Let’s make a Tea-shirt… get it?! Haha I’ve been using that joke all week.
Can you tell I like Disney stuff?? Lol There are videos of both of these dances on YouTube. Just search Pirates Dance or Star Wars Dance! They are pretty fun.
Anyways…. I wanted a nice tan colored shirt. Did you know that’s hard to find?! Yes, very difficult. So, I looked up ways to make a white shirt that color. I could just buy brown dye, but I was worried it would be too dark. Then I found a cheaper way, with tea bags!! Just buy some black tea–a whole bunch of it– and you can dye it. Sounds simple, right?!
Things you’ll need:
- Lots of water- hot & cold
- A T-shirt (preferably white for the best look)
- Black tea bags (more than 10 if doing more than one shirt.
- A bucket of a big bowl(if doing only 1 shirt)
Step 1: Fill your bucket
First, you need to fill your bucket (or bowl) with hot water, and tons of it! If your doing one shirt, fill up 1/3 of the bucket OR your entire bowl. If your doing more than one, fill it up with over half. I just used hot water from the sink- our sink water gets boiling hot. Another recipe I found said to boil the water, but why not eliminate that step entirely if you can?! You can also use a tea maker to boil water, it just may take longer to fill up the bucket.
Step 2: Make some Tea!
If you’re doing more than one at a time–like I was– double the amount of tea bags! For example:
- 1 shirt= 5 tea bags
- 2 shirts = 10 tea bags
- 3 shirts = 15 tea bags….
Presto! You’re ready fir the next step!
Step 3: Add the shirt(s)
Now, you will want to check the shirt half way through to make sure all of it is being dyed. For me, I stirred my many shirts to make sure they all got the right amount of dye. Why worry? Well, shirts float! Sometimes a piece will bubble up and stay at the surface. It may create a cool look for sure! But you don’t need it…
Step 4: Drain & Rinse
Drain your bowl/bucket into the sink. Take out each shirt & squeeze all the extra fluid out. You will see tea come out which is ok! It’s sat in it long enough that it shouldn’t fade too much.
Next, fill your bowl or bucket up with cold water; this will set the color on the shirts! Fill the water a little less then when you filled it with hot. Put the shirt(s) in the cold water and let them sit! They need to sit for at least an hour. It’s basically half the time they dyed in the tea.
Step 5: Hang Dry
Squeeze out the water, and hang ’em up! It’s best to do this in a laundry room or bathroom where you don’t care what happens to the floor. Tea will drop out! I put a dark towel down so it didn’t stain the bathroom floor.
And that’s it! Once it’s dry, this shirt is ready to wear! Have fun!!
Thanks for reading!