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Ice-Dyeing

Use our foolproof technique for ice-dyeing — tie-dye's subtler, less messy cousin — to give any solid cotton fabric a watercolor wash, then wrap up the theme with a simple red bow at each setting.

blue ice dyed table cloth and napkins

Photography: CHELSEA CAVANAUGH

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2017

materials

  • Wire rack
  • Plastic bin
  • Fabric
  • Ice cubes
  • Powder dye

steps

  1. Prep fabric: Place rack over bin (or directly in a sink). Soak fabric in water, then twist and wind it into a snake shape on rack to create a wave pattern.
    ice dyeing how to twisted t-shirt
  2. Pile on ice: Gather fabric into center of rack, and cover it with ice cubes.
    ice dyeing how to twisted t-shirt bucket cooling rack
  3. Add dye: Sprinkle dye on top (we used the Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit; from $10.50 for 3 colors, michaels.com) and let ice melt. To set the pattern, wash and dry fabric separately.
    ice dyeing how to twisted t-shirt bucket cooling rack

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