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Step Three Now we are ready to bleach the shirt, but first it is important that we get the appropriate bleach to water ratio. If you do not have enough bleach your design will look muted, or you will have to spray the design multiple times. If you have too much bleach it will weaken the fibers of the shirt and it will start to tear after only a few washes.
I must confess, I've often passed by the fabric markers in the craft store thinking they were for kiddos. But one day I decided to give them a chance and picked up a pack. I'm so glad I did! These markers are really fun to work with and the best part is, after 24 hours of dry time they are permanent and machine washable!
Photo Credit It’s that taxing in-between time of the semester again – spring break is over, papers and projects are coming due, and finals are looming ahead. It’s clear that college students are stressed right now, and with that stress comes the need for relaxation.
With Earth Day just around the corner, we’re turning to artist and environmentalist Chris Jordan for inspiration. In this large-zoom photograph he has captured 1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags, the number used in the US every hour . And did you know that 2.7 billion plastic bags are used every day worldwide? Floored by these staggering numbers we were motivated to do a quick and easy DIY, recycling an old t-shirt into a reusable fringed market bag. We hope that it will also inspire you to use less plastic and paper!
This week we’re turning to our friend and beauty expert Sarah Howard , of Beauty Banter , who is indulging us with her delectable brown sugar lip scrub tutorial. Inspired by one of her favorite lip polishes , Sarah recently discovered how simple it was to make her own organic version at home. The timing couldn’t be more ideal as winter’s typically unforgiving weather has us yearning for soft and smooth lips! (PS Be sure to head over to Beauty Banter for our favorite beauty products & tips!) You’ll need: pure coconut oil honey brown sugar a teaspoon a tablespoon a mixing bowl an empty jar or 2.5 oz baby food jar labels (optional)
Shibori is a Japanese term for methods of dyeing cloth by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, and compressing. In Japan, the earliest known example of cloth dyed with the shibori technique dates back to the 8th century where indigo was the main dye used. We were immediately inspired by this fascinating technique , it’s history and beauty. After much research, we decided to tackle 3 techniques of Shibori dyeing with an Indigo Tie Dye Kit, a few old white shirts and scarves, and several household items.
It’s been awhile since our last bracelet DIY . I don’t know about you, but our wrists have been begging for another colorful addition for months now. So after playing with some materials that were already on hand, we’ve created a tutorial for a braided bead bracelet, which is a not so distant cousin of the hex nut and wrap bracelet .
Today we’re sharing a little pre-Valentine’s Day love with these sweet DIY heart-shaped bokeh photographs from Karen of Globetrotter Diaires (who also happens to be my wonderful little sister)! Creating heart-shaped blurs is something I’ve been dying to try after admiring so many similar images floating around the internet. If you’re interested in the simple how-to, head over to Karen’s blog for the full tutorial . . . (via Globetrotter Diaries )
When money is tight, but fabulous fashion is a necessity, try out your crafting skills to make something new and fantastic. These bracelets are sure to impress and look quite expensive, but all they require is some gold chain and friendship bracelet yarn, both of which you can find at a craft store like Michael’s Art Supply. Make one signature piece or stack a bunch for a layered look!
When M. came home from her camp with school, she showed me this yellow bracelet she made with 'scoubidoo' strings. One of her friends taught her how to make these and of course I wanted to have a go at it too. Instead of scoubidou string I used strips of fabric for one and leather - what did you think?!- shoelaces in offsetting colors for another one. I believe both resulting bracelets look really nice.
You should all know by now that we are all about stacking bracelets on our wrists. The more, the better. In fact . . . the most, the best!
Thank you for visiting my post about DIY Tin Lanterns … You may also be interested in my individually handmade ceramic homewares, accessories and gifts in my shop – take a look! I’m in love with my new recycled tea light can holder! It was so easy to make, and the best part is anyone can make one – you don’t need any special tools or materials.