If you’ve done any clothing shopping this summer, you’ve realized that tie-dye is the trend owning the season. And, it’s not just Fast Fashion celebrating this trend. High-end designers have also been selling out of their luxury tie-dye pieces.

Obviously, there is a manual process to creating anything tie dye, so it has been observed that sometimes tie dye apparel and/or accessories are carrying heftier than usual prices.

Luckily tie dye is not just about manual work, it’s fun to do! So, why wouldn’t you just do it yourself?! It’ll save you money, you’ll have so much fun doing it, and then you’ll get to rock the same look designers are selling for big bucks!

Here are some luxe, fun, and popular tie dye techniques you can do right at home! Get some friends together, sit outside with good summer cocktails, have the grill going, and get those tie dye creations going!

Shibori Tie Dye Technique

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Shibori tie dye is more intricate than modern tie dye. It’s a Japanese technique, and it’s perfect if you want a chic look to your creation.

Step 1: Hold your shirt lengthwise and then twist it tightly, almost as if you are wringing out a towel.

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Step 2: Coil your shirt into a spiral and flatten down with your hand.

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Step 3: Use several rubber bands to bind your coiled shirt in place.

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Step 4: Dye your entire bound shirt with tie dye color of choice. After adding dye to one side, carefully flip it over and repeat on the backside. Wrap in plastic or secure in a zipper plastic bag, then let it set for 6-8 hours. Wash and dry according to the dye instructions.

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String Tie Dye Technique

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When you want a slightly different tie-dye effect, use string instead of rubber bands.

Step 1: Pull, twist or shape damp fabric depending on instructions for desired tie-dye pattern.

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Step 2: Tie string tightly around fabric and tie with a knot.

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Step 3: Cut off excess string after securing.

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Step 4: Continue the process until fabric is secured according to pattern desired.

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Step 5: Dye and allow to set according to instructions. Carefully cut off string before washing.

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Ice Dye Technique

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There’s no need to mix up your dyes for this one! Let the ice do the work to produce one-of-a-kind watercolor tie-dye effects.

Step 1: Wash your shirt (or other fabric item) and leave damp. With the ice dye technique, the crumple tie-dye technique (shown) works great, but you can experiment with other techniques if you want. There's no wrong way to tie dye!

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Step 2: Gather up your damp fabric into a crumpled mound. You can loosely crumple your fabric or really squish it tightly all together for more defined crumples.

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Step 3: Secure your crumpled fabric with rubber bands before tie dying. This will help hold those crumples together more tightly if you are trying to achieve a super defined crumple tie-dye pattern. But you don't have to secure with rubber bands for this tie-dye look; if you're trying to achieve more color flow throughout your fabric, you can leave it unbound and not scrunched as tightly together.

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Step 4: Place your crumpled fabric on a rack over a large plastic tub so the dye will drip down when the ice melts and not puddle under your fabric and muddy colors. Place ice cubes on top of the bound fabric, covering the fabric completely with ice.

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Step 5: For this technique you want to use dye powder, not mixed dyes activated with water. Simply remove the caps and sprinkle dye powders randomly all over the mound of ice in colors of your choice. There's no strategy to it, you can sprinkle the dye powders however you like!

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Step 6: Time to let the ice melt! This will take anywhere from several minutes to several hours based on where you live and how warm the weather is. As the ice melts, it will transfer the dye powders onto the fabric in interesting patterns. The warmer the weather, the faster your ice will melt, so if it melts quickly, place your fabric in a sealable bag and let it set for 6-8 hours for the dye to completely saturate the damp fabric. If it takes 6 to 8 hours or overnight for the ice to melt, you should be fine to move on to the next step without additional wait time.

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Step 7: After the dye has set, remove the rubber bands if used (you might need to cut them if they're on tightly). Reveal your ice dye design, then rinse, wash and dry according to the dye instructions.

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Reverse Tie-Dye Technique

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Reverse dying? How?! Yes, tie dying in reverse is real & results in the most unique designs by first bleaching your design and then adding dye.

Step 1: Pinch bottom corner of shirt and pull shirt into a tube shape.

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Step 2: Wrap rubber bands around the shirt about an inch apart.

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Step 3: Mix 1 part bleach to 1 part water.

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Step 4: Pour bleach solution into a squeeze bottle or spray bottle and apply to the shirt, or other fabric garment.

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Step 5: Allow fabric to bleach to desired shade, monitoring frequently. Then immediately cut off rubber bands, rinse shirt thoroughly and wash. Leave damp.

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Step 6: Lay the damp shirt or garment out flat on a covered surface, and apply desired shades of dye over the bleached sections. Let process and launder according to dye instructions.

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