Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: I Love To Create -Tulip Fashion Kits

Reported by Michael Dolan

I had the opportunity to work with my two nieces, (ages 6 and 10), on three products; Tulip Tye-Dye kit, Tulip fabric markers, and Tulip Color-changing paint.  We had a great time making some customized tops for Summer!

The Tye-Dye kit was the first one we tried.  Since, of the three of us, there isn’t a single one of us who is neat, we opted to make the shirts in the laundry sink, instead of covering the table, walls, floor and ceiling with plastic. That was a fantastic idea, highly recommended.

We also strayed from the instructions in that the kids put the rubber bands on dry shirts, which we wet afterward.  It seemed more logical, (and less messy), and that worked beautifully too.

The dyes are pre-loaded in the bottles, so we added water and shook as instructed.  That would have worked well, except the bottles leaked by drips, so be careful when mixing the dyes.
The process for getting the die on the shirts couldn’t be easier.  It is extremely messy, but easy.  Aim and squirt, ever so gently.  The kids were surprisingly careful when doing this, possibly because they saw the purple stain on my wrist from shaking the bottle up.  The problem is that to get the quantity of 8 shirts dyed they advertise on the front of the box, (in a starburst, no less), you’d have to be dying baby shirts.  We got two children’s shirts done, half of one more, and luckily, the younger one wanted to use the dye at the bottom of the tub to “soak up” a splotchy shirt design.  If she hadn’t been so unknowingly easy-to-please, there could have been a sibling rivalry tantrum that Oprah couldn’t have fixed.
Tulip suggested wrapping the shirts in plastic wrap.  I’m not so much for wrapping wet, dyed fabric rolls with seamed plastic.  Plastic wrap –> plastic bags?  Bingo.  They don’t leak, they seal, and they are easier to deal with.  Word to the wise.
 The process takes 6-8 hours, for the dyes to soak in.  We left it overnight, to ensure the best possible color development.
A good rinse in the washing machine with a tiny bit of soap resulted in these:
The 10 year old’s worthy effort
The stylings of the 6 year old

The secondary efforts, not less cool, but certainly less dyed:

The leftover dye from the bottle
The “soaked” shirt from the leftover dye in the sink.

Next, we looked at the color changing paints.

The 10 year old was so enthralled about the markers, that she wanted nothing to do with the color change stuff.  The six year old could barely speak when she saw it.  “Uncle Michael, WHERE did you GET THESE?!”  Ahhh, to be young.

To show off the coloring capabilities better, I bought two Disney shirts, that were black and white drawings only.  The color paint comes out a bit like white “school” glue; there is no color at all, until it is out in the sun.  It also doesn’t spread on it’s own.  If you spread it too thinly, it will not show up as a color, and you won’t know that until you get it out into the sun. These were tough concepts for the six year old.  The technique we finally agreed on was to touch the tip of the bottle to the fabric, at an angle, and gently squeeze.

Brushing, it turns out, often makes the paint too thin.
Take care in your application!
Awwww.   So cute!

Overall, the paint is very easy to apply, it takes a little finesse to work out the details.  I think the results are cool in the sunlight!

The 10 year old took on the fabric markers, as she like to conform to established color lines and is more conventional in her thinking.
The markers are pretty self-explanatory.  They work like markers on paper, and the colors were nice and vibrant.  There was a bleeding problem with the colors, which my niece was NOT impressed with, but that might be avoidable if the colors are allowed to dry before the color next to it is applied. 
Adding just a little color
She decided that it would be “cooler” to leave some of the characters without color, and some with.
The very cool “rainbow bone” was the real bleeder.  She wasn’t happy with the running color!
Who can argue with an artist?  🙂

Color Change Paint: 

  • Bright colors 
  • Cool product that really works

Fabric Markers: 

  • Vibrant colors 
  • Easy to use
  • Fun for most ages

Tie-Dye Kit: 

  • Great colors
  • Fun to make
  • Finished projects are popular with kids

Color Change Paint:

  • Takes some finesse that younger kids have trouble with
  • Applying paint is a hard to do consistently.

Fabric Markers: 

  • Colors tend to bleed.

Tie-Dye Kit: 

  • Very messy process. 
  • Does not make as many “normal sized” projects as they show on the front of the box
The folks over at I Love To Create are giving away a Tulip kit to one lucky reader. To enter simply answer any of the questions below in the Comments section of this article on our website. One comment per person, please.

Would you have your kids try these products?  How would you tailor the prep based on your situation at your home?  Would the minor limitations of the products deter you from them, or would you push ahead with these fun projects?

Winners are chosen at random. Contest closes Sunday, June 12th at 6pm CST. Good Luck!
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18 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: I Love To Create -Tulip Fashion Kits

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    jjocarlson June 9, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    Omg the kids and I have wanted to do something like this for awhile! I have a craft area in my craft room just for the kids so there would be no problem with them doing this sort of craft and making any sort of mess!

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    Hee Jin R. June 9, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    I’m sure my little one, who is 18 months would love to get a hold of the markers! We painted before so, I think with some guidance she can do all the prep and have fun at it!

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    LisaAnn June 9, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    We have a large table that seems to not be damaged by anything , however we would most likely put down some cardboard under shirts/projects for paints/markers and use plastic bins for tie dye projects. My children and I would LOVE to use all of these!

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    Vanessa June 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    heheh, my 21 yr old son found himself at Joanns with me and his GF and you’ll never beleive what he just HAD to have…the Tie Dye kit 🙂 Thanks for a chance to win!!!

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    {VICKI} June 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    Oh, definately would try te tie dye!

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    Rebecca Ednie June 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    That particular tiedye kit isn’t boyish for my son but the idea is awesome! And he’d love the markers and paint! Too bad the paints aren’t brighter as I’m not sure how much he’d like the pastel effect at 10 yo.

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    AShu93 June 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    I would like to try the products. It’s disappointing that the tie-die doesn’t make as much as it says on the box. I think it would make a great outdoor craft for the summer.

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    lutingobelin June 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    It would be fun to try it with my kids, but I hope that they will not draw on all their clothes after that ! lol

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    sharon g June 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    We would love to try the fabric paint. I also teach crafts to kids, and would like to try these…

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    rush June 9, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    my grandkids would love all of these activities. they live so far away from other activities that they are “bored” at times. these would be great for all of them…17 down to 3, and mom and dad of course.

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    isabel scrap June 10, 2011 at 3:57 am #

    Love to try the Fabric Markers !!

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    Paulo Marques June 10, 2011 at 3:58 am #

    I like to do something like that with my kiddos : tie-dye or fabric makers, lot of fun.

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    Lori June 10, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    My daughter doesn’t usually see things with limitations, she’s pretty good at figuring out how to make due and she loves fabric markers.

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    Sue D June 10, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Look messy but fun and thanks for all the advice of how to make them work better.

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    kathleen c June 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    i think of ty-dye as an outdoor craft. i would love to try the colour change paint on canvese shoes. the markers seem old school. i think i would rather use sharpies.

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    Alexandra M June 11, 2011 at 2:29 am #

    I love creative activities with the kids, the Fabric Markers are so great!

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    Karla Anderson June 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    My niece would love these, the tie dye would be an outdoor project for sure and def. use the plastic bags! They all look like fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    la zaz June 12, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    I would love to create some customized tee-shirts with my kids.