Tie-dye is a crowd favourite design that originated in China thousands of years ago. While it rose to popularity in America during the era of the hippies, it is something that’s seen a resurgence in popularity this season, with kids adding the colourful trend to their fashion, footwear, and accessories.
From weekends and rainy days to school holidays, if you’re eager to entertain the kids during the break, tie-dye sneakers are the perfect activity that’ll also give them a fun new pair of shoes for the upcoming school term. Creative and low cost, try this fun DIY activity today.
Let’s make some new kicks!
Product captions: Kmart Canvas Sneakers $10 | Kmart Sharpie Permanent Marker 12pk $12 | Chemist Isocol Rubbing Alcohol Spray $5.99 | Kmart Student Scissors $0.75 | Kmart 3 Day Masking Tape $4
First up, what you’ll need:
The best part about this activity is that many of the items you’ll already have in your cupboard! We recommend checking out Kmart, Target or Big W for a fresh white pair of canvas sneakers and sharpies.
Once you’ve got all the above items, it’s time to get tie-dyeing!
Start by covering the sole and rubber sides of the canvas shoe to ensure the ink doesn’t run.
Now, it’s time to get artsy! Use the sharpies to colour your desired design onto the shoes.
Hot tip: Try a thick stripe design if you’re at a beginner art level or go for a classic spiral for those at an intermediate level.
Spray the rubbing alcohol evenly around the shoe to allow the colours to run. Don’t be shy, be sure to spray a thick layer!
As the shoe dries, you’ll see the magic happen! Feel free to repeat steps two and three until you’re happy with the results.
Once the shoes are completely dry, peel off the tape.
Finally, enjoy your new kicks!
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