Canada Day Projects

Canada Day Dyeing Projects

Dip Dye Red Shorts

Dip dyed shorts are an easy way to wear  the colours of the flag to celebrate Canada Day. This easy DIY is suitable for beginners and can be customized to your taste.  

Dip Dyed Shorts  

Dyeing Supplies:
  • Tintex Scarlet Red or Cardinal Red
  • Plastic gloves
  • White shorts
  • Glass bowel or plastic bucket
  • Measuring cup
  • Spoon
  • Kettle

Directions:

  1. Use clean damp white shorts.
  2. Use plastic gloves to protect hands, cover work area with plastic if needed.
  3. Mix dye powder with heated water until completely dissolved and transfer solution into dye bath.
  4. Dip bottom of fabric into dye bath and keep submerged until fabric is preferred colour.
  5. Rinse fabric until water runs clear .
  6. Wash and dry fabric with like colours to avoid colour transfer.
  7. Optional: set colour with a warm iron when fabric is dry.

Bullseye Tie Dye

The classic bullseye design will look great on a T-shirt or decorate home accessories like pillow slips, table clothes or napkins for Canada Day parties.

Bullseye Tie Dye

Materials:

  • Tintex Scarlet Red and Cardinal Red
  • Plastic gloves
  • White fabric
  • Elastic bands or string
  • Glass bowel or plastic bucket
  • Measuring cup
  • Spoon
  • Kettle
  • Plastic squirt bottles or spray bottles (optional)
  • Plastic wrap (optional)

Directions:

  1. Start with clean, damp fabric and prepare dye solution as usual.
  2. Decide where your centre is; measure and mark with tailors chalk or simply eyeball it. Pinch and gather centre of fabric into a long tube.
  3. Pull fabric with your hand and secure together with rubber bands or string (rubber bands or string create colour devisions that will show the original colour of fabric).
  4. Dye fabric: use a spray bottle, squirt bottle or just dip dye into a dye bath.
  5. Cover dye with plastic wrap and set aside for a few hours or overnight to set.
  6. Rinse fabric until water runs clear.
  7. Wash and dry fabric as usual, you may also set design with a warm iron if preferred.

Red Flag Towel 

red & white towels

Show your patriotism by covering yourself in a red as vibrant as the maple leaf while you celebrate at a music festival, beachfront cottage or watch park fireworks.  

Materials:
  • Tintex Scarlet or Cardinal Red 
  • Plastic gloves
  • White fabric
  • Glass bowel or plastic bucket
  • Measuring cup
  • Spoon
  • Kettle
    Directions:
    1. Wet the fabric fully and squeeze out excess water. 
    2. Fill bucket with enough hot water to ensure that it will be completely submerged.
    3. Add Tintex dye to two cups of heated water and mix until it is completely dissolved
    4. Add dye mixture to the hot water in your bucket and agitate until it is evenly dispersed.
    5. Add fabric to dye bath and agitate for 30 minutes (or more if needed).
    6. Remove fabric from the dyebath and gently squeeze the excess dye solution out (don't wring)
    7. Run cold water over the item to remove excess dye until water runs clear.
    8. Wash and dry with like colours.
    9. Clean the workstation using soap and/or bleach (if needed) with warm water asap after dyeing.

    Dye Stained Wood 

    Now you can use your extra dye for more than fabric. Dye staining uses your fabric dye solution to add colour to unfinished wood products (anything from boxes, clothespins or trays).  


      

     Dye Wood Staining

    Dyeing Supplies:

    • Tintex Scarlet Red or Cardinal Red
    • Plastic gloves
    • Unfinished wood 
    • Glass bowel, plastic bucket or container (optional)
    • Foam brush (optional)
    • Paint brush (optional)
    • Stencil (optional)
    • Polyurethane (optional)
    • Sandpaper (optional)
    • Measuring cup
    • Spoon
    • Kettle

    Directions:

    1. Use clean unfinished wood
    2. Use plastic gloves to protect hands, cover work area with plastic if needed.
    3. Mix dye powder with heated water until completely dissolved and transfer solution to container.
    4. Dye stain wood: paint freehand or use a stencil, or dip wood into dye bath (until wood is preferred colour).
    5. Air dry wood.
    6. Optional: seal with up to 2 coats of polyurethane with a clean brush. Use fine sandpaper lightly between coats. Remove dust with a cloth and air dry.
    7. Clean the workstation using soap and/or bleach (if needed) with warm water after dye staining.