Published Date May 11, 2020
Stay cool this summer with the lighter side of tie dye. Did you know you can make any Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye color pastel in just a few easy steps? Check out this roundup with instructions and get inspired to channel chill vibes all season long with your favorite clothing tie dyed in shades of pastel!
- Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit of choice
- White 100% cotton item to tie dye
- Disposable plastic surface cover
INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE ANY ONE-STEP DYE PASTEL: First mix your chosen dyes according to kit instructions. If you have extra mixing bottles, pour some mixed dye of each color into a new mixing bottle (one for each color), then refill each with water to dilute the colors and create pastel shades. Test on scrap fabric first if desired to make sure you like the colors. If you don't have extra mixing bottles, you can pour out a majority of each dye color into a plastic cup (one for each color) to save dye, leaving about a third or less of dye in each of your bottles. Refill with water to dilute and shake to mix. Test if desired, until you are happy with each pastel dye color. Get the tutorial for these killer pastel tie-dye jeans here.
Tank tops are pretty much a summer staple for a lot of us; they're perfect for everything from sleeping to working out to lounging by the pool. Put a twist on yours with the spiral tie-dye technique in a warm, summery pastel color palette that's cool like sherbet ice cream. Speaking of ice cream, you can get this same color palette and more pastel shades (and without diluting dyes) with the Tulip Ice Cream Shoppe Tie-Dye Kit.
Looking for another way to cool off this summer? How about combining a cotton tank top with the ice dye technique? Scrunch up your top and let the ice do the work while you chill out with a cold bevvy. Doesn't this fun tank top remind you of cotton candy? Is anyone else hungry right now? Get this color palette and more from the Tulip Ice Cream Shoppe Tie-Dye Kit.
Since we're on a roll with the Tulip Ice Cream Shoppe Tie-Dye Kit - because ice cream and summer go together like, well, the sun ... and summer? Um, anyways, so this pastel tie-dye T-shirt was also created with the Ice Cream Shoppe Kit, and we're really digging the vibe of pastel pink and purples together. Try this palette or one of your choice with the spiral tie-dye technique for a cool take on a classic.
Let's try pastel tie dye in a different technique, shall we? Tie-dye stripes are so easy to do and the result is as many layers of goodness as you want. We went with three wide stripes on our tank top, but you could make your stripes much thinner and create a lot more depending on how many colors you want to use. You'll hear us say this a lot - have fun and experiment with your tie-dye creations! There's no wrong way to tie dye!
If the hot summer sun has everything around you looking dried out and less than lush, add some green into your wardrobe for that fresh spring feeling. Grab any One-Step Tie-Dye Kit containing green and dilute your green to make it pastel; for this look you can simply squeeze the dye onto a tank top, T-shirt, shoes or shorts for the easiest way to go green this summer!
Here's a variation of the stripes tie-dye look using white space in between your dyed stripes. Follow the stripes tie-dye technique, creating horizontal stripes, then add dye to every other banded section to get this same effect. You can make your middle stripe a varying color or go wild with a different color for each stripe!
Depending on where you live, evenings can still be chilly in the summertime, so keep a cozy pastel tie-dye hoodie ready for action when the sun goes down. This simple pastel stripes tie-dye look has a big impact, don't you think? It's just simple enough to wear with anything, but still colorful enough to pop!
Annnndddd one more hoodie for good measure if there's still a chill factor where you live, even in summertime. We love the pastel camo vibes this hoodie has going on. Recreate it using the ice dye technique and pastel pinks and greens or any color palette you're currently vibing with.