-shirts. They came out great, but after we washed the shirts, the food coloring washed out. The food coloring didn’t take, but we were not going to give up on our idea. We found a non-toxic tie dye spray kit on Amazon & hoped that this would do the trick.

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Nature Resist Tie Dye t-Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or for adults.

The directions on the package did not require that we prep our shirts, but I soaked them in a half vinegar & water mixture to prep them nonetheless. I rang our shirts out & then brought them outside & laid them out flat on cardboard. I slid a piece of cardboard between one of the shirts to keep the color from bleeding through to the other side. My daughter wanted her color to go through,

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We gathered rocks, leaves & branches to create our designs. My daughter & I went to work on placing our design elements.

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Once we had all of our pieces in place, we began to use the spray. My daughter wore an apron, but we forgot to put on gloves. It is recommended to wear them because it does get messy. Luckily, the spray washes off of skin very easily.

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We did one side & let it sit out in the sun to dry. The packaging recommends to let the shirt sit for an hour, but we flipped after just a few minutes.

Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or for adults

We made heart designs out of rocks on the opposite side of both t-shirts.

Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature.. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or adults Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or adults

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Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or adults

When we finished spraying the other side, we let it dry in the sun for about 1 1/2 hours. The dye sets in the dryer after about 20 minutes. I also ironed it before washing to help heat set it a little bit more. Once the dye was set, we washed them as normal & then air-dried the shirts. The color held up beautifully. My daughter was so proud of her shirt. She couldn’t wait to put it on & show it off.

Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or adults

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nature painting for kids with food coloring paint spray. Spring & summer art activities