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Salt Resist Tie Dye Technique


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Use salt to create subtle, textured designs in tie-dye with this salt resist tie-dye technique from I Love to Create. Find step-by-step instructions with photos and a sample tie-dye result.


Before you begin a tie-dye project, read the for the Tulip One-Step Fashion Dye or Tulip Permanent Fabric Dye.  Refer back to them for standard steps.


Salt 1 Dye fabric

Prewash fabric to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets.
Cover work surface with a plastic tablecloth, then layers of paper towels.

Fabric should be damp or wet. If using sheer fabric, elevate fabric from work surface by draping over bowl or bucket. Dye fabric. When dye is poured on fabric it will absorb through and collect inside bowl or bucket.

Salt 2 Sprinkle on salt

Sprinkle on Salt Resist. Let set 4-6 hours.

Brush off Salt Resist.

Wash inside out in warm water to remove Salt Resist.

Salt 3 Create design with salt

You can create designs with the salt.

Salt 4 Sample result

Sample result of broadly sprinkled salt resist.


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Wow I knew how to use glue to make designs, but the salt technique is new. Can't wait to try it out! #FaveCraftsTieDye

My granddaughter loves crafting of any sort...I would love to win a tie dye kit so that she can do it with her friends.

I love the textured look that results from this technique. FaveCraftsTieDye

I will be trying this technique. FaveCraftsTieDye.

Other sites say any NON-IODIZED salt will work, but coarser salt diffuses the dye better. Rock salt, or coarse kosher, sea or pickling salt will give more visual texture than small grain salt.

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