14 Unique Items You Can Tie-Dye at Home
From bedding to clothing, these items are perfect for your next tie-dye project.
Few DIY projects are as simple, yet hands-on, as tie-dyeing. The technique of tying off areas of fabric and dipping—or submerging—it into different colored dyes yields a psychedelic effect. And since nearly any white or light-colored item can be tie-dyed, your creative options options are endless. From hair accessories to housewares, we're sharing some of our favorite things to tie-dye to help you get started.
Before you start purchasing items to tie-dye, it's important to note that there are a few different methods you can try at home—you'll want to settle on one (or more!) before you start buying the essentials. First, there's the Japanese method of Shibori, which uses indigo to transform items into rich, deep-hued creations. While this isn't technically tie-dyeing, it's a beautiful art form that will yield gorgeous results every time. In terms of more traditional tie-dyeing, there are a few ways to create your designs. There's the classic you know and love: twisting your items, tying them off with rubber bands, and spraying dye straight onto the material. But if you want to try something new, know that you can use Sharpies—yes, the permanent markers—to tie-dye; you'll just need to pair the markers with rubbing alcohol to get the color to transfer. Another option is ice-dyeing, which is a more refined way of tie-dyeing that uses ice cubes and powdered dye to create a subtle design on your final product.
Now that you've considered the different methods of dyeing, it's time to think of the mediums to color. While so many items can be tie-dyed—even Easter eggs!—finding the right canvas is important. You'll want to choose natural fabrics—like cotton and linen—and stay away from synthetic blends. Also steer clear of texturized fabrics with patterns or designs to ensure the best final result. Small things are better left to the pro-dyers, while larger items, like a plain white T-shirt, are ideal for beginners. No matter your level of expertise, you'll find perfect things to tie-dye from these inspirational selects.
Spruce up your table setting with tie-dyed napkins. Choose the ivory hue to ensure your dye pops the most.
Shop Now: Hawkins New York Simple Cotton Table Linens, $28 for four, food52.com.
Place your favorite beverage atop a colorful tie-dyed coaster! It's a stylish way to save your surfaces. Though small, they can unfold for easier dyeing.
Shop Now: Pottery Barn Caterer's Cotton Coasters, $19.50 for six, potterybarn.com.
Whether or not you choose to match your sheets to your pillows, adding tie-dyed pillowcases instantly elevates your bedroom's décor.
Shop Now: Parachute Home Brushed Cotton Pillowcase Set, from $49, parachutehome.com.
Curtains can brighten up any room in your home, so tie-dyeing a set of cotton treatments is a simple and fun way to decorate a room.
Shop Now: Bolé Road Textiles Plain Weave Curtain, $110, boleroadtextiles.com.
This cotton slip dress will have you looking forward to bedtime after you add a pop of tie-dye.
Shop Now: Karu White Cotton Slip Dress, $60 karu.world.
If you're looking for something subtle to tie-dye but want to create something that you can still wear day-to-day, a headband is a great idea. This one's loose configuration makes it easier to dye.
Shop Now: Madewell Soft Tie-Back Headband, $14.99, madewell.com.
A T-shirt is an affordable and easy option for beginner tie-dyers. Pair it with your favorite pair of jeans and you've got a complete outfit.
Shop Now: Hane's Women's "Nano" T-Shirt in White, from $4.48, amazon.com.
Whether worn over your favorite swimsuit or with a pair of linen trousers, tie-dyeing a simple cream-colored button-down is a quick and stylish way to elevate your wardrobe.
Shop Now: Solid & Striped Linen Button-Down Shirt, $107, verishop.com.
Who says staples can't benefit for a little tie-dye? We love the idea of transforming a basic white apron into something as special as the dishes you'll churn out while wearing it.
Shop Now: Sur La Table Linen Apron in Natural, $49.95, surlatable.com.
Use muted hues—like mustard, soft blue, and lavender—to tie-dye socks. They're a great way to make your outfits a little more fun, even if you're the only one who will notice them.
Shop Now: Falke "Family" Ankle Socks in White, $19, neimanmarcus.com.
Linen Bath Towels
Linen towels make your everyday bath that much more luxurious. Brighten up your bathroom routine by tie-dyeing them using one—or multiple—of your favorite colors.
Shop Now: Linoto Linen Spa Bath Sheet, $99, linoto.com.
Jean jackets are a wardrobe staple, and while blue denim jackets are already dyed, you can personalize any white iteration with a splash of tie-dye.
Shop Now: Everlane Denim "Chore" Jacket in Bone, $88, everlane.com.
Bandanas are one of the most versatile accessories around. Whether tied around your neck, in your hair, or on your favorite bag, they're a fun way to show off your personal sense of style. Tie-dye a plain white version to create your own custom look.
Shop Now: StarHatsMSH Cotton Bandanas, $13.49 for four, etsy.com.