Cool Maker Tidy Dye Station Review (Spin Master)

Cool Maker Tidy Dye Station
What It Is

The Cool Maker Tidy Dye Station from Spin Master is a DIY tie dye arts & craft kit that takes the mess out of the craft but yields the same cool psychedelic colorful results.

What's included:

The kit comes with a tote bag, headband, a plastic sheet, gloves, Tidy Dye bands, 5 Tidy Dye color pods, and the special Tidy Dye work station. The instruction guide breaks down the process into easy-to-follow steps to make the Criss Cross Tie Dye Bag, Chevron Tie Dyed Headband, or Scrunch T-shirt (shirt not included). The process for each activity is relatively similar. 

How Does It Work?

  1. Drench whatever item you're working with in water so that it's soaked through. 
  2. Following the indicated instructions, wrap the item around the removable barrel of the Tidy Dye Station. [Editor's Note: If you've ever heard of the Arashi Shibori Japanese dyeing technique of pole-wrapping this is along those lines]. 
  3. Attach the Tidy Dye bands to either end of the Tidy Dye Station's barrel. 
  4. Instead of pouring and dipping your items in dyes as with common tie dye, the colorful Tidy Dye string creates the same tie-dyed effect when wrapped around your item on the barrel. To use, simply clip a Tidy Dye pod onto the station, slot the string into one button on the end of the Tidy Dye bands, and simultaneously turn the knob on the barrel away from you while sliding the color pod back and forth across the Station to create a criss-cross pattern.
  5. Trim the Tidy Dye color pod's string with its built-in, floss-like cutter and attach that end into another hook on the Tidy Dye bands.
  6. Repeat the process with a second color. 
  7. Remove the barrel from the Station and store your project in a plastic bag to allow the dye to soak into the fabric. As with any tie dye project, the longer you let the dye soak in the better the results. We left ours out overnight. 
  8. Using the included gloves, remove the project from the bag and rinse on the barrel under water. 
  9. Remove the project from the barrel and rinse again, squeezing out any excess water.
  10. Lay flat to dry. 

Is It Fun?

We like how much less messy this kit makes the tie-dye process, and it's also a fun way to get creative each time you use it. Tie-dyeing is always fun but because of the mess the project can often seem more tedious and time-consuming than fun. This kit solves that problem, allowing kids (and parents!) to focus on the fun and not the mess. 

There is also added repeat play value to this craft kit because you can turn to your own supplies beyond the kit's contents to keep tie-dyeing new things. 

Who It’s For

The Cool Maker Tie Dye Kit is for ages 8 and up from Spin Master. It will appeal to kids and parents looking for a fun activity to do anytime or year, inside or outdoors. This arts & craft kit is also great for kids that like to customize their belongings. 

What To Be Aware Of

If you find you have extra Color Pod string once you've completed your project, the pod has a built-in wheel so you can wind any unused string back inside. 

With larger projects especially, you'll want to make sure your project is tightly wound around the barrel before getting started. Also, be sure the fabric's top edge is facing the opposite way as you turn the barrel. Otherwise, you are essentially unwinding your project as you turn it. 

The color pods can be a bit difficult to move on the station's track at times. 

 Keep in mind, how you wind the string around your project is up to you. It doesn't have to look exactly like it does in the instructions. It doesn't need to be flawless because this is still tie dye, after all. 

  • Fun to Make?

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  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy