I must admit that I didn't know what to expect when I ventured to Avon's newest DIY destination, but after spending a couple of hours at The Tie Dye Lab with my three children, I came away truly impressed.
In fact, I left with a feeling that this is going to be a place families will love that will draw quite the crowd as word gets out about it.
So, what made it so special?
Appropriately, bursts of bright colors grab your attention as you enter the storefront of this creative space. If the name doesn’t tell you enough about the activities available, then the beautiful tie-dyed t-shirts, hats, pillowcases, drawstring bags and towels that adorn the walls will paint the complete story.
A wonderful date night, family outing, play date or morning activity, The Tie Dye Lab offers an organized, somewhat-structured space for creating original, wearable designs using dye. Yes, you guessed it, you’ll be tie dying in this space.
The Tie Dye Lab is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. If you have a group of 10 or more, advanced notice is appreciated.
The entire process is actually simpler than you might think.
- Choose the item you like to dye.
- Select your colors from the examples on the wall.
- Decide what pattern of tie dye you want to create.
Then the fun begins! Create your designs using the rubber bands at the tie station. From there, head to the dye station and use your squirt bottles to apply the color where you want it. Afterwards, your item is treated to a special 10-minute process while you wait. During your wait time you can play games in the spacious waiting area.
When your shirt is ready, you’ll head to the sink and rinse it out and then roll it to squeeze any excess liquid out. From there, pose for a photo at the social media wall and then your dyed item is placed in a plastic bag with some detergent to use at home. Once you are at home, wash your item in the washing machine, dry it and then wear it!
It’s a very easy, stress-free activity. My children, ages 2, 5 and 7 loved making their own designs. My 2-year-old needed a little bit of assistance from me, my older kids needed only some guidance as they prepared their shirt with the ties (rubber bands) into the design they selected.
The Tie Dye Lab has some great transfers they can affix to your shirt so you can represent your favorite local school or team. Seasonal transfers are available, too.
Interested in dyeing your own item? Bring it in! While there are no guarantees how it will turn out and all sales are final, you can apply color for $4 per bottle of color.
As a parent of very creative children who like to try new things, I’m so glad that The Tie Dye Lab has come to fruition in Hendricks County.
You'll find The Tie Dye Lab in the strip mall on the north side of U.S. 36 where it intersects with Dan Jones Road at 8100 E. U.S. 36 Suite L, Avon. For more information, check out their website.