A few weeks ago, we were brain-storming on easy ways to add something patriotic to an upcoming photoshoot so we could be ready for the 4th of July. Tie dye has been on-trend all summer, so we decided to do a red, white, and blue tie dye backdrop for our model to play with during the shoot. Follow along with us to do this easy project for yourself for any occasion - you can do rainbow colors for Pride, pastel colors for spring, or just stick with your fave colors for a use-anytime option!

First, get a white 100% cotton piece of fabric. We went to Target's bedding section and snagged a flat sheet for $8, but you can get a cotton flat sheet from anywhere!

Next, you will need to get some fabric dye. Being the tie dye addicts that we are, a kit from Amazon was already in the closet. The only issue with this kit was that it didn't have as much dye as we needed to cover the sheet. That's why it has so many white spaces. We love how it turned out, but if you're looking for something with more color on it, make sure you'll have enough dye. No matter what type of dye you use, make sure you really read the instructions, because some of them require pre-soaking or other set up steps!

We mixed the dye and laid the sheet on the grass. Then we knotted it with rubber bands into random sections. We were going for a fireworks-ish vibe. 


If you got the kit we used, it comes with squeeze bottles to make it super easy and less messy than some other options. Time to get wild and dye the fabric until you either run out of dye or are happy with the saturation!


Once it's covered place into a bag. We used an old plastic bag that was lying around from ghosts of takeout past. Let your beautiful pile of fabric sit in the bag overnight. 

In the morning wash out all the dye with cold water. We recommend doing it in a stainless steel sink or outside with a hose so you don't accidentally dye your sink.

Once the water runs clear put that shit in the washer by itself, run a normal cycle, and sit back and relax. While you're at it, make yourself a mimosa. You earned it! You can hang dry or put it in the dryer, but either way, you are DONE! Good job, babes! 

We wanted to use ours as a fun backdrop for photoshoots but it would also be cute for a picnic! 

If you did this project, let us know! We'd love to see how it turned out for you!

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