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tulip tie-dye kit review

Looking for the best DIY tie-dye kit?

Tie-dye is back in a major way, not only as a craft, but also as a popular fashion trend. Instead of buying costly pieces, try making your own at home!

My pre-teen is currently obsessed with the tie-dye clothing trend, and we have been having fun coloring our own using the Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit!

tulip tie-dye kit on the counter

This Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit is AMAZING and comes with everything you need!

I am not an expert at all at tie-dye and this kit easily has everything you’ll need to create some outstanding pieces! It comes with so many bright and bold color options, a table cover, rubber bands, multiple pairs of gloves, and easy to read instructions, all with a nice storage container!

best tie-dye one step kit

A few reasons I  LOVE the Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit:


  •  It has 18 squeezable bottles of highly-concentrated nontoxic dyes in 14 popular colors – just add water to activate. The bin itself is very nice too for storage.
  • This has enough supplies for up to 36 projects! It would be so fun to have a tie-dye themed party and do this as an activity.
  • It comes with about 8 pairs of gloves, a plastic tablecloth, and lots of rubber bands.
  • Dyes are safe to machine wash. I have found that the colors stay pretty bright and bold even with repeated washings. There is some fading, but not much!

tie-dye instructions on tulip kit

I love that you can try the different tie-dye techniques they suggest in the directions, or you can just do your own thing. There really isn’t a way to do tie-dye wrong — you just want to try not to do all the colors at once on top of each other to make a muddled looking mess.

making a tie-dye shirt with a kit

My daughter received the Tulip One-Step tye-die kit as a birthday gift, and we had a blast creating!

I love how easy this kit is to use. Basically all you do is first tie rubber bands on your shirt to create a design, fill the bottles with water and shake, and then apply the dye to the shirts!

You’ll then want to place the shirts in a plastic bag to keep them wet overnight to really let the dye soak in. When finished, remove the bands, rinse off the shirts in the sink, and wash/dry using your washer/dryer.

applying tye-die to shirts

tye-die shirts after dying

wet tye-die shirts

Here are my best tips for perfect tie-dying results:

  • I’ll for sure be bringing this activity outside next time! It is a messy craft and could easily stain things in your home you don’t want dyed. Thankfully the Magic Eraser does a good job of removing tie-dye spills from cabinets and counters!
  • Some people recommend soaking shirts in vinegar before the washer/dryer step for 30 minutes, as it’s supposed to make the color last even longer. I have not done that but would like to next time.
  • Tulip has amazing easy-to-follow tips on how to create specific designs at TieDyeYourSummer.com for helpful inspiration!
  • You’ll need to buy plain white pieces to tie-dye or use articles of clothing you have on hand. We used inexpensive boys cotton undershirts and loved the result.

tie-dye shirt on after drying

holding up a tye-die shirt

I am so obsessed with how cute these shirts turned out!

Once our shirts were rinsed, washed in a small amount of detergent, and then dried, they turned out amazing! Plus we had so much fun making them together. It’s a great activity to do at home, and this kit is perfect to use outside this summer with friends or family.

Put tie-dying on your summer bucket list for sure.

This is not a sponsored post, just a fun product that my daughter and I can’t stop raving about.

4th of July tie-dye from the tulip kit

Also, if you’re looking for some DIY tie-dye patriotic inspiration, we also embellished a plain white cotton tank top using the red and blue colors from the Tulip one-step kit. I feel like this turned out so fun and is on-trend! My daughter is looking forward to wearing it this summer!


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Comments 48

  1. Stacy P

    I have been trying to buy this product for weeks and months and its notoriously out of stock all the time. I have not had luck yet. Still out of stock even today.

    • huertac1

      I got one on amazon when it was posted on here awhile back. They have them on Mercari but they are quite expensive. I didn’t realize they were so popular either, we haven’t used ours yet.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi Stacy! It came back in stock just now and on sale at Joann.com HERE! – Hope you can snag it!

      • adrianne blanas

        Out of stock again.

        • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          Ugh ok! I updated with amazon link that we can preorder. Thanks!

        • seana e modoski

          Back in stock at Joanns. Just ordered one.

        • Jenk.

          Its available again on Joann but 8.00 shipping… UGH!

  2. Mamabearto5

    Dollar tree has tie dye now in their crafters choice brand !

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks! We will check it out!

  3. Sallys

    I had a kit similar to this, but with only 6 bottles of dye. It was fantastic! It really made a lot of items. I had bought it at Micheal’s years ago. With some online videos we made things that looked professional! In addition to t-shirts, we tie dyed sheets to use for picnics, cotton napkins, an old towel, pairs of socks, and a cotton bedspread that had stains that got covered up by the dye.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh those are all fun ideas! Thanks!

