Tie Dye Kit – Best Tie Dye Kits of 2021

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Find the right tie dye kit for your tie dye project. See the best overall, best for a tie dye party, best for kids, best color, and more.

If you’re looking to get into tie dye, this guide will help you choose the best starter kit for your project. For easy access, I’ve listed my favorites right below, but you can also use the table of contents to jump to more details.

Keep in mind, for any of the estimates of the number of shirts assume you’re dyeing around half the shirt or less. But if you want more of the shirt colored, cut the estimates in around half.

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  • Best Color (Most Vibrant): Jacquard Tie Dye Kit (Amazon)
  • Best One Step Kit: Tulip One Step Kit 12 Pack (Amazon)
  • Best for Kids: Rydowenna 26 Colors Kit (Amazon)
  • Best for Parties: Tulip Tie Dye Party Kit (Amazon)
  • Best Spray Kit: S.E.I. Spray Kit (Amazon)
  • Best Natural Dye: Honey Oak (Amazon)
  • Best Professional Kit: Jacquard Procion MX Kit (Amazon)

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Kits with Soda Ash

I personally am a huge fan of kits that use soda ash.

Soda ash is a powder that you mix with water. Then you soak your fabric in it before adding dye. It’s an extra step that the one-step kits don’t have, but it’s what helps give the most vibrant color.

Because of the color, I now refuse to use only one step kits after having tried so many of them. If I use them, I’ll still add the soda ash step.

Best Soda Ash Kit - Jacquard Tie Dye Kit

This kit contains 3 colors (red, blue, and yellow), 4 squirt bottles, and a DVD (along with the usual gloves, rubber bands, and instructions). The extra bottle is great because you can use it to mix a new color.

The Jacquard Funky Groovy Kit is the same thing, but doesn’t have the extra bottle and DVD. The bigger box is easier to find on Amazon, but both can be found at craft stores such as Blick and Michael’s.

Aside from the great colors this kit makes, I really love the squirt bottles. Out of any kit I’ve used, these absolutely are the best bottles. The caps large and easy to put back on. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference and apparently I’ve learned caps are a big deal to me.

This is actually the kit I used to make my tie dye sweatshirt, tie dye socks, and some of my tie dye shirts. And even after 10+ years on the shelf, the color still came out amazing!

Larger Box:

Smaller Box:

Tulip Soda Ash Kit

If you really want to stick with the Tulip brand, I recommend going with their soda ash kit. It comes with 4 colors (fuchsia, yellow, turquoise, and black) and an extra mixing bottle. These are again in addition to the rubber bands and gloves.

Professional Tie Dye Kit - Jacquard Procion MX

If you’re looking to go the professional route, these Procion MX dyes from Jacquard are the way to go. It’s the same dye as in their prepackaged kits, but you now have the ability to weigh your own dye and mix it yourself. If you really want to get into tie dye, these kits are great start with the basic primary colors.

These, along with Dharma’s dyes, are the ones I personally use now. They’ve also made it on my list of the best craft gifts!

Small Kit – Buy it on Amazon

Large Kit – Buy it on Amazon

One Step Kits

The most common kits are known as “one step” kits. They’re called this because you don’t have the added step of soaking the fabric in soda ash. These kits have the soda ash mixed in with the dye so you’re doing the soaking and dyeing step at the same time.

Because of this the colors typically come out not as bright as when you pre soak with soda ash directly. But you get the added benefit of only having one step which makes it easier for kids.

Best One Step Kit: 12 Color One-Step Tulip Tie Dye Kit

This is your classic one step kit. You get 12 colors and you get a good amount in each bottle. You get a great range of colors, including black and brown which can be difficult to find in a kit. The bottles are also pretty big so you can dye a whole bunch of clothes.

Each cap also has a corresponding color so you can easily identify which bottle has which dye. It also comes with a bunch more gloves than normal (8 pairs to be precise) so you can also use it as a smaller party pack.

Best for Kids - Rydowenna Tie Dye DIY

This kit has a whopping 26 colors so there’s plenty to choose from. They come in small bottles which are easy for kids to hold.

It also comes with a bunch of gloves and the bonus of aprons and a table cover to prevent messes!

