As part of our journey to simplify our lives, we are deliberately choosing good open-ended toys for our kids, things that can be used a million different ways and encourage imaginative play. Also, I'm choosing crafts and activities for the kids that result in real items they can use, play with, or give away. No more paper plate crafts hanging out on my kitchen counter! (Truth be told, I never liked paper plate crafts anyways.)
So tie dying play silks was two birds with one stone. A fun activity for a sunny afternoon, and a simple open-ended toy for imaginative play!
We used 35" square silk scarves from Dharma Trading Company and a Jacquard tie dye kit. I picked this kit because it included the soda ash dye fixer, which helps fabrics to absorb and retain the dye. Any kit you get will come with instructions....but I'll take you through a little photo tutorial of our project.
You start by soaking the scarves in water.
Then you wrap and twist and fold the scarves to your liking, and bind them with elastics.
You dissolve the soda ash in a bucket of hot water.
And soak the scarves in it for 20 minutes.
While the scarves are soaking, mix up the dye. If you are like me you will think that there is no possible way you could get dye on your hands just mixing it up, and you'll be wrong. And then you'll have to take the kids to their scheduled check-up at the doctors office with tie dyed hands.
So don't be like me. Wear gloves, silly!
Let your kids spray dye all over themselves, the deck, and the backyard in general. Ummm, I mean, the scarves.
Wrap up the scarves in something so that they don't come in contact with anything you ever want to use again. I reused the bags that the scarves came in for this purpose. Let sit for 24 hours.
The next day, rinse the scarves and then wash and dry them. If our neighbours weren't already pretty sure they lived next door to hippies, they are now.
So far our play silks have been used as doll blankies, teddy bear diapers, super hero capes, nativity costumes (look mom,I'm just like Mary from the bible!), picnic blankets, fort walls and props for a 5 year olds impromptu theatrical dances. And we've only had them for a day and a half!
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