This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of HTH® Pool Care via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.
One of the things that we've learned as a family this summer, is that there are plenty of things that you can do when you have a pool in your own backyard, that you would never be allowed to do at the town pool…..
So they can jump into the pool into quick succession like a synchronized dive team (only not so precise!)
Luckily- they have Mom watching the pool this summer…. who's a bit more lenient when it comes to pool rules. Like the one about no art projects near the pool….. I threw that one right out the window this week when we decided to use the pool specifically for an art project- tie dying beach towels from a kit!
How to Tie Dye Beach Towels
Step 1: You'll want to prepare your soda ash mixture. This allows the dye to really adhere to the fabric. Simply dissolve the powdered soda ash into a bucket of warm water.
Step 2: Get the beach towels wet, which will make it much easier to tie them into designs. Of course- we dunked them in the pool! (Tossing them through the basketball hoop is purely optional!). Wring out so they are only damp.
Step 3: Lay them on the pool chairs and twist and shape to create your designs. We opted mainly for swirl designs, so we picked an area for the middle of the swirl and began twisting the towels into a tight spiral.
Step 4: Secure your designs with rubber bands- as tightly as possible. Continue making several more designs in your towel- or wrap the entire towel tightly into one large spiral- as you'd like!
Step 5: Dunk your tied towels into the the bucket of soda ash and allow it to sit for 20 minutes. Then carefully squeeze out as much water as possible.
***Here's where we moved away from the pool area and into the yard!***
Step 6: Using a plastic tub, apply your dye. (The dye comes in plastic squeeze bottles and you simply need to add water and shake well to mix. If you find the powder has become stuck in the nozzle end, use a toothpick to push it through to the bottle and mix some more.) The kids dictated where they wanted the dye- but since I only had one pair of rubber gloves, I handled all of the dye myself.
Step 7: Place the dyed towel into a plastic bag, and allow it to sit overnight. The next day- rinse in cold water until it runs clear while removing the rubber bands (feel free to use scissors to cut them out- it's easier than untwisting them!) Run the towels through the washer and dryer and head back to the pool!
Of course, you'll want to make sure that your pool is clean and ready for use! So you'll need some of this:
HTH® Pool Care Products that easily help you to turn a green pool back to blue, or shock your pool back to its old crystal clear self!
And you'll need one of these…. a family “pool boy” who thinks that vacuuming the pool is fun! (How great is that!)
Pop on some reggae tunes, put out your tie dye beach towels….
Or just hang upside down for awhile….
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