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Tulip Super Big Tie-Dye Kit

Tulip Super Big Tie-Dye Kit

Summer is coming, and what says summer more than tie dye?

The Tulip One-Step Super Big Tie Dye Kit provides almost everything you need to have a fun tie-dye party or project for an easy summer vacation kids craft project. The only thing you need to have on hand is the natural fiber item to dye, along with a large plastic zip lock bag, scissors and paper towels (or rags). These are items I usually have around the house, so it was no problem to get started on a project. Continue Reading →

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

Reported by Christina Hammond

So, it’s summer.  Have your kids shouted from the other room “Hey Mom!  I’m bored!  I am sooooooooooo bored!” ?   Or do you have a group of girls coming over for a slumber party and you’re at a loss for entertaining them?

To help combat the summer “boredom blues,” we were sent I Love to Create by Tulip’s Tie Dye Kit in Moody Blues, Body-Art Glitter Stencil Set, Bright Fabric Markers and 3D Color Changing Paint.
We had a blast using all of these kits.  Of course, the first kit the wanted to try was the Glitter Body Tattoos.    IMG_0480The kit has everything you need to get started.  9 stencils, glue, brushes and tons of glitter.   IMG_0482

The glue comes in a bottle with a nice soft applicator.  There is a slight odor to the glue, but it dissipates quickly as it dries.  My kids have a ton of allergies, and it didn’t bother them at all. 

Check out that bling!  It’s fine, super shiny and pretty! 
The stencils are easy to use, and stick well.  Be careful with the more detailed designs because you can tear them while removing them with the paper backing.   Voila!  Butterflies!

We mixed colors with great results.  The LittleLady won’t let us wash it off, but it does come off pretty easily with soap and water.  If you want to make sure it really comes off fast, use a wipe with rubbing alcohol in it – swipes it right off!  I can see using this kit at camp or for Halloween.  A Glitter Fairy!  How cool!

“Hey Mom!  Daddy keeps calling me David Bowie and Ziggy Stardust.  I don’t get it!”

Next we used the Tie-Dye Kit in “Moody Blues” to create some shirts.  The box says that the kit includes enough dye to make 8 shirts, but we only got one toddler shirt and some of an adult XL shirt.  Probably not a big deal, because I am known for overdoing these things!
IMG_0496Everything you need is in the kit.  Rubberbands, gloves and premeasured dyes.  When added water to the bottles of dye, be sure they are closed all the way before shaking.  Ask my counters how we know this!  🙂
 IMG_0497I would maybe pick up better gloves next time.  The kits are meant for the younger set, but they were too big even for my big hands. IMG_0498The instructions didn’t say to presoak the shirt, so we gave it a spiral spin and secured it with rubberbands.  IMG_0499
After applying the dye in alternating colors, I simply wrapped the garbage bag we dyed on around it and tossed it out in the yard in the sun for the day.  Once ready, I rinsed it and laid it back out in the sun to dry.  Once dry, I gave it a run in the dryer on HOT to really try to set the colors.
We have a Buzz LightYear freak in our house, so I used my YUDU to silk screen an image of his hero on the shirt.IMG_0547 I think it came out really well and can’t wait to make more!
Next we tried out the 3D Color Change Paint.  Being a child of the Eighties, I have memories of Hyper-color t-shirts.  The color change paint is similar, but it changes with UV exposure, not heat.   IMG_0501Before UV exposure

IMG_0502Can you see that?  It’s subtle, but the colors have changed!
Admittedly, I only made a handful of t-shirts with this paint because it was so cool. 
First up I drew out the name of a certain little Blue-Eyed Blondie named Haley.  I used Tulip’s 3D Puffy Paint to outline and then filled in each letter with a different design.  IMG_0507
Next I drew out my favorite cartoon character, LittleMiss Sunshine.  UV paint, sunshine…  Get it?  I kill me! IMG_0538 IMG_0539Can you see the difference?  It’s there – subtle in the case of LitteMiss Sunshine because we painted it on with a brush rather than in “3D”
Here’s a silly little video I shot this morning showing the Chaos Twins wearing the shirts, going from indoors to out and just how quickly they change.  There’s no sound because… well… we live in the WindyCity and it was windy.  Go figure.

Finally, we tried out the Fabric Markers in “Bright” colors.
IMG_0549 IMG_0286This sweet little tote was created completely by the 4 year old for her preschool teacher, Miss Mary.  As you can see, the colors show up really well (even on the taupe fabric) and are easy enough for the little ones to use.  Just remember, they are permanent!

Here are my creations- I had a couple of silk screened totebags on hand that I use for groceries.  They needed a little more…something.  So I added a “Peace, Man!” to them.  The colors set really well.IMG_0550 Remember to put something between layers because the colors will bleed.  I can see myself using these to label our pool towels, gym bags and backpacks for school.  Oh, and plain white canvas sneakers!  How cool would that be?


  • everything you need in one kit or set
  • easy to use
  • well written instructions
  • fairly affordable


  • the stencils in the tattoo kit are a bit fragile, so be careful
  • the tie-dye kit didn’t dye as many shirts as it said it would
  • they can be messy, but that’s the fun part, right?

Head to the nearest craft store and pick up one or all of these kits by Tulip.  The kits are all reasonably priced so you can pick up a few of each and have enough for everybody.  Best of all, I can totally see the Bright Fabric Markers and Body Tattoos being used at Vacation Bible School, Cheerleading Camp or even Scouts gatherings.

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.

Have you tried any of the I Love to Create by Tulip kits?  Which ones would you like to try?  Be sure to come back and show us what you make with them, we love to see it!

Winners are chosen at random. Contest closes Sunday, June 12th at 6pm CST. Good Luck!


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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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