Buy it on Amazon

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Best Party Tie Dye Kit - Tulip Ultimate Summer Tie Dye Party Kit

This really is the ultimate pack for parties. You get 30 huge bottles and colors so everyone has plenty to choose from. And again, each bottle has an appropriate cap to easily identify each color.

Buy it on Amazon

Best Mini Tie Dye Kit - Tulip Single Color and 3 Pack Kits

If you want to keep things simple, you can get mini kits. And to make it super mini, you can get a single color which will dye up to 3 shirts. So if you really want to dye something, but want to keep things simple go for one of these. For example, to make my bat tie dye shirt design, you just need a single bottle of black!

And if you’re looking for more than just one, but want to keep things small, Tulip makes some great 3 color kits.

Single Color Kits:

3 Color Kits:

Just My Style Pastel Tie Dye Kit

Pastel tie dye has grown in popularity and while you don’t need a specific kit to make pastel colors, this one is a great option. I particularly love it because it’s not just the top that indicates the color. The entire top of the bottle indicates the color so if you’re not one to replace the cap, it’s not an issue.

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Neon Tie Dye Kit - Electric Neons Tulip Kit

Tulip has of course made a name for themselves in the tie dye world and while for some types of kits I’ll recommend a different brand, they truly win the neon category. This kit has huge bottles and are a true neon color rather than simply bright colors.

These dyes have fluorescent pigment so that they’ll even shine under a blacklight. So keep in mind, for this kit you may not have the most vibrant color in the light, it really shines under a blacklight.

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Glow in the Dark Tie Dye Kit - Tulip Phosphorescente Kit

This kit comes with an additional bottle container glow in the dark pigment. You mix into the colored dyes so that when you charge your clothes under light they’ll actually glow in the dark!

It’s pretty cool you can get this effect in a kit and you have the added benefit that the colors themselves are neon. So it’s basically a two in one kit as a glow in the dark and neon tie dye kit.

Buy it on Amazon

Camo Tie Dye Kit - Sorlakar 3 Color Kit

Brown can be difficult to make so if you want a camo tie dye look, it’s a good idea to get a kit that has the brown. And if you’re just going for camouflage colors, this camo kit is perfect.

You get 3 colors – green, brown, and black which can be mixed together to get different colors.

Buy it on Amazon

Spray Tie Dye Kits

Spray kits are great to get a fun sprayed effect or easily blend colors. Another fun technique you can do with the spray dyes is use stencils to create detailed designs.

Best Spray Kit - S.E.I. Spray Tie Dye Kit

These bottles are larger so you can get more of one color and with 8 colors to choose from you still have plenty of options.

This kit is also unique in that you heat set it with an iron to make sure you get the most vibrant colors possible.

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Mosaiz Spray Kit

This one comes with a crazy number of colors – 26 to be precise. So if you’re not into the idea of mixing colors, that part is already done for you. But keep in mind, each bottle is pretty small so you definitely want to plan to blend the colors.

One down side to this kit is it comes with only 3 spray tops. So while you can use the squeeze bottles like traditional squeeze dye, you can only spray 3 colors. If you want to switch spray colors, rinse it off and choose a new color.

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Natural Dye Kits

Natural dye kits are great because the dyes don’t have any of the harsh chemicals that standard kits have. Something to keep in mind if you go with one of these is they don’t work the same way as mixing water and adding dye.

You’ll often need to cook and soak your dyed items. However, the added steps can be well worth it as natural dyes produce beautiful and unique color that you really can’t get with traditional dyes.

Best Natural Kit - Honey Oak

This kit from Honey Oak gives you multiple natural colors. Since typically the only natural dye kits you can find is simply indigo dye, this one is unique.

As an added bonus, this one also comes with aprons and a tablecloth, which most kits don’t contain.

I also appreciate their commitment to sustainability, making the the packaging 100% plastic-free and the box recyclable.

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Jacquard Indigo Kit

This kit is perfect if you want to try out indigo tie dye or shibori tie dye. It’s real indigo so you get the absolutely gorgeous color without any chemicals.

One thing you don’t get with this kit is dye bottles. That’s because when dyeing with indigo you add the dye to water to produce a dye bath. Then you place the fabric or clothing into the dye bath. Therefore no dye bottles are needed.

There are several options for where you can get this kit:

Tie Dye Projects to Try

Now with your new kits you can try out these fun projects.

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