For a great alternative to the traditional Tie-Dye project, use tea as a natural dye to make Tea-Dye T-shirts! It’s a great way to bring new life to old shirts or to add color to comfortable white tee.


  • a white T-shirt or tank top
  • tea (regular, already brewed)
  • a bowl
  • rubber bands
  • scissors


    1. teadye-longRoll your shirt, lengthwise, tightly into a tube.

    2. Tightly wrap rubber bands around and all the way down the tube

    3. Pour some already-brewed tea in a large bowl. Dip the banded-tube in the bowl. Soak for about an hour, or shorter if you want a lighter shade.

    4. Remove the tube from the bowl and wring it out into the sink. Next remove the rubber bands, unroll the tube and lay flat to dry to see the cool pattern!

    Once it's dry, try it on!

Caroline Gravino Urdaneta, a PBS Parents resident crafter, is a designer of creative family projects, tinkering painter and mother of four children. She writes about project ideas for the whole family and how to encourage creativity in kids on the popular blog, Salsa Pie and shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube Channel. Subscribe HERE.

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