I saw a post floating around on Pinterest about keepsake ornaments for your Christmas tree. The post showed pieces of a wedding invite or birth announcement gracefully curled up inside a clear ornament. It was perfectly put together with fun scripted paint on the outside and staged so that no matter how your ornaments turn out, you are going to feel a little less than par. That’s Pinterest for you, huh? Accepting early defeat, I got the idea to have the kids create keepsake ornaments during our Gulf Shores trip. I figured we could have them collect sand and shells, write a date on the outside, tie a ribbon to the top, and go about laying around on the beach. In practice, it took about an hour and all the adults ended up super gluing their fingers together. Ah, memories!
I haven’t tie-dyed anything since I can’t remember when. It was always something that I enjoyed doing because the shirts always ended up looking so much better than you expect them to. Plus, who doesn’t love rocking some tie-dye? My first day of kindergarten, I wore a tie-dye jumper and had a ‘101 Dalmatians’ lunchbox . It was totally psychedelic. My mom was wearing a full-length jean skirt. It.was.awesome!
Anyway, I digress. The last time I tie-dyed anything, we used big buckets of dye to dip the items in. Frankly, it was a pain in the hump. I’ve recently realized that someone in the entrepreneurial spirit realized that buckets of dye are annoying and came up with a squirt bottle method to tie-dye. I saw it in the store and thought that a tie-dye project during our beach trip would be perfect. Turns out, it was still messy but the shirts still turned out great. Maybe getting dye all over you is just a rite of passage for tie-dying??