DIY Dorm: Neon “Tie-Dye” Shirt

Summer is upon us. As the seasons change over, we leave behind the muted pastels of spring and dive right into the pool of neons anxiously awaiting us. With this vibrant color palette comes a new batch of Do-It-Yourself Projects just waiting to be attempted. We decided to start with an updated twist on a childhood favorite: tie-dying. Rather than traditional tie-dye techniques, we used neon fabric paints to create a highlighter-colored masterpiece. Keep reading to find out how the project came out!

When I stumbled upon this project on I Love To Create, the first thing that caught my eye was the small number of supplies required. All you need is neon fabric spray paint (we went with Tulip Brand, available at Michael’s, Joann Fabrics, and most craft stores) and a light-colored shirt! After that, it was smooth sailing.

What You’ll Need:

Neon Fabric Spray Paint (Tulip Brand has neons that work great)
– White (or light-colored) shirt of your choice
– Newspaper or some sort of covering for your work area

What You’ll Do:

Step One: Cover the area you’ll be working on. Lay out the white-shirt flat in front of you.

Step Two: Begin pleating the shirt. Pinch the fabric until it forms a series of pleats (or rolls).

Step Three: Work up the shirt one by one, folding it almost like an accordion. Continue until you have the entire shirt pleated (see photos below).

Step Four: Now it’s time to start spraying. I used two colors – pink and yellow – and alternated them up the shirt, slightly overlapping each one. Give your first color a spritz or two before you spray your shirt, you want to make sure the color comes out smoothly. Spritz a few times over the area with the first color. Depending how intense you want the color, go over the area one more time. Then pick up your second color and repeat the same thing.

Step Five: Work your way towards the top of the shirt, alternating each color. When you get to the top, respray each area to ensure the color is the shade you want it.

Step Six: Carefully unfold the shirt and hang it up to dry. It should be dry within 4 hours or so. After 72 hours, wash it inside out in cold water.

Whether you’re attending a music festival or looking for a new shirt to work out in, you’ll be all set with this highlighter-inspired DIY. Enjoy your tie-dye made easy!

What do you think? Will you be trying this out for yourself?

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