RE: Tie-Dyed Paper Project

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

Thank you to Maza Lazarus for teaching us how to make Tie-Dyed Paper during RE on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. I have already used mine to wrap Christmas presents. I could make tie-dyed paper all day long if I had the free time. It is soooooo relaxing and the results are amazing!

For those who could not make it, the directions are below.

Please take a photo of your masterpiece and send to so we can display them all on our website.

Also, bring you masterpieces to RE at 10:00 AM on Sunday, Dec 13th for us all to enjoy.

And remember, your presence is the best present you can give.

See you at All Ages RE, 10:00 AM Sunday!


Making Tie-Dye Paper

by maya lazarus (

Materials Needed:

Muffin tin, white tissue paper, assorted food coloring, newspaper, water


Fold white tissue paper into a small shape, about 3”x 3”.

Pour food coloring into four of the muffin cups (one color in each cup).

Pour water into two of the unused muffin cups.

Dip a corner of your tissue paper shape into the water, then into a food color.

Do same with each corner of your shape.

Place tissue paper shape between several pages of newspaper and step on it

to squeeze out excess water. Squeeze out as much water as you can.

GENTLY and CAREFULLY unfold tissue paper shape and let dry by

draping it over a chair.

Each tissue paper design is unique.

When dry, you may iron with a cool iron to smooth out wrinkles.

Enjoy your beautifully unique designs.


If you don’t have muffin tins, you can use small cups/containers,

To make the colors brighter, you can dip you paper into the food coloring without dipping it into water first.

Once the paper has dried, you can refold it in a different way and then redip the edges in the water/dye to make a new pattern over the original design. However, remember the additional dipping will change your original pattern to different degrees depending how long you dip it as the colors run into each other. Dipping your dried tie- dyed paper into water will lighten the color you dipped in for a special effect. plj

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