Tybo is an at-home craft kit that'll enable you to make a variety of tie-dyed creations without making a mess of the area around you. With this kit, you'll be able to make colorful tie-dyed t-shirts, bags, bandannas and more. If you're new to tie-dye, each kit comes with a selection of technique cards that will help you master different designs. Each one also comes with a stand for you to keep all your kit's pieces in, so your workstation won't become a disorderly disaster.
The cost of Tybo is $19.99 plus $8.99 shipping, for a total price of $28.98.
To get started with your kit, you'll need to have a piece of clothing or an accessory on hand that you want to tie-dye. The way you create a pattern is by tying rubber bands around your piece of clothing or accessory in various places, and a handful of bands are included in each kit. If you need help figuring out where to place the bands in order to create an attractive design, just consult your technique cards.
When you're done adding rubber bands to the item you'll tie-dye first, you'll need to set up your workstation. Your mixing orb will come in a few separate pieces, so you'll have to consult your instruction manual to figure out how to set it up, but this should only take a few minutes. You'll also need to pour the dye from the included packets into the dye bottles, mixing it with water as per your instruction manual. After you're finished that, you can then put everything in its appropriate place within the included purple stand.
Next, you'll have to open up your orb and insert whatever fabric item you added rubber bands to during the first step.
Once your chosen piece of clothing or accessory is inside the orb, choose one or more colors of dye and squirt them through one or more of the orb's small pink openings.
Making sure that your mixing orb is resting securely in the middle of your purple stand, give the orb's handle a spin in order to mix the added dye into the fabric within. The longer you spin it, the more colorful your piece of clothing or accessory inside will become.
Leaving your tie-dyed creation in your orb, open up the top and bottom and run cold water through. Continue doing this until the water running out the bottom is clear. After that, you can pull your creation out and hang it to dry (the rubber bands can be removed later).
Once your dye has been added to your orb and you're spinning the handle, the dye will mix with the fabric within, coating it all in color—except for the areas you've covered with rubber bands. As this occurs, no dye will dribble out of the orb and make a mess, since the pink openings that dye is squirted through are actually one-way valves. They'll let dye into the orb, but they won't let it out. Therefore, you'll be able to make as many tie-dyed pieces of clothing and accessories in your orb as you want to, without having to clean a single drop of color off your floor or furniture.
In each Tybo kit, you'll get six packets of dye in different colors of the rainbow. It's not stated that each kit contains the exact same colors, so they may vary.
Each kit also contains a bandanna, so if you want to get started with your tie-dying right away, but don't have anything on hand to dye, you can use that.
It'll be safe to put your Tybo creations in the washing machine since the dye won't wash out of them, and they'll come out looking as brightly colored as they did when they went in.
You won't need batteries to operate your mixing orb, just the power of one or two hands, so you won't need to worry about having batteries on hand when you want to use the device.
The Tybo kit is suitable for both boys and girls of various ages, from elementary school children to young teenagers. If boys want to stay away from colors they consider girly, they can choose to make all their creations in blue and green and save the pink dye for the ladies. The only kids who shouldn't use one of these kits are toddlers, as they're young enough that they might think they can eat the dye.
If you're looking for something to do with guests at a birthday party or sleepover for hours, one of these kits will likely entertain the whole group for that period of time. Plus, you won't have a huge mess to clean up afterward, and each child will be able to take at least one creation home to show their parents.
Some kids (and adults) are averse to having their hands stained with dye, especially since it might take a while to wash out, so it's helpful that each kit contains a pair of plastic gloves. If more than one person wants to use gloves, you can just pass them around amongst the group.
When you run out of dye in one of these Tybo kits, it appears that you can replace your six starter packets of dye with any type of dye you choose. The only thing you'll need to do is put it in the included squirt bottles, so you can transfer it to your mixing orb without running the risk of a spill.
When you use one of these kits for tie-dying, the cleanup process will be quick, but the setup process might be a long one. Setting the orb up and pouring each packet of dye into a bottle might take just a few minutes each, but with all these tasks combined, you might be looking at a half-hour setup time. There's a chance that kids could get bored during that period of time and go off and do something else, leaving the tie-dying kit behind.
The mixing orb in each Tybo kit will accommodate most fabric items, including large t-shirts and pairs of leggings, but it may not accommodate huge items such as blankets and bedsheets. No matter how much you roll them up, they may not fit inside.
In regard to choosing a clothing item or accessory to tie-dye, it's best to be very selective with this choice. There's no way to get the dye out of the item you've tie-dyed after you've done it, so you'll never be able to return it to its original form. If you're tie-dying clothing, it's ideal to choose an old or inexpensive piece to start with, in case you don't like the color or design you see on your finished creation.
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