Tie-Dye Cards

Give your handmade cards a tie-dye style for Christmas! It’s simple to make patterns with chunky markers and water for a range of stunning and colourful designs. 

Skill Level


Time to Make

1 hour + drying time

How to Make

  1. Use a coloured marker pen to draw a small circle in the middle of some white card. Make the circle pattern with short pen strokes, like a starburst. The lines can vary in length. Draw another bigger circle in a different colour to extend the pattern.
  2. Keep adding more colours until the pattern is about 12cm wide. Leave some white areas between the colours.
  3. Brush over the marker lines with clean water. Leave for a minute or two, so the colours merge together. There may be areas where the colours completely dissolve, if so, quickly add some more marker lines while the card is still wet. Dab off any excess water from the surface then allow the card to dry.
  4. To make a spiral tie-dye pattern, draw short pen lines in a curled spiral, making the shape wider as you work outwards from the middle. Add more pen colours, brush with water in so they blend together and leave to dry.
  5. Trim the card to remove the white edges. Draw a simple shape, like a star or tree, onto the tie-dye pattern then cut it out. For multiple or matching card designs, make a card template shape to draw around.
  6. Cut out the tie-dye Christmas shape then glue it onto a folded card or tag with a glue stick. Left over tie-dye pieces can be cut into strips or shapes to add to the design, or used as a background. Glue sequins onto the card as decoration.

Top Tip

To make a stronger design, glue the tie-dye cut outs onto coloured or white card, trim around the edges leaving 3- 5mm around the shape as a border. Repeat using another colour or white for a border with 2 colours.

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