  4. Juliee

    We just tie dyed a few weeks ago, but with Rit. From that experience and another, we now know it is very necessary to use 100 cotton (unless dye is “all purpose.”) Blends with poly, such as the Adidas we tried, do not hold the dye. Also, check the Rit website for great tips. One thing they say is to wrap in plastic wrap and microwave to set!!

    • Juliee

      *meant to say Adidas socks.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s a fun tip! Will try it next time 💕👍

    • Adrianne

      I put each of our newly dyed shirts in a ziplock and keep them in there overnight. After 24 hours, I rinse in cold water and soak in vinegar. Rinse and wash.

  5. KayleighW

    Is this the kit that’s like $75? The links don’t take me to a single item, but a list of Tulip kits

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi so yes this kit is $30 or less at most retailers, except it’s harder to come by all of a sudden. As a suggestion there’s other similar one-step dye sets – sorry! Hope that helps. We’ll keep checking if it comes back in!

  6. Aunt Jenny

    I was at Rite Aid on Saturday and they had the Rit Dye liquid bottles on clearance, 75% off, for $1.24 each. I was tye dying clothes, an apron and pillow cases by Sunday, it was fun. I had four colors to work with, but the kit in the post would be a lot of fun with all those colors.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks!

    • Amber

      There was a ton of colors at mine for 92¢!!

  7. Sbhallinan

    We’ve been pushing out tie dye with the tulip kits since day one of SIP. It’s my new hobby🤣I have made sweatshirts and tees, socks for my family, but now I’ve moved on to friends too. Everyone wants my sweatshirt creations. I don’t know how much I’ve spent 🤦🏽‍♀️ I recommend some of the extra Lg kits too. I have been able to find them on Amazon for under $20. The tulip brand is great, colors fade some, but we still love our items. The Michaels 50% coupons have been amazing too. Michaels also has a sale going on for T-shirts for the whole family! I have been ordering curbside pickup.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Nice!! I love that your creations are so popular! It’s such a fun activity 💕

  8. J

    Off topic, Amazon has the Pilot Frixion ColorSticks Erasable Gel Ink Pens, Fine Point (0.7mm), Assorted, 10 Count (32454) on sale (73% off) again for $5. I know the last time these were posted many people loved them. I have these and they work great!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you!

  9. Jeanette

    Walmart has kits also. 100% cotton is a must. Wash the clothing first. I would recommend doing the tie dye outside. I love tie dye. It’s a fun activity to do with the kids.

  10. Dee

    I found the kit on Joanne.com. Yay! Thanks!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh awesome thanks! Updated the post with link.

  11. Missy

    JFYI: I ordered this set a few days ago at Joanns onkine and It will let you purchase it then send you n email saying the tie dye is not in stock.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ugh! Thanks Missy darn.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ok darn! Thanks for sharing that – Updated via Amazon for preorder.

  12. KC

    I ordered it in Feb, & it was $15.01. Wow! The price is now double.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I’m seeing 20$ via Amazon just now, but yes price does fluctuate 👍

  13. Srs79

    FYI, these are very hard to find in stock! But if you’re not in a hurry to get it, looks like you can order from Amazon and get it by the end of July.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes! Worth the wait and not a bad price right now. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Karen Pond

    I got mine at Michael’s recently. We used it for my daughter’s birthday party. 4 kids shirts + 1 adult shirt and we only used about half of the bottles. They turned out really well!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Awesome! Glad to hear it! So fun.

  15. Jw206

    Okay, so for a fun twist you can reverse tie-dye (as seen on TikTok lol). My dollar tree has plain colored tee shirts. Tie them up like you would and then squirt them with bleach toilet bowl cleaner, let them sit for a little bit and then rinse. You can also retie and bleach again for different gradients of the colors. Obviously geared towards older kids, or adults and definitely use gloves but we’ve had great results!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes!! I want to try that too 😍

  16. Jacqui0802

    I love reverse dying black shirts with bleach and then tie dying them!

    • Juliee

      What a cool idea!!!

  17. Christal Kuchera

    Last year I used Dharma Trading dye for our tie dying in the neighborhood…It was FAR superior to the craft store kits I have gotten before. Super bright colors and they had lots of things to dye on their site too (pillow cases, dresses, drawstring bags etc.). I don’t think I could ever go back. I just received my shipment from this year for some summer tie dying fun! https://www.dharmatrading.com/dyes/kits/serious-tie-dye-group-kit.html?lnav=dyes_kits.html

  18. Mcox

    $70!!!!! Wow

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      It was $20 this morning and keeps going in and out of stock so check back! 👍

  19. Kim

    I think I must be doing something wrong as they say it had enough dye for all these projects, yet I can never seem to get more than 6 projects out of the kit 😢

  20. Wendy

    I wish we had a way to post pictures on here so we could show each other what we’ve made..

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the request, Wendy! I have passed this along to the team!You could also submit it for our Happy Friday post here.

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