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Water Gun Tie Dye Shirts

What a fun way to kick off Summer or a party! Water Gun Tie Dye Shirts could be the most fun we have ever had making our t-shirts! Check out how much fun this is!What a fun way to kick off Summer or a party! Water Gun Tie Dye Shirts could possibly be the most fun we have ever had making our own t-shirts! Check out how much fun this is!

You are only a kid once, and we do our best around here to live it up! The end of the school year is the perfect time for a blowout Summer celebration, and we kicked things off with these Water Gun Tie Dye Shirts! We all had a blast!

What a fun way to kick off Summer or a party! Water Gun Tie Dye Shirts could possibly be the most fun we have ever had making our own t-shirts! Check out how much fun this is!

Water Gun Tie Dye Shirts

You will Need

  • White t-shirt for every participant (found these at Walmart for a little over $2 each)
  • Acrylic Paint (whatever colors you want)
  • Water Guns (preferably the pump kind)

What a fun way to kick off Summer or a party! Water Gun Tie Dye Shirts could possibly be the most fun we have ever had making our own t-shirts! Check out how much fun this is!

I mixed 1 Tbsp of acrylic paint for every 8 oz of water. Next, I filled each kids water gun with their color.  I used 16 oz of water and 2 Tbsp of paint in each one. Pre-mixing the paint in a plastic cup worked the best for us.

I used acrylic paint instead of t-shirt dye or kool-aid because it washes off your skin the easiest. If you were to use another type of paint or dye you could end up being a Smurf. Don’t be a Smurf….use acrylic paint. 😉

What a fun way to kick off Summer or a party! Water Gun Tie Dye Shirts could possibly be the most fun we have ever had making our own t-shirts! Check out how much fun this is!

I had the kids put on some old pants that we weren’t worried about ruining and their white t-shirts. Then gave them each their paint filled water guns. I added some rules that made this a bit more fun.

  • They had to stand in the same spot; running would have messed the yard and not their shirts.
  • After 10 seconds they switched guns. That way they would end up with different colors.
  • Aim for the shirts, not for faces. Seriously, this had to be a rule.
  • Have fun!
  • No refills, so make it worth it!

What a fun way to kick off Summer or a party! Water Gun Tie Dye Shirts could possibly be the most fun we have ever had making our own t-shirts! Check out how much fun this is!

Ready, aim, fire….they were off!

What a fun way to kick off Summer or a party! Water Gun Tie Dye Shirts could possibly be the most fun we have ever had making our own t-shirts! Check out how much fun this is!

I swear I said no faces!

What a fun way to kick off Summer or a party! Water Gun Tie Dye Shirts could possibly be the most fun we have ever had making our own t-shirts! Check out how much fun this is!

We’re getting colorful!

What a fun way to kick off Summer or a party! Water Gun Tie Dye Shirts could possibly be the most fun we have ever had making our own t-shirts! Check out how much fun this is!

Dude!!! Faces!!

What a fun way to kick off Summer or a party! Water Gun Tie Dye Shirts could possibly be the most fun we have ever had making our own t-shirts! Check out how much fun this is!

Don’t they look fantastic? Not pictured was the fact that Mom had a water gun hidden with red paint in it!!! Muah ha ha…. It was every man for himself when their guns were emptied. ROFL!

What a fun way to kick off Summer or a party! Water Gun Tie Dye Shirts could possibly be the most fun we have ever had making our own t-shirts! Check out how much fun this is!

I am pretty sure that I just got some best first week of Summer award!

What a fun way to kick off Summer or a party! Water Gun Tie Dye Shirts could possibly be the most fun we have ever had making our own t-shirts! Check out how much fun this is!

I love the way these turned out! The water mixed with the acrylic creates a watercolor effect. The longer it is on the shirt, the more it absorbs throughout and blends!

What a fun way to kick off Summer or a party! Water Gun Tie Dye Shirts could possibly be the most fun we have ever had making our own t-shirts! Check out how much fun this is!

We are going to do this again!  By the way, the kids washed clean. No paint stains on their skin. Which is a small miracle? I wish I could say the same for their underwear, which is now also tie-dyed. LOL, It’s ok, such a fun day with a ton of memories made!

 

 

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7 Comments

  1. Hi there!
    Quick question. Did the paint burn their eyes or cause any issues? I would love to do this at our kids’ upcoming birthday party, but I don’t want anyone getting hurt or having issues due to it accidentally getting into their eye(s).

    Thanks!

    1. My kids didn’t get it directly in their eyes. They do have clear safety goggles at home depot or Lowes. Might be a great way to protect eyes at a party since kids tend to get excited about fun activities like this.

  2. I loved this idea. I tried it yesterday only put the shirts in cardboard instead of in a water fight. Did they turn out stiff after they dried? Did you rinse them at all?

  3. Did this at my daughters 14th birthday over the weekend! It was a total hit! They called it the best version of man hunt to date! It came off their skin easy with a baby wipe and of course the rest washed off in the shower. I haven’t tried washing the shirts yet but I’m going to try the age old trick of salt in the wash in attempt to maintain the color in the fabric. We made an absolute mess on the concrete that did NOT just wash away with the hose… pressure washer will be the next step hopefully that will do the trick. A few kids got it in their eyes (we used white face masks that covered nose and mouth and those got tiedyed too) but rinsed their eyes with a bit of clean water and everyone seems just fine.

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