Craft Review: Tie Dye Kit

It’s product review time again and this time we are taking a look at Tie Dye Kit I ordered off Amazon. I was hoping Jack would like it… but I underestimated his reaction because he absolutely LOVED this kit and has been wearing his tie dye shirts non-stop since we made them.

This is the exact kit we bought off Amazon: Tulip One-Step 5 Color Tie-Dye Kit for $19.99

The kit includes:

  • 5 squeeze bottles pre-filled with dye powder (yellow, red, purple, blue and green)
  • 5 refill packets of dye powder (yellow, red, purple, blue and green)
  • Gloves
  • Rubber bands
  • Instructions on how to do a variety of dye styles

I also ordered this set of 5 Hanes Boy’s T-shirts to dye for $7.50.

We filled up the 5 bottles of powdered dye with water and they lasted us through dying 6 shirts, with plenty left to probably do at least 4 more shirts. AND we still have all the refill dye powder packs left, so this kit certainly gave us some bang for our buck.

Jack decided to do a variety of tie dying styles – one with stripes, one crumpled, one in your classic starburst pattern, etc. In order to keep the colors contained and not all over my house, we dyed the shirts in the laundry tub. After each shirt was finished, I put it in a plastic grocery bag and stuck it out of the way until the next morning.

I washed each shirt out by hand in the laundry tub to get most of the extra color out and then did a load of laundry. Oh and in addition to Jack’s 5 shirts, I also threw in an off-white shirt of my own that needed a little extra color. And here’s what we ended up with:

We had SO MUCH FUN with this kit. Since we kept it all in the laundry sink, we didn’t make much of a mess. The shirts all turned out so fantastic and Jack loves that he made them himself.

I would highly recommend this kit for a fun quarantine activity. Or just a fun summer activity with your kid(s) or… even by yourself because tie dye is apparently super fashionable again!

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Trying Out Some Homemade Quarantine Face Masks

Now that the Governor of Maryland has made it mandatory to wear a face mask when visiting retail establishments, I had to figure out what we were going to do about face masks. The disposable ones have been sold out online forever but there have been a ton of make-your-own tutorials popping up all over Facebook. So, I decided to try a few.

No-Sew Mask from a T-shirt from Jennifermaker.com

I found this tutorial at Jennifermaker.com and thought that it looked super easy to do. Basically, she sends you a pattern in a variety of sizes, you print it out, and then cut your t-shirt to match the pattern.

I used her Adult Large pattern, cut up a black t-shirt and it worked okay. However, I had trouble keeping the ear bits hooked over my ears. Also, when I tried it on my husband, the pattern was way too small for his face. I never really thought of him as having an overly large face… but apparently, he does. If I had liked this pattern more, I would have tried it again making it a bit larger. As it was, this was my least favorite DIY mask.

No-Sew Mask from a T-shirt from the CDC

This is one of the most common ‘make a mask from a t-shirt’ instructions that I’ve been seeing out there and this particular one came from the CDC.gov website. Here is how you do it:

Source: CDC.gov

I followed these instructions and ended up making about a dozen masks. Once again, they aren’t perfect, but they are pretty easy to make and easy to tie onto your face. You do need to either double up or stick an extra square of cotton fabric in the mask in order to keep with the ‘two layers of cotton’ rule. These work pretty well and I thought they were a winner, until I tried the next tutorial.

No-sew mask from a T-shirt sleeve

I saw a video for this one on Facebook, but it won’t allow me to link to it here. However, here is one on YouTube that is very similar:

I found this one much easier to make and wear than the first two tutorials. Basically, you cut a sleeve off a shirt and then BOOM that’s your mask. I made this with a couple t-shirts and also used one long sleeve shirt from our donation bag to make 6 masks.

Ignore the animal print mask for now…

Travis likes this one best, since they go on easy, fit well and are plain colors (I made black for him). These will stay in his truck for when he needs them and are super easy to launder after each wear.

My DIY Masks

I wanted to make myself a couple ‘nicer’ masks to wear when I go into stores, so I dove into my old fabric bin and found a few different options. I don’t have any elastic in the house and my rubber bands are too tight to stretch them over my ears, so I shredded a couple t-shirts and made string out of them.

