Toilet Paper Crafts With a Tie Dye Twist | Another Coaster Friday

Toilet paper crafts don’t mean you have to craft with toilet paper rolls. I will show you how to tie dye with food coloring and toilet paper!

Yup! I’m not kidding!

We are breaking out the toilet paper and we are going to add it to resin! But we don’t want to keep the toilet paper a boring, blah white. Oh no!

Let’s spice it up with some color!

Seriously, who wouldn’t want a resin coaster with a food coloring tie dye on toilet paper? It’s not weird at all!

Actually, it looks pretty cool! It’s easy and has a blendy (yes I made that word up) quality to it!

If You Want To Craft With Toilet Paper Rolls

I have a few toilet paper roll crafts that you might find inspirational!

Greg is always rolling his eyes when I start gathering (or say hoarding) empty toilet paper rolls for crafting.

The first is a Christmas Flower Ornament. It’s easy, super budget friendly, and involves glitter. Need I say more?

The second is a Frosty Christmas Star that I don’t think you will even believe is made out of toilet paper rolls. My T.P. holiday masterpiece!

If you want a Thanksgiving craft for the kids, they can make Toilet Paper Roll Turkeys!

Three FAQs

1. Can you use food coloring to tie dye?

Yes! You can use food coloring to tie dye. For our project, we are going to use food coloring to tie dye toilet paper!

2. How do you dye a shirt with food coloring?

You can use food coloring to tie dye t shirts or just dye shirts. There are a lot of tie dye with food coloring tutorials out there and most recommend you soak your shirt in vinegar first.

3. Does food coloring stain skin?

Yes, but not forever! Most of it washes off pretty quick, but if you really let it soak in, especially a dark concentrated color, it will stain. Depending on how often you wash your hands, it should be gone by the next day.

On that same note, if you dilute the food color in water, like in the bathtub, it will neither stain your tub or your skin. I just found that out when babysitting the grandkids and before I knew what they were doing, they got busy dying their bathwater.

Supplies You Will Need to Make the Coasters

  • Resin
  • When deciding on which resin to use for your coasters, you need to keep in mind whether you want it just for cold cups or for hot ones as well.
  • If only for cold drinks, you can be flexible and use whatever brand you like:
  • If you want it to work for both hot and cold drinks, you need to look for a heat-resistant resin, like these:
    • FX Poxy ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500° F.
    • Stone Coat

Be sure to join the Creating with Craft Klatch Facebook Group, where you can share your projects!  

Video Tutorial Toilet Paper Roll Craft: So You Can See Exactly How To Tie Dye With Food Coloring



Step 1: Toilet Paper Crafts Require Toilet Paper

We’ll start this project with how to tie dye with food coloring. It’s really just my version that ended up looking like tie-dye. Think happy accident.

I gathered some toilet paper and food coloring for this project. 

Step 2: Start Ripping!

I needed more manageable sized pieces, since the coaster is only four inches in diameter. So, ripped small pieces of toilet paper and left the rough edges.

Step 3: Bust Out The Food Coloring!  

I broke out the food color. The food color is neon, but you can use primary colors too!

Step 4: Now To Tie Dye With Food Coloring

I started by dripping the food color directly onto the toilet paper. I quickly realized it was pretty dark and I had to rethink this step.

Step 5: Lighten Up  

After some thought, I dipped a paintbrush in water and added it to the toilet paper piece. It helped the food color move around and lighten it up.

Success! That’s a much better color!

Step 6: It’s Not Easy Being Green  

I moved onto the green and added food color directly to water. It worked well, but it was all the same color and pretty pale.

Step 7: Dilute and Drip  

My solution was to drip some undiluted food color onto the wax paper. I dipped my brush into the food color and then touched the light green toilet paper. It gave me the different shades I was looking for!

Step 8: Blue and Pink

I repeated the process with the blue and pink food color.

Is this what you thought we’d be doing when I said we’d be doing toilet paper crafts?

Step 9: Tie Dye Instructions For Blending on T.P.

While working with the smaller pieces, I thought there was an opportunity for blending and ripped seven larger pieces of toilet paper.

Step 10: Now We Are Getting The Tie-Dye Look

I added multiple colors to the toilet paper and let the colors run together.

Step 11: Too Deep

If the colors were too deep, I used a paper towel and pulled some of the color off.

Step 12: Time To Dry

I set everything to dry and it really dried pretty quickly. I put them down on a paper towel.

Step 13: Look At The Pretty Colors

 I peeled the larger ones off the wax paper as well.

Step 14: Mix The Resin  

I mixed three ounces of resin and poured it into two of the coaster cavities.

Step 15: Pop Those Bubbles 

I used my lighter to pop the bubbles.

Step 16: Add The Pieces  

This is where the toilet paper craft starts coming together. I started adding the pieces into the resin.

Step 17: Press Them 

I pressed the pieces down with my stir stick.

Step 18: Keep Going  

I kept going until I had everything covered. Feel free to overlap.

Step 19: Repeat  

I repeated the process with the bigger pieces.

Step 20: More Resin

I poured the remaining resin over the coasters. However, I didn’t feel like it was enough.

Step 21: Break Out That Lighter Again  

I popped the bubbles with my lighter.

Step 22: And Some More Resin  

I mixed two more ounces of resin and poured it over both of the coasters.

Step 23: And The Lighter

I used my lighter to pop the bubbles. Then, I let them cure for a minimum of 12 hours.

Step 24: Who Would Guess That’s A Toilet Paper Craft?

Once cured, I removed the coaster from the mold.

That’s it!  Now you have colorful tie dye with food coloring coasters made with resin and toilet paper!

If you look closely, where they overlapped, you can see the one underneath and you can see different colors emerging.

So fun!

You know that roll of toilet paper you are using? When you are done with it, DON’T THROW IT AWAY!

There are many toilet paper roll crafts in your future too. I can just feel it!

If you are looking for a tie dye how to, I had a bunch of teenagers make some shirts a few years back! Tie-dye is always fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Remember:  Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!


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