Candy Corn Tie Dye Shirt

Learn how to make a candy corn tie dye shirt. If you’re on Team Candy Corn, this tie dye shirt is definitely for you!

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As I’m making all of these tie dye shirts for Halloween, I knew I wanted to make a candy corn tie dye shirt. I personally am a huge candy corn fan so I just had to make one of my favorite Halloween treats.

Since it’s a simple design, it’s a an easy tie dye shirt to make that comes out super cute. I also made a printable candy corn template to make it even easier. It’s a great tie dye project to get started in making unique tie dye designs.

And here are some Halloween pathway lights you can make.

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Materials to Make a Candy Corn Tie Dye Shirt

Free Downloadable Halloween Tie Dye Templates

Download these templates to make it easy to make this candy corn tie dye shirt and other Halloween tie dye shirts. Each template is on its own page so you can print the ones you want. Download it below or in the shop.

Scale it to the size you want and print it out to make it super easy to draw the design.

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Instructions to Make a Candy Corn Tie Dye Shirt

Before doing anything, make sure to wash the shirt to remove any chemicals or anything else that may prevent the dye from setting properly. This will help you get the most vibrant color. You can then take the shirt directly out of the wash as you’ll want it wet.

Prepare the Candy Corn Tie Dye Design

I forgot to do this, but you’ll want to start with a wet shirt. Then fold the shirt in half and draw a half of a candy corn using a washable marker. This is really just half of a long triangle with rounded corners. You can also use the free printable template to make it easier.

Then to help add the dye in the right places, draw two lines across the triangle. (You’ll see I drew a couple because I kept changing the placement of where I wanted them).

Tip: Even though I didn’t do it in the photo, I recommend using a yellow washable marker to mark the line towards the top. Candy corns are orange on the bottom, then yellow, and then white. So if you use a yellow marker for the top line, you’ll be able to see where to place the yellow.

drawing half a candy corn with orange washable marker on a white cotton shirt folded in half

After you’ve drawn your design, start at one end of the outline and accordion fold the shirt on the line. Be sure to keep the line of the fold straight – the rest of the shirt will bend and twist to make sure the line stays straight.

folding a white cotton shirt along the outline of the candy corn

Tie the Shirt for the Candy Corn Tie Dye Design

Wrap a rubber band across the line to secure all the folds in place.

Since I forgot to wet the shirt before drawing the candy corn design, I took the opportunity to wet it at this step. I then placed a tighter rubber band around it.

(Wetting the shirt allows the folds to be closer together, making the tie dye design more defined)

 

the white shirt folded and wrapped with a rubber band

Wrap rubber bands or zip ties around the rest of the shirt, spacing them apart by a couple inches.

white shirt folded and wrapped in black zip ties

After it’s all wrapped up, soak it in a solution of soda ash and water. You want to mix 1 cup of soda ash with 1 gallon of water until it’s all dissolved.

(I’ll admit, this isn’t actually the candy corn tie dye shirt, this one is actually the tie dye bat shirt. But I promise, this one went into the tub right after!) I made all of the Halloween shirts the same day.

white shirt tied up with rubber bands and black zip ties soaking in a tub of soda ash solution

Add Dye to the Candy Corn Tie Dye Shirt

Cover the table with plastic wrap and put on the gloves.

Start with the orange dye. If the tie dye kit you use doesn’t have orange, you can easily make some by mixing yellow and red. I personally like to use old yogurt cups to mix the dyes. To make the orange a little darker, you can add a couple drops of black.

Then squeeze or pour a small amount of the orange dye onto the bottom of the candy corn section. Look for the lines you drew and keep it under the line – it will be at a slight angle.

using a plastic spoon to add orange dye to the end of a white shirt wrapped in zip ties

Then add yellow dye above the orange. Again, add the dye only in the section marked off. Be careful not to let the dye drip above the line so that section can stay white.

squeezing yellow dye above the orange dye at the end of a white shirt

Dye the rest of the shirt black. Again, be careful to not get it into the orange, yellow, and white section.

I accidentally got a couple drops of black on the candy corn, but quickly took a paper towel to try and blot it off.

squeezing black dye onto the white shirt with orange and yellow at the end

Wipe the plastic with the paper towels to make sure the dye doesn’t go where you don’t want it to.

wiping the plastic wrap around the dyed candy corn tie dye shirt using a paper towel

Wrap it in the plastic and let it set for at least 6 hours, but I recommend giving it a full 24 hours.

wrapping the dyed candy corn shirt in plastic wrap

Once the dye is set, rinse it under water and remove the rubber bands or zip ties. Let it rinse until the water runs clear, then wash it in the washing machine with other dyed clothing. Put in the dryer and then your candy corn tie dye shirt is ready to wear!

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Candy Corn Tie Dye Shirt

Learn how to make a candy corn tie dye shirt. If you’re on Team Candy Corn, this tie dye shirt is definitely for you!
Yield 1 Candy Corn Tie Dye Shirt
Project Time 30 mins
Set Time 1 d
Total Time 1 d 30 mins

Materials
  

  • 1 White Cotton Shirt
  • Washable Marker
  • Rubber Bands or Zip Ties
  • 1 Tie Dye Kit or Tie-Dye Dye and Soda Ash
  • Water
  • 1 pair Rubber Gloves
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Paper Towels

Equipment

  • Bucket or Plastic Bin

Instructions
 

  • Fold the shirt in half and draw a half of a candy corn using a washable marker. Draw two lines across the triangle.
    1 White Cotton Shirt, Washable Marker
    drawing half a candy corn with orange washable marker on a white cotton shirt folded in half
  • Start at one end of the outline and accordion fold the shirt on the line. Be sure to keep the line of the fold straight.
    folding a white cotton shirt along the outline of the candy corn
  • Wrap a rubber band across the line to secure all the folds in place.
    Rubber Bands or Zip Ties
    the white shirt folded and wrapped with a rubber band
  • Then wrap the rest of the shirt with rubber bands or zip ties.
    white shirt folded and wrapped in black zip ties
  • Soak it in a solution of soda ash and water. You want to mix 1 cup of soda ash with 1 gallon of water until it’s all dissolved.
    Water
    white shirt tied up with rubber bands and black zip ties soaking in a tub of soda ash solution
  • Put on the gloves and cover the table with plastic wrap. Start with the orange dye and dye the bottom of the candy corn section, up to the first line.
    1 Tie Dye Kit or Tie-Dye Dye and Soda Ash, 1 pair Rubber Gloves, Plastic Wrap
    using a plastic spoon to add orange dye to the end of a white shirt wrapped in zip ties
  • Then add the yellow dye above the orange, up to the second line. Wipe the colors in between.
    Paper Towels
    squeezing yellow dye above the orange dye at the end of a white shirt
  • Dye the rest of the shirt black.
    squeezing black dye onto the white shirt with orange and yellow at the end
  • Wrap it in the plastic and let it set for at least 6 hours, but I recommend giving it a full 24 hours.
    wrapping the dyed candy corn shirt in plastic wrap
  • Rinse it under water and remove the rubber bands or zip ties, rinsing until the water runs clear. Then wash it in the washing machine and dryer.
    finished candy corn tie dye shirt with candy corn design in the middle and black around the edge
Keyword Clothing, Halloween, Shirt, Tie Dye, Tie Dye Design, Tie Dye Kit

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