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How To Tie Dye With Acrylics Paint

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Tie-dying has always been a fun way for kids to decorate their clothing, but did you know that you can tie dye with acrylics?!

This really changes the game because you won’t have to worry about having a certain type of dye. You can just whip out your acrylic paints and dye away!

tie dye with acrylics

Tie Dye With Acrylics

Being able to tie dye with acrylics is a fun and easy way to change up the game a little bit. You will have access to so many more shades of colors that will make your clothing unique.

To do this, all you need is your article of clothing, some acrylic paints, and a few other materials. Most of which can be found at your local craft store.

You will have a lot of fun with this process too because it does not take a professional. Who would have thought that you would be able to simply use paint to modify your clothes?

dyed shirt with paint

When you tie dye with acrylics, you will have the same or better of an outcome than with normal dye. The colors will be bolder and fade less after being washed.

You can use this dying method to make customized shirts and other articles of clothing for your friends and family. They will be shocked to hear that it was made with paint!

And of course, you can keep your article of clothing all to yourself. There is no rule saying you cannot be proud and flex your new shirt around that you decorated yourself.

colored shirt with acrylic paints

It may not be as common to tie dye with acrylics but you’ll not want to do it any other way after. You will love your results and it will be a special kind of unique!

You should also take a look at the Burp Cloth and Shirt With Cricut Joy Smart Iron if you are interested in some other fun crafts!

dyed shirt with paint
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How To Tie Dye With Acrylic Paint

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

When you tie dye with acrylics, you will have the same or better of an outcome than with normal dye. The colors will be bolder and fade less after being washed.



  • Scissors
  • Medicine Dropper


  1. In a cup mix the water and vegetable glycerin.
  2. Using the medicine dropper and add the glycerin mixture in your bottle and equal parts of acrylic paint.
  3. Shake well and set aside.
  4. Using the rubber bands, wrap your shirt however you want for tie-dye, I did a spiral design. Check the video to see how I did it.
  5. Add your dye into the shirt making sure to saturate it with the homemade color.
  6. Allow to dry fully, you can dry in front of a fan, or in the dryer (will leave color behind and cause colors to bleed a bit, this is what I did) you can also air dry for 24 hours.
  7. Once dry, using your heat press or iron, iron it to lock in the color. Skip if you dry in the dryer.
  8. Finally, wash and dry your shirt.
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