The kids were looking over the 100 Fun Summer Activities List and they expressed an interest in making their own summer shirts.  Thankfully this mama planned ahead and had all the supplies on hand.  After reading a few different tutorials, I decided to give bleach tie-dying a try.  I am so happy with how they turned out.


  • Shirt
  • Bleach
  • Spray Bottle
  • Press and Seal Wrap (or I read that freezer paper works)
  • Iron
  • Towel
  • Printer
  • Cardboard


How to:

  1. First search for the perfect silhouette and print them out.
  2. Next place Press and Seal Wrap on top of your design and cut it out.
  3. After you are done cutting, carefully remove the paper from the wrap.  (This was the hardest part of the project as the wrap really clung to the paper.)
  4. Place the wrap, sticky side down, on your shirt and cover with a towel.  With a slightly warmed iron, press firmly down and the wrap with adhere to the shirt (don’t worry it comes off very easily when you are done).
  5. I mixed equal part bleach and water into a spray bottle.  There is no need to fill the entire spray bottle, you won’t use too much.
  6. Place cardboard in between the front and back of your shirt to avoid bleeding through.
  7. Spray the shirt directly over the design.  Spray a little at a time until you get the desired effect.  My tank started turning immediately where as Josiah’s took repeated sprays.  As you can see in Hannah’s shirt, we got some pooling effects and some over spray.  Since we had pulled the shirts tight around the cardboard, You can see the cardboard outline on Hannah’s shirt but she didn’t mind.
  8. Let the shirts dry in the sun for at least 20 minutes
  9. Once dry, remove the Press and Seal Wrap, and rinse with cold water.
  10. Let dry once again and then you are ready to wash and dry it as you would normally.

My kids are so excited with how their shirts came out.  With how easy the project was, I imagine, this will become a regular summer activity.