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DIY Tie Dye Face Mask

By: Frances Seda for
DIY Tie Dye Face Mask
DIY Tie Dye Face Mask
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Traditional tie-dye can be a bit of a mess and tad bit involved. You have to prep your dye, wear gloves, prep your workspace, let your project sit for a while and so forth. But what if I told you that you could get the same tie-dye effect using permanent markers and rubbing alcohol? It’s possible. And while you can do this with t-shirts let’s take a look at trying the technique out with some homemade face masks. 

Wearing a mask has become a fact of everyday life nowadays. And while you can purchase some in pretty cool patterns to match your personality and outfit, how about tie-dyeing some for a little extra pizzazz. This is also a great project for kids to do so they can proudly wear something they created.

Materials List

  • White fabric face masks
  • Permanent markers in array of colors
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Eye dropper
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap


  1. Start with white cotton masks.

  2. Draw your design on each of the masks with permanent markers. I used Sharpie brand markers, but you could use any brand. I decided to try a dot design, a rainbow of colors and just two complimentary colors.  I literally just drew and colored on the masks as I would a piece of paper.

  3. Next, cover a baking sheet with a piece of aluminum foil and then place a piece of plastic wrap on top of it. I placed the masks on top and applied the alcohol on the masks using an eye dropper. You don’t want to just pour the alcohol over the masks, doing so could really muddle the colors together. Using the dropper, you have more control on where you are applying the alcohol. Certain colors may need a little more alcohol to bleed than others. It wasn’t long before the tie-dye effect was visible on the masks I created. I will point out that I used 70% alcohol, if you can find 91%, the colors will dilute even better. You can see on the middle mask especially that some of the colors had a hard time breaking down so you can still clearly see where I drew. But I don’t think it takes away from the overall look of the masks.

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