Tie dying is a method of dying which creates patterns by tieing certain parts of the item up to shield it from the dye. It's a craft that always reminds us of the 70's hippy movement but it's found new ground in recent years. People of all ages are turning their old white clothes into colourful masterpieces.

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Tie dying has become so popular in recent years that many online retailers sell easy to use tie dye kits. From huge clothing brands like Pretty Little Thing to more independent sellers on Etsy, there's plenty of brands selling a huge range of kits. There's kits aimed at beginners, kids and more advanced crafters. There's also a range of sustainable and eco-friendly tie dying kits. These kits use natural powders, glass or cardboard packaging and second-hand pieces to dye. Whatever tie dye kit you choose we promise you'll have great fun upcycling your old clothes into something new!

We've rounded up 14 of the best tie dye kits so you can start tie dying at home. We've included kits for kids and adults at a range of different price points so no matter your budget you'll be able to find a kit that's perfect for you. We've also created a complete guide on how to tie dye right here on Gathered if you want to try it yourself rather than purchase a tie dye kit.

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Best Tie Dye kits

1. FabLab tie dye kit

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  • Best for: Teens and tweens!

This tie dye kit is fab for the whole family to play with. Suitable for ages 8+ it comes with seven colours and all the protective equipment you need to start dying. We've gathered even more craft ideas for little ones in our paper crafts for kids post so make sure you head over!

2. Gifort dyeing kit

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  • Best for: Beginner tie dyers

If you want a wider selection of colours in your tie dye kit this is the one for you. Gifort sells this 18 colour pack which includes a whole spectrum of colours. As well as all the other essential supplies, this kit also comes with a reusable table cover to ensure your furniture doesn't get stained in the process.

3. Crafty Jar Company kit

Buy it now from Etsy

  • Best for: All newbie crafters

Etsy has some of the best tie dye kits on the market and Craft Jar Company is no exception. Everything you need to dye one t-shirt comes in this recyclable glass packaging making it a wonderful gift for any kids in your life. Choose the size of the t-shirt (they range from size 5-6 years up to 14-15 years) then choose your trio of colours and you're done.

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4. Yetech Tie Dye Kit

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  • Best for: Home dyeing

Yetech's kit is great for beginners no matter your age. There's 15 colours included as well as a detailed manual on how to start tie dying. Once you've mastered the art of tie dying browse our free daily craft patterns for more at-home projects.

5. Rainbow Natural Dye Kit Bundle

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Buy it now from Etsy

  • Best for: Vegan, sustainable crafting

For a more natural approach to tie dying why not pick up The Love of Colours natural or indigo kit? This natural kit will allow you to dye four items (anything natural, it won't work on synthetic fibre). You'll need to purchase the indigo kit to be able to dye every colour of the rainbow. Natural indigo cannot be dyed in the same way as the other colours. It must be used to create a "living" vat, which is achieved through a sort of fermentation process. This is why you'll need both kits!

6. Tumble Craft and Fabric Tie-Dye Kit

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Buy it now from Home Loft

  • Best for: Quick, fuss-free dying

For a fuss-free approach to tie dying we'd recommend these tumble dye kits. Containing three 2fl oz. spray bottles, it's a five-step method to use these spray bottles. First, shake the bottles, then tie your item into the pattern you want, spray your chosen colour on and leave to air dry. Once it's dry iron to set the colour in place and admire your newly tie dyed item.

7. Tybo Tie-Dye Design Studio Craft Kit

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  • Best for: Kids!

The best tie dye kits are the ones that make the least mess and if you've got little ones with you then you know how messy it can get! This ingenious kit by Tybo uses a magic mixing orb to create your designs making it an all-encompassing tie dye kit. Plus the kids will love turning the handle to create their design. For more creative projects check out our craft ideas for kids post which is full of easy and affordable tutorials.

8. DIY tie dye T-Shirt kit

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Buy it now from Etsy

  • Best for: Advanced dyers wanting to try something new

This is the most calming tie dye kit we've found on the market. Everything you need comes in the kit. You can choose from three nature-inspired colours, blushing coral, desert sage, indigo, earth rose. We've got lots of sustainable projects here on Gathered including our recycled craft ideas round up and how to make t shirt yarn tutorial.

9. TBC's tie dye kit

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  • Best for: Advanced dyers wanting to try something new

This kit by TBC is great because of its super simple instructions. It comes with eight different colours each with its own squeezy bottle. As their instructions say just add water, apply your dye to your t-shirt, tie it up, leave for 6-8 hours and rinse!

10. Winsons tie dye kit

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  • Best for: Advanced dyers wanting to try something new

Winsons have created a kit that has 8 beautiful and vibrant colours inside. By mixing their bright oranges and pinks you'll be able to create stunning designs on a range of fabrics.

11. Ucradle tie dye kit

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  • Best for: Experimenting with colour

For the ultimate bumper kit you need Ucradles huge colour set. There's 24 colours for you to get creative with which span every colour of the rainbow. There's 90 rubber bands, 12 hand protective, 2 disposable aprons, 1 tablecloth and detailed technique guide. There's enough equipment for a few of you to start tie dying together!

12. Botanical tie dye kit

Silk Scarf Natural Yarn Dye Kit

Buy it now from Etsy

  • Best for: Eco-conscious dyers

Give your garments a new life with Hook and Light's botanical bundle dyeing kit. It comes with a variety of beautiful organic materials including flowers, bark and beetles. The kit includes nearly everything you need and is made from recyclable materials so it's eco-friendly. Make sure you check out our sustainable crafts round-up for more green projects.

13. DIY tie dye kit tin

DIY tie dye kit

Buy it now from Etsy

  • Best for: On the go crafters

Craft supplies in a handy little tin? Yes, please! This tie-dye kit by Spinning Hat Gifts would make a great stocking stuffer for crafty kids. It comes with pink, yellow and cyan dye bottles, elesatic bands and gloves - all you need is a white item to get creative with.

14. Eco-friendly tie dye kit

Eco tie dye kit

Buy it now from Etsy

  • Best for: Advanced dyers wanting to try something new

Inspired by Japanese shibori and ice dyeing, this kit is both eco-friendly and available in four beautiful colourways. Choose between the cherry blossom, fruiti-tutti, pastel and rainbow pack and use the dyes for whatever form of dyeing you fancy.Kazahana Dye House even says you could use it to ice dye your yarn!

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We hope you've enjoyed our best tie dying kits round-up! If you're into crafting kits then we have a whole range of buyers guides here on Gathered. Head to our craft subscription box UK post and our guide to punch needle kits for lots of easy, at-home craft ideas.

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Phoebe Burt
Phoebe BurtSEO and Communities Editor, Gathered

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.

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