Tired of plain white masks? Want something fun to do with the family? Do you just love crafting and creating? If any of these questions apply to you, this easy and inexpensive guide to tie dying face masks could be for you! We used food coloring as a safe and inexpensive alternative to traditional dye and dye kits. However since the food coloring is not as strong, the dye will wash out. This is fun and a great way to temporarily add some decoration. Follow along, learn something new and maybe even give it a try yourself!
1. Soak in Water/Vinegar Mix
Soak the fabric in a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water for at least one hour. Make sure the mixture completely covers the fabric. By soaking the fabric first, this will result in brighter and more vibrant colors from your dye.
2. Make the Food Coloring Dye Mix
Next, use recycled water bottles with squeeze tops to mix your dye. The squeeze tops will make squirting the dye on your mask easier for more intricate designs. The mixture for the dye is 1/2 cup of water for about 8 drops of dye. Make more dye mix than you think you will need to ensure you won’t run out.
3. Create your Designs
Twist, fold, or wrap up your fabric to create the desired design you want. For design ideas, follow this link HERE for step-by-step instructions. Make sure you are in a safe area that won’t be ruined by stray dye. We used a sink since masks are small, but this can also be done outside or on a plastic covered floor or table. Gloves can be worn to protect your hands from dye stains. Squirt desired colors on the mask and make sure that the dye completely soaks through.
4. Wrap your Design in Plastic
Once you finish your design, wrap it in plastic or enclose in a plastic bag. Let set for a minimum of eight hours or overnight. The longer the dye sets, the brighter and more vibrant the colors will be. Decide whether a bright or faded design is desired and let it set for that amount of time.
5. Rinse your Mask and Wear it Out!
Take your mask out of the bag and remove all rubber bands or strings. Wear gloves to protect your hands from dye stains. Rinse the masks in cold water until the water runs clear. Once it is rinsed, let it hang dry and wear out! Wash masks separately for the first three washes to ensure stray dye doesn’t stain other masks or clothes. Food dye is not as strong as other dyes, so this will start to wash out overtime. For more permanent results, we suggest using Tulip Tie-Dye Kits.
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