Tie dye art

Kids love messy play and this easy tie dye art activity using baby wipes needs minimal prep and leaves very little mess to clean up afterwards.
Kids love messy play and this easy tie dye art activity from Mud Mates using baby wipes needs minimal prep and leaves very little mess to clean up afterwards.

Easy tie dye art using baby wipes


What you’ll need for your tie dye art

  • Baby wipes
  • Small rubber bands
  • Washable marker pens in different colours
  • Paper towels

How to make your tie dye art

1. Pinch the centre of the baby wipe tightly with one hand, and using the other hand twist the wipe round and round to form a sausage shape.

2. Secure the wipe with 4 or 5 rubber bands, dividing the wipe up into sections as you go.

3. Have your little one colour in each section between the rubber bands with the different coloured marker pens. Help them really get the colour into the folds of the wipe.

4. Once each wipe has been coloured in, help your little one to carefully remove the rubber bands.

5. Place the wipe on top of 2 paper towels and leave to dry.

6. Once the wipes are dry you could frame the finished artworks, use them as wrapping paper for small gifts, make tie dye bunting or even add a pipe cleaner to make a flag!


  • The trick for a more vibrant, colourful creation is to get as much marker pen coloured onto the wipe as possible.
  • This is a great opportunity to help your little one with colour recognition and also teach them about patterning. Start with a simple pattern like pink, purple, pink purple and ask for their help in determining the next colour in the sequence.
  • It’s also a great activity to work on their fine motor skills.

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