Butterfly chairs seem to be all the rage now. Especially in the preteen crowd. Paige has been wanting a chair for her bedroom for a while, so when I found this at the Goodwill for $3.99, I couldn’t pass it up.
It had a stain on the fabric, nothing too noticeable, but what struck me more than anything was how plain it was. It needed something. Then it hit me…Tie Dye!!! I have some experience with tie dye. I actually had a tie dye birthday party for Paige when she turned 9. Looking back, I must have been delusional thinking that I could manage 10 kids who were all trying to tie dye a t-shirt at the same time. It actually was pretty crazy, but I had a super sweet friend who volunteered to stay and help me manage the chaos. Maybe that’s why I figured I could do this again. One chair, by myself, uninterrupted couldn’t be too bad. And it wasn’t.
I had Paige pick out the colors. Of course it had to be teal. And we could throw in a little bit of purple. BUT, no pink! Do not ever suggest to Paige that something in her room or closet be pink. You’ll be met with the evil eye!
I picked up this kit from Micheal’s for $9.99. They also sell individual colors, but they were out of purple. Obviously, we did not use the pink, lol!
The number one thing to remember is this…WEAR GLOVES! My glove ended up with a hole in the thumb and my thumb turned blue…and was that way for 2 days!
Tie Dye Instructions
Decide what kind of pattern you want on your fabric. Starburst, swirl, crumpled, stripe, etc. This site has a lot of great patterns and color combinations for tie dying.
1. Once you’ve chosen your pattern, tie your rubber bands around your fabric according to the pattern directions.
2. Start Dying!
3. This next step is crucial in how vibrant your colors turn out…the longer you let your fabric sit without rinsing, the more vibrant the colors. I waited 12 hours, but longer is better.
4. Unwrap your rubber bands and rinse until water runs clear.
5. Throw your fabric in washing machine on cold, no detergent, and run it through a cycle.
6. Hang to dry.
Before and After
I just love how this room has turned out. Every piece of furniture is upcycled and fits the theme (funky preteen) pretty well. I hope I’ve inspired you a little to take on some small projects. They can make a huge difference!