Tie-Dye With Spices With This Easy to Follow DIY From Spice and Tea Exchange at Disney Springs
One of our favorite places to visit during our Disney Springs visit is the Spice & Tea Exchange at Disney Springs. Conjuring up the feeling of walking through a bustling Moroccan street market the sights and flavors here are incredible. Whether you are on the lookout for something to spice up your evening dinners or a tea perfect for mellowing you out after a long day, you’ll find it here.
That’s why we here at MickeyBlog are excited to share this recipe with you which conjures up some of the magic from a Spice and Tea exchange visit and uses it to help you make a pretty awesome DIY project! You’ll love this tie-dye project that uses some of the more colorful spices you’ll find at the shop.
Let’s take a look:
Things you’ll need before you start:
- Rubber bands
- Cotton t-shirt, sheet, or other cotton garments
- Buckets for mixing dyes
- Access to boiling and cold water
- Spices & teas for steeping
Before You Start
Think about the following:
- How you want to tie your fabric for dyeing
- What color you want to dye your fabric
- Pick a good place in the yard to set up your different dyes
- Find a place to hang your project when you’re finished
What Spices To Choose
Below are several of our products that make amazing natural hues for tie-dyeing as well as our step-by-step process to get the best results dyeing a cotton t-shirt. And if you can’t make it to the Disney Springs location to pick them up, you can order them online here.
The natural red color of a beet creates a rich red hue
Hibiscus Flower Tea – Cut & Sifted
Hibiscus flowers also offer a red hue! Play with soak times for dainty pinks.
Saffron – Spanish
Anything but mellow, Saffron makes a luscious yellow.
Paprika – Smoked Sweet
Rich orange pigments in Paprika add vibrant variations to your dyeing.
Dandelion Root – Roasted
For a more neutral tan hue, try Dandelion Root!
Black Chocolate Tea
Looking for a rich brown tint for your project? Try our Black Chocolate Tea or any of our black teas for that matter!
Step 1-2: Rinse your cotton shirt in cold water and wring out.
Step 3-5: Using a large bowl, place boiling water, and two to three tablespoon of spice or tea into the bowl. Let the spice/tea infuse in the water for three minutes or until you have completed tying up your fabric with rubber bands in the following steps.
Step 5-7: Place a t-shirt flat on a table and begin creating your tie-dye print (swirl & stripe prints are shown in photos). Wrap rubber bands around the shirt for swirl pattern.
Final step: Once you have completed tying your fabric with rubber bands gently place the fabric into one of the bowls of steeped spices or tea.
Let sit in the dye for at least six hours or overnight for the best results.
Remove the garment from the bowl after sitting for six to twelve hours and carefully rinse with COLD water. A simple dunk in and out of cold water is fine. If using a spice ingredient some of the powder will remain on the shirt, this is fine as those areas will be darker.
Once you rinse your fabric in cold water the remaining spices will disintegrate into the fabric.
After rinsing let the fabric dry outside or in a well-ventilated area. Watch carefully as to not let the sun “over-expose” your garment and bleach the natural dye color. You want the sun to dry the fabric but not completely wash out the dye applied.
After your t-shirt air dries, you can wear it! Do not wash your shirt the first time, you can wash the shirt the second time you wear it and only in COLD water. Because these are natural dyes the pattern will fade lightly the more you wash it.
Guests can show off how your spice or tea-dyeing project turned out by tagging the Spice and Tea exchange on Instagram @spiceandtea! Also, be sure to keep following along with MickeyBlog for more fun ways to add a bit of Disney magic to your time at home!
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