Keep Yourself Busy with This DIY Ice Dyeing Project – Just in Time to Beat the Summer Heat

Did you know that ice dyeing was first conceived by quilters, who were looking for a resourceful way to dye fabric during the winter months? They used to snow and ice to achieve that mottled watercolor look that we've come to recognize as none other than tie-dye. Believe it or not, the process is extremely simple, as not much is in your control aside from the selection of colors. As the ice slowly melts, it deposits in different ways. All in all, the ice does most of the magic here!

Use this foolproof technique for ice-dyeing – a less messy relation to tie-dyeing itself – and you can give any solid cotton fabric a serious makeover. Read below to learn how to recreate this fun DIY project, courtesy of Shadow Bend, the best apartments in Corpus Christi, for an enjoyable afternoon spent with the entire family.


• Wire rack
• Powder dye
• Plastic bin
• Fabric
• Ice cubes


1. To prep the fabric, place the rack over the bin or directly in a sink. Soak the fabric in water, then twist and wind it into a snake shape on the rack to create a wave pattern.
2. Gather the fabric into the center of the rack, and cover it with ice cubes.
3. Sprinkle the dye on top and let the ice melt. To set the pattern, wash and dry the fabric separately.

Inspiration can come from anywhere – just ask the team at Shadow Bend Apartments in Corpus Christi, Texas. By passing along this information, we hope to inspire you with new ideas, projects, and goals, too.

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