How to Tie Dye Beach Towels

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of HTH Pool Care via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

One of the things that we’ve learned as a family this summer, is that there are plenty of things that you can do when you have a pool in your own backyard, that you would never be allowed to do at the town pool…..

new pool rules1 500x431 How to Tie Dye Beach Towels {#HTHSplash}Like line 4 kids up on one diving board at the same time…

new pool rules2 500x482 How to Tie Dye Beach Towels {#HTHSplash}

So they can jump into the pool into quick succession like a synchronized dive team (only not so precise!)

pool games1 500x340 How to Tie Dye Beach Towels {#HTHSplash}And this maneuver…. hooking your legs onto the diving board to see who can hang there upside-down the longest… would just not be tolerated by the town lifeguards.

Luckily- they have Mom watching the pool this summer…. who’s a bit more lenient when it comes to pool rules. Like the one about no art projects near the pool….. I threw that one right out the window this week when we decided to use the pool specifically for an art project- tie dying beach towels from a kit!

How to Tie Dye Beach Towels

how to tie dye beach towels step by step How to Tie Dye Beach Towels {#HTHSplash}

Step 1: You’ll want to prepare your soda ash mixture. This allows the dye to really adhere to the fabric. Simply dissolve the powdered soda ash into a bucket of warm water.

Step 2: Get the beach towels wet, which will make it much easier to tie them into designs. Of course- we dunked them in the pool! (Tossing them through the basketball hoop is purely optional!). Wring out so they are only damp.

Step 3: Lay them on the pool chairs and twist and shape to create your designs. We opted mainly for swirl designs, so we picked an area for the middle of the swirl and began twisting the towels into a tight spiral.

Step 4: Secure your designs with rubber bands- as tightly as possible. Continue making several more designs in your towel- or wrap the entire towel tightly into one large spiral- as you’d like!

Step 5: Dunk your tied towels into the the bucket of soda ash and allow it to sit for 20 minutes. Then carefully squeeze out as much water as possible.

***Here’s where we moved away from the pool area and into the yard!***

Step 6: Using a plastic tub, apply your dye. (The dye comes in plastic squeeze bottles and you simply need to add water and shake well to mix. If you find the powder has become stuck in the nozzle end, use a toothpick to push it through to the bottle and mix some more.) The kids dictated where they wanted the dye- but since I only had one pair of rubber gloves, I handled all of the dye myself.

Step 7: Place the dyed towel into a plastic bag, and allow it to sit overnight. The next day- rinse in cold water until it runs clear while removing the rubber bands (feel free to use scissors to cut them out- it’s easier than untwisting them!) Run the towels through the washer and dryer and head back to the pool!

finished towels How to Tie Dye Beach Towels {#HTHSplash}

Of course, you’ll want to make sure that your pool is clean and ready for use! So you’ll need some of this:

pool products How to Tie Dye Beach Towels {#HTHSplash}

HTH® Pool Care Products that easily help you to turn a green pool back to blue, or shock your pool back to its old crystal clear self!

pool boy How to Tie Dye Beach Towels {#HTHSplash}

And you’ll need one of these…. a family “pool boy” who thinks that vacuuming the pool is fun! (How great is that!)

pool product2 How to Tie Dye Beach Towels {#HTHSplash}And if you really want to make it a party- add a couple of ounces of Party Potion to your pool, which turns the water into in a delicious Caribbean blue color!

blue pool How to Tie Dye Beach Towels {#HTHSplash}

Pop on some reggae tunes, put out your tie dye beach towels….

hanging out by the pool How to Tie Dye Beach Towels {#HTHSplash}

Or just hang upside down for awhile….

pool games2 How to Tie Dye Beach Towels {#HTHSplash}Crazy kids….

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of HTH Pool Care via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

How To Make The Most Of What’s Left Of Summer!

July 24, 2014
Thumbnail image for How To Make The Most Of What’s Left Of Summer!

Today’s post comes from regular Momof6 contributor, Kristin Sterk! Warm summer days. Long days on the beach, cookouts on the back porch, late nights socializing with friends, the quiet of the night looking at the stars, and the next day, repeating the process all over again. This type of day may be a reality or [...]

0 comments Read the full article →

Making Summer Exercise a Family Activity

July 23, 2014
Thumbnail image for Making Summer Exercise a Family Activity

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cutter® Insect Repellents. The great thing about not committing to a summer full of scheduled activities is all of the lazy downtime that your family has together. Hanging out playing cards, reading books aloud together, watching family movies. Which also means that summer can become downright [...]

0 comments Read the full article →

Vacation Tips for Traveling with Big Families!

July 22, 2014
Thumbnail image for Vacation Tips for Traveling with Big Families!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wyndham Vacation Rentals. According to a 2013 American Express survey on summer vacation travel, the average vacation expense in the United States is $4,580 for a family of four. So if families of 4 are putting aside $4500 each year in their vacation budget….. does that mean [...]

0 comments Read the full article →

Please Help Us Find a Kidney Donor for Michael

July 17, 2014
Thumbnail image for Please Help Us Find a Kidney Donor for Michael

I would like to share with you a story about a local teen in my community. His name is Michael, and he just graduated the 8th grade a few weeks back with my son Kyle. Kyle and Michael have known each other for years- and there have been many times when I’ve had the chance to [...]

2 comments Read the full article →

Things We’re Lovin’ This Summer! (#summerlovin)

July 17, 2014
Thumbnail image for Things We’re Lovin’ This Summer! (#summerlovin)

“Summer lovin’… had me a blast…… Summer lovin’…. happened so fast”…. Okay- it’s not THAT kind of a summer lovin’ post…. but I can’t resist a good “Grease” reference now and again…. But seriously- there are some things that the kids and I are absolutely lovin’ this summer. Now -in full disclosure- some of the [...]

0 comments Read the full article →

Enjoying the Summer Bounty!

July 16, 2014
Thumbnail image for Enjoying the Summer Bounty!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all my own. We barely recognized our veggie garden after returning home from two weeks of family road trips! It was literally bursting with vibrant green goodness, plants spilling over the sides of the raised containers onto the [...]

Read the full article →

Dreaming Of Another Road Trip Adventure: Go RV’ing!

July 16, 2014
Thumbnail image for Dreaming Of Another Road Trip Adventure: Go RV’ing!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Go RVing via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine. Last summer the kids and I took an amazing journey cross country to see the Western parts of the United States. We spent over 4 weeks on this adventure- and the time [...]

Read the full article →

Our Summer Olympic Adventure in Lake Placid!

July 15, 2014
Thumbnail image for Our Summer Olympic Adventure in Lake Placid!

As soon as school lets out for the summer, I am itchy to hit the road with my kids. For months we have been unable to travel as a family due to all of the kids sports and activities commitments…. all the while I have been dreaming about adventures we can take and sights we [...]

0 comments Read the full article →

How to Manage Your ALLERGY FACE®!

July 10, 2014
Thumbnail image for How to Manage Your ALLERGY FACE®!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ZYRTEC®. A few weeks ago I asked for help from Momof6 readers in identifying some of the plants/weeds I have growing in planting beds around my house- because I had no idea what they were, and whether or not I should allow them to [...]

0 comments Read the full article →