Step one: Buy a tie dye kit or a few colors of dye. We got the Tulip brand from JoAnn. It's colors are very vibrant. Buy or find a light colored or white piece of cotton clothing. Wash and dry it without fabric softener.
Step two: Shape the shirt or whatever is being dyed into a design you want. The instructions in the kit will give you some ideas. We did the spiral design. The one on the right is a pillow case that will have spots.
Step three: Get the shirt wet and squeeze out the excess water.
Step four: Put on gloves or your hands will look like this (or worse):
Step five: Put your shirt on a protected surface (we put out large pieces of paper in the grass), put on something to protect your clothing, and start squirting on the dye. Sometimes parental supervision is required.
Keep adding color until you think you're done.
Step six: When you're finished place shirt in a plastic bag to sit over night.
We are waiting for the next steps. Cutting the rubber bands and letting the shirts dry. Then I hose off the shirts outside until the water runs clean. Then I wash the shirts in the washer. After they're out of the dryer they are ready to wear.
I'll post the pictures of our artistic shirts when they are done. For any one that's ambitious my sister-in-law, after seeing Meg and Mat's pillowcases, is going to do sheet sets next year. I think that would be fun.