We had a great time on our spring break beach vacation last month. We rented a waterfront condo and just enjoyed a relaxing week along the gulf. We took long walks along the beach, made sand castles, saw gorgeous sunsets and explored the Gulf Shores area. Our trip included a lot of colorful beach crafts, including dying shirts. I thought it would be cool to try to tie-dye shirts at the beach, but instead of tying them I decided to use a sand resist.
How to Tie-Dye Shirts with Sand at the Beach
clean white shirt
Get your shirt wet. You can soak in a combination of water and soda ash to hold the color. I did not use soda ash.
Lay your damp shirt on the beach and create a design with sand on top. The thicker the sand, the more resist you will get.Apply the fabric dye and let it set for a while. Ours was out there about an hour or two. We had a lot more sand on the shirt on the right and you can see how it resisted the sand.Thoroughly rinse the shirt until the sand comes off and the water runs clear. I rinsed ours in the outside shower down by the beach.
Wrap in plastic or place in a plastic bag overnight. This is what ours looked like the next day.Are those shirts great? I placed the shirts out on the drying rack on our balcony to dry and it ended up raining overnight. We had to pack up and drive home, so I placed the shirts in plastic bags. Unfortunately, the dye kind of soaked in together and we lost of varied colors. Didn’t matter to my son. He has been wearing his shirt a lot lately.Have you ever tie-dyed with alternate techniques like sand?