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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Rainbow, Unicorn, Art Party

So I haven’t posted much since summer started. I have a great give away coming up soon so keep checking for info on that to come soon. My big project of the summer is always my daughter’s birthday party. This year she couldn’t decide between an art party, rainbow party, or unicorn party, so we combined the three!
My BIGGEST discovery was that you can print a THREE foot by FOUR foot photo at Staples for $5.00!!! I did it online and they are called engineering prints. Its just printed on bond paper,not photo paper, but its so cool looking. I sent my photo online and it was ready to pick up in 15 minutes!
I am going to Mod Podge these to a large foam board or canvas for decorations in my daughter’s room when I’m done.
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June painted the rainbows and then added glitter glue paint
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She also painted some Unicorns that we drew together
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We tied up 30 shirts for this party in different tie dye styles like the heart and the swirl. Heres the tutorials we watched. It was really easy and so much fun!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoppTRhEJYQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyDFWIFvF3k
All the kids had to do was squeeze the dye on the shirts in the colors they wanted. We used the Tulip brand tie dye kit.
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We did not presoak the shirts in soda ash,it is not required with this kit, but you can if you want.
You will indeed get better, more intense colors if you presoak with soda ash. Soda ash, also known as sodium carbonate, produces a higher pH, which activates the cotton in your fabric to make it react well with the dye. You can get very good results with this type of dye; it is vastly superior to the direct dye found in all-purpose dyes such as Rit or Tintex, neither of which work at all well for tie-dyeing with more than one color. We used the Rit dye and it did not work well. You can buy the Tulip brand soda ash if you like, or you can buy the exact same soda ash from the swimming pool supply store or hardware store for a considerably better price, and in a more convenient container.
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Unfortunately I didn’t get any pics of the kids doing their shirts. It was chaotic as you can imagine!
Everyone took their shirts home in a zip lock bag to set for 8-12 hours (the longer the better)
then rinse in the sink or hose
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wash in hot water , and dry
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We had paint brush crispy treats for “starving artists”
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The cake was made from six cake pans of white Dunkin Hein’s white cake with food coloring. We made the icing from scratch from a wedding cake magazine. You need clear vanilla for the icing that can only be found at a baking or craft store.
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It has four pounds of sugar in the icing alone!!!!
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I got the little wooden unicorn on top of the cake from Michaels in the dollar spot. It came with markers but I painted it myself with acrylic paint.
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The kids also made Rainbow Necklaces with Fruit Loops!
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It turned out to be a fabulous time for everyone and one of the best party’s we have done. I am still getting pictures and texts of the kids in their finished Tie Dye shirts which is really fun, here’s a few below that I just got now! HAppy Tie Dying!!
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13 comments:

  1. That is so fun! Great job! I'm also glad to see someone I "know" mention the engineer prints. My mom and I want to blow up some old photos that way for my great grandma's 100th birthday party next March. :)

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  2. That's amazing! Thanks for the tip for blowing up photos at Staples. What a great idea!

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  3. What great party ideas for the young kids! Thank you for the great tips about the tie dyeing.

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  4. Hi I’m Heather! Please email me when you get a chance! I have a question about your blog. HeatherVonsj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. Absolutely ADORABLE!!!!

    Lindsey @ GrowingKidsMinistry.com

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  6. question? did you have the guest bring shirts to tye dye or did you buy them from somewhere?

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  7. i love the idea of the childs doing their own tye tied!! super cute!

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  8. This is SO COOL!!! I found you on Pinterest! I tried it out for myself and Blogged about it! I mentioned your blog in my post!
    I also love all the other ideas you have for an art party! This is right up my daughters alley! She just turned 4 also!
    If you want to read my post here is the link!
    http://lifesprinkledwithglitter.blogspot.com/2012/11/easy-enlarged-prints.html
    Thanks Again!!!!
    Colleen from Life Sprinkled With Glitter

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  9. Found you on pinterest and wanted to say that I love the ideas you have here! We are doing a rainbow painting party for my daughter's 5th birthday in just a few weeks and part of the "favor" is that the kids are getting tie dyed smocks! I am not brave enough to let them do it at the party so we are doing them a few days in advance. Great job!!

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  10. i love all your ideas & plan on hosting a tie dyed rainbow party this june for my daughter's 3rd birthday. I'm going to do the t-shirts as favors (and thank you for the suggestion of rubber banding them all before hand and just passing them out at the party). How many boxes of the tulip dye did you end up using? I'm going to have 15 kids so figure about 20 shirts. PS - I also found you via pinterest :)

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  11. This is absolutely fantastic! What a wonderful mother!

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