Meet the Less Messy Cousin of Tie Dye, Ice Dyeing! Here Is How to Get

Did you know that ice dyeing was first conceived by quilters, who were looking for a resourceful way to dye fabric during the winter months? They used to snow and ice to achieve that mottled watercolor look that we've come to recognize as none other than tie-dye. Believe it or not, the process is extremely simple, as not much is in your control aside from the selection of colors. As the ice slowly melts, it deposits in different ways. All in all, the ice does most of the magic here!

Use this foolproof technique for ice-dyeing – a less messy relation to tie-dyeing itself – and you can give any solid cotton fabric a serious makeover. Read below to learn how to recreate this fun DIY project, courtesy of The Westport Apartments for an enjoyable afternoon spent with the entire family.


• Wire rack
• Powder dye
• Plastic bin
• Fabric
• Ice cubes


1. To prep the fabric, place the rack over the bin or directly in a sink. Soak the fabric in water, then twist and wind it into a snake shape on the rack to create a wave pattern.
2. Gather the fabric into the center of the rack, and cover it with ice cubes.
3. Sprinkle the dye on top and let the ice melt. To set the pattern, wash and dry the fabric separately.

Whether you prefer to create new home décor or get your hands dirty outside of your apartment, The Westport Apartments in Norfolk, Virginia has you covered with the coolest DIYs around!

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