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Quick Project: Make Tie-Dye Art for a Gallery Wall

Using the tie-dye or Shibori method, it's so easy to make your own interesting art for a wall gallery.




The tie-dye or Shibori method of dying fabrics has been used for many different reasons, from clothes to fabrics, and now you can use this same method for making an interesting collection of art to add to a wall gallery. With assorted patterns and designs, these easy-to-achieve patterns can be hung on a wall for an instant and eye-catching feature. Plus, you can choose your own dye or food colouring colours to tie in with your home decor.



Fabric - cotton or linen is best - or repurpose an old bed sheet

Blue fabric dye - or use food colouring as an alternative

Rubber bands or string

2 Large plastic or glass containers

Thick card or cardboard

Picture frames, ready-made or make your own


Cordless screwdriver or manual screwdriver

Sharp scissors


Tape measure and pencil

Safety gear









1. Work out the size of the fabric to cut to fit into the frames. When cutting, make sure to allow extra to fold over the back of the card or cardboard insert that will go into the frame.

2. Have an idea of the tie-dye or shibori patterns you want to create for your picture frames - you will find plenty on the web - and tie or use rubber bands to wrap the cut fabric to create unusual and interesting patterns



GOOD TO KNOW: While traditional Shibori uses a specific dye for the dyeing process, you can easily replicate this with fabric dye or food colouring. If you are using food colouring, you may need to do a few test pieces to determine the correct concentration of food colouring and water to achieve the perfect effect.







3. Fill one container with clean water and the other with water and dye (or food colouring). Place your tied fabric in the plastic container of clean water and leave to soak for [1] hour.



4. After soaking in the clean water, place the fabric into the dye water and leave for a further hour. After that, wring out and rinse the dyed fabric and leave them to dry. Iron if necessary.



5. Cut the card or cardboard to fit into the frame for a snug fit and wrap the dyed fabric onto this. Make sure there are no creases on the front of the fabric. If required, use tape to secure the fabric to the back of the card or cardboard or use pieces of cardboard to make gap fillers, as shown below.



Your new tie-dye art is ready to hang on the wall.









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