Brighten your day with a tie dye Tibetan flag

Updated: Apr 11, 2020

Now that we are all still at home for a longer while, I thought to try something different and a bit more festive to brighten up and bring some colour to our days.

This tie dye Tibetan flag has really brought beautiful colours to our kitchen space and it was a really fun and creative process so I thought it worth sharing. I had some good flashbacks back to the 90’s when I used to tie dye t-shirts with my friends!

This activity, although it doesn’t involve nature elements, is fascinating for the children because they see how the colours emerge on the paper just from dipping them in food colouring and how the folds you make affect and react with the colours you dip them in.

It is a simpler version of tie dye. You just need food colouring and no fixers, tissue paper, elastic bands, string and glue. I suggest you do it outdoors and use some old fabric or plastic bags underneath because it can get a bit messy.

Start folding your tissue paper in different ways. There is no right or wrong way, just fold the paper into triangles, make squares or just scruntch it all up like my youngest son did. Use the elastic bands to keep the shape of your paper if needed.

Get your food colouring containers ready, dilute the food colouring with some water first. Dip a piece of the tissue paper into the food colouring dye. Use lighter colours first else they won't show up if using darker colours first. You will see how the colour is absorbed by the paper rapidly, then keep on dipping other parts of the tissue paper. You will need to squeeze a bit to take out the extra colour.

Once you have dipped them all and they are full of colour, let them dry for a long while under the sun. A bit of patience is needed here. We unfolded a few while they were still wet and it was hard not break them.

When they are dry unfold them and it is fascinating to see how they all turned out so differently and with such vibrant colours! We decided to turn ours into a Tibetan flag and hang it in our kitchen as it is the heart of our house and we are spending so much time here lately. But I guess they can also be used individually as a book cover, to decorate a wall or anything you can think of.

To make it into a Tibetan flag, first choose the pattern you want and then glue the top line of your tissue paper and place the string along that top. Bend the piece of paper covering the string and continue to do so with all the other tissue papers you have. Remember to leave some string on both sides to hang it later.

I hope you have as much fun as we did and that it brings some colour to your days. Simple things make a big difference during these days of lockdown for us. Feel free to share your pictures with your tie dye creations!

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