Anyways, I didn’t follow a pattern and just sewed small pillows – I took two pieces of fabric that were about 9” x 6” and sewed three sides together just like a pillow. I left holes in each corner and poked the ‘string’ through on each side. I flipped everything right side out and I sewed up the top and bottom so they looked less messy. That’s about it. They aren’t perfect and I certainly wouldn’t sell them or anything, but they should be fine for when I have to leave the house for a grocery run.

Have you been making your own masks or buying them from somewhere? Do you have a favorite seller or tutorial to share?

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Quarantine Hair: Revisiting Box Dye

Like many of you stuck at home during this coronavirus quarantine, my roots have been growing out. According to my handy-dandy little calendar reminder back when I had plans that weren’t scratched out… 3/31 was when I hit 10 weeks since my last colorist appointment. Which means my roots were driving me CRAZY.

I’ve talked about Overtone before: initial post and 6 month update post. Well, I’ve been doing a mix of colorist appointments and Overtone Vibrant Orange conditioner for the past 2+ years and it’s been working wonderfully to keep me just the right amount of ginger that I like to see in the mirror.

My only complaint about Overtone was that it doesn’t stick to my un-dyed roots, which made my colorist appointments necessary. However, I saw they came out with a new version called “Vibrant Orange for Brown Hair” so I decided to give it a try.

I instagrammed it and gave a mini-review at the time (click the arrow to see all the photos).

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Mini review: Since we are all stuck at home for awhile, I figured it was the perfect time to try out Overtone Orange for Brown Hair. I’ve been using Overtone orange for awhile and was hoping the brown hair version would stick to my roots better. Pic 1 and 2: it is awfully bright on. I saturated my dry hair and left it on for 10 minutes. Pic 3 and 4: close up of roots and hair in sunroom. Pic 5: hair in outside light. The verdict: brighter then I would have liked and no better root coverage than my normal Overtone. I’m curious to see how this fades and think it might be much better in a week. I think I’ll try the new Overtone Ginger next. #overtoneorangeforbrown #overtone

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Long story short, it still did not stick to my roots. Here they are one week after Overtone in all their 10 week of re-growth glory:

Since we have basically no hope of hair salons opening for another month (at least), I decided that now was the perfect time to try boxed hair dye again. Normally, I’m not the type of person who would be scared of boxed dye. In fact, I dyed my own hair starting at age 15 and did a ton of different colors – red, purple streaks, green streaks, pink streaks, etc.

HOWEVER, 5 years ago I grabbed a box of dye and it straight up ruined my hair. You can read about it and see pictures here: Ginger(ish). The box dye totally messed up my hair to the extent that I had to go to the salon and spend three hours getting the color stripped out, adding in highlights, and then re-adding in an all-over color. It was time consuming and expensive… and I learned my lesson. Ever since then, I’ve let my colorist handle my hair color.

Until now.

I went ahead an added a box of Feria Intense Copper C74 to my Amazon order. It looks awfully orange on the box, but it was the closet to my current spicy ginger I’ve been enjoying. If the color was off, I’d use Overtone again to try to get it where I want it (since it should then stick to the dyed hair).

Also I figured, if it looked horrible, it would probably fade in the weeks/month(s) before I see people. See, quarantine BRIGHT SIDE!

So here we go… I mixed up the dye and sectioned my hair into 4 sections. The dye looks incredibly pastel orange, but I’d already committed at this point. I followed the directions for a ‘touch up’ rather then the full all-over-color job. I saturated my roots for 15 minutes. And then went ahead and added to the color to the rest of my hair and waited 10 more minutes.

Here’s some photos from the process:

In the past, I’ve always erred on the side of leaving the dye on too long. But this time, I tried to slap it in as quickly as possible and keep my timing a little on the light side. So rather than a full 15 minutes to start, I timed myself putting the dye on the roots (which took about 3 minutes) and then just left it on for 12 minutes more or so.

And I somehow got lucky! Because this time the dye did exactly what it was supposed to and blended my roots into the rest of my hair color!

So. Much. Better. And I feel like myself again!

Now, the big question is… will I return to my stylist when this is all over?

Oh, and also welcome to the big reveal of my blog update! I had been having some issues with comments showing up correctly, so I updated the whole look of my blog to fix it. I know change is hard, but do you like it?

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