Tie Dye Badge


(Discover Art)

By Kerry Cordy and Hailey Amos


Preschool: Do three requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Show how to properly prepare a work area to avoid staining things you want to keep clean.

_____2.* Create a craft using a tie dye technique with an adult’s help. For example, you can tie dye coffee filters and make them into butterfly wings by pinching them in a cloths pin used as the body of the butterfly. You can also glue on google eyes and pipe cleaner antennas if you like. You can use simple food dyes dissolved in water to dye the coffee filters.

Level 1: Do four requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Preschool requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* With the help of an adult, tie-dye an article of clothing.


Level 2: Do five requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Level 1 requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* Show how to properly clean all supplies and your work area.

Level 3: Do six requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Level 2 requirements 1 & 2.  When making your tie dyed article, learn to create a pattern such as stripes, circles or spirals.

_____2.* Know what types of dyes can be used and how to set the dye.

Level 4: Do seven requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Level 3 requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* Learn about the history of tie dye. When and where was it first used? How have the techniques and styles changed? When did it first become popular in modern American culture?


Level 5: Do nine requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Level 4 requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.

Optional Requirements:

_____3. Explain the role that tie dye played in the U.S. during the 1920’s and 1930’s when times were tough. Try a tie dye craft from this era.

_____4. Learn how to remove dye stains.

_____5. Tie dye a household article such as curtains or a dish towel

_____6. Learn how to make at least two of the tie dye patterns or techniques below

  • Swirl
  • Sunburst
  • Heart
  • Peace Symbol
  • Cross
  • Circles/Bulls-eye
  • Stripes
  • Gradation

_____7. Learn what the Bandhani (also known as Bandhni and Bandhej) technique is. Where do they still practice this type of tie dye?

_____8. Tie dye a personal accessory such as a scarf, lunch bag, or hat.

_____9. Visit a store specializes in tie dye. How many different techniques are used?  What types of dyes are for sale?

_____10. Participate in a service project that involves tie dye. Examples might include hosting a tie dye clinic for kids in your community, making tie dyed articles to donate to a homeless shelter or rescue mission, or making tie dye articles to raise money for a charity.

_____11. Research careers that involve tie dye. Examples might include an artist, camp counselor, retail store owner or manager, hair stylist (yes, they do tie dyed hair!), research and development for a dye company, etc. What education and training is needed? What salary could you expect? What hours might you need to work? Where might you need to live?

_____12. Make your own natural dyes from items such as blackberries, marigolds, onion, or red cabbage. What is the best way to set a natural dye?

_____13. Make a tie dyed edible treat using food dye and share it with your family or club.

_____ 14.  Learn about a famous tie dye artist such as Tye Dye Mary.


Third Party Resources:

Fave Crafts: 50 Tie Dye Craft Projects and How To Tie Dye



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