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22nd Jul2013

DIY Flower Cluster Headpiece

by Dinah Wulf

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Oh did I get the DIY accessory bug after I made that last minute headpiece for the Fourth of July!  I just HAD to make a flower cluster headpiece.   I’ve had to wear headbands for several months now because I am growing out my hair.  Did you know I had a shaved head?  Yep… that picture over there to your right?  The sides of my head are shaved.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s proof:

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Oooops! It looks like my daughter didn’t like that I shaved my head in that last picture! When I had that haircut, my husband had to shave my head for me every two weeks…that’s love! I had it that way for 425 days before I decided that I didn’t want to have a shaved head once I reached 40 years old and I knew it would take a while to grow back! So now that I have to wear headpieces all the time to cover up the weird growth on the side of my head I have decided to do this tutorial.

Materials:

  • Felt
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Flower craft embellishments
  • Tulle
  • Hair clip

Instructions:

There is no exact science to this due to personal style, but I simply arranged the embellishments until I liked the way it looked.

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Hot glue your arrangement onto the felt.

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Cut the excess felt off around the back of your headpiece with scissors.

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Hot glue the arrangement to your hair clip.

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I clipped it to a headband in this photo. I like using hair clips and headbands separately so that I can interchange the style depending on my outfit. Oh! And there is an added bonus! This giant headpiece hides my gray hair perfectly!

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19th Jul2013

Eight Popular Round-Ups You Don’t Want to Miss

by Dinah Wulf

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I was browsing through all the posts on my site, and man have I published a lot. This post is actually my 588th one!  As I was perusing all the different things I’ve done, I noticed that my round-up posts get a lot of love. Soooo, I thought, why not do a round-up of round-ups? I’m hoping you didn’t miss and so I put together eight popular round-ups you don’t want to miss. Here is over 150 ideas and tutorials… Here we go!

Five Dollar Thrift Store Transformations

One of my more recent posts, this one shares five different projects that I have done using some amazing five dollar (or less) thrift store finds.  Mostly from the Salvation Army or Goodwill, I have been really lucky lately!

$5 Thrift Store Transformations

12 DIY Theme Party Ideas

This one is one of my faves, because I LOVE theme parties! I’m a sucker for them.  I tend to plan my parties so far in advance because I get obsessed with themes.

12 DIY Theme Party Ideas

8 DIY Girls Room Ideas

This round-up is close to my heart because these are some of the projects I’ve done for my daughter, Mia’s bedroom.

DIY Girls Room Ideas

Six Fun Painted Furniture Ideas

So this year for Christmas I think I’m going to ask for a spray paint gun from Santa.  That would make these projects, SO much easier and quicker to complete!

Six Fun Painted Furniture Ideas

10 Easy Mason Jar Craft Ideas

Oh how I love Mason Jars!  Here’s proof! :)

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100 Creative Ways to Recycle

Most of these are ideas that have inspired me and the projects on this blog.

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Eight Tasty Cocktail Recipes for Summer Entertaining

This round-up is a list of original recipes concocted by David Edessa, especially for DIY Inspired!  It’s a fantastic refreshing cocktail drink list perfect for summertime.

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Top 15 Recycled Crafts and Projects of 2012

And finally, in commemoration of last year’s projects, this one is also close to my heart.

Top 15 Recycled Craft and Projects of 2012

12th Jul2013

Easy Upcycled Cake Platter

by Dinah Wulf

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Once again I am on a roll with the thrift store finds!  This time I found a cake platter with a wooden base and glass top. I have done some recent similar upcycled projects just by painting wood. I think white mixed with the natural wood makes ordinary household look more modern.

Here is a $5 serving bowl I hand painted with white and added a gold trim.

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Here’s another wooden set of bowls I painted, leaving the inside natural. I bought this entire set for $6.00.

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I decided to do it again with this cake platter I got from Salvation Army for…wait for it…$2.00!!!!! What??? This was a REALLY good find. Here is the cake platter BEFORE.

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I only used three things to complete this project:

  • Painter’s tape
  • White Craft Paint
  • Paint brush

I simply used painter’s tape around the edges.

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Next I used a craft paint that is good for wood.  It is also dishwasher safe once the paint cures (approximately 21 days).  I left the top wood, because I wanted to make sure it stayed food safe.

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Here is an AFTER photo.

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This literally took me minutes to do.  I ended up painting on two light coats.  It was very simple and I think it change the whole look of the platter.  It’s amazing what a little bit of white paint will do.  I thought about etching the glass dome as well but I’m unsure what I want on it still.  Any ideas???

09th Jul2013

Introducing My Skinny Cow WoCavé

by Dinah Wulf

I am absolutely ecstatic to be sponsored by Skinny Cow brand and a part of the WoCavé Campaign this summer!  What is a WoCavé  you ask? WoCavé {wo-cah-vay} is short for “Woman Cave”. It can be any place that you are in your truest self, where you are both fabulous and flawed, but ALWAYS celebrated!  It’s a place where you can indulge in sweets, do whatever you love, and kick up your heels with your friends. For me, my WoCavé is none other than… my craft room! 

Until the end of August, you will see me here on DIY Inspired completing three exciting creative DIY missions from Skinny Cow. More on that in a second…first, let me introduce you to MY WoCavé!

My craft room is my sanctuary. Period. <Insert music from the heavens here>

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It’s a place where I am inspired and where I write this blog.  It’s a place filled with “stuff” I have upcycled, including these stools and these drawers.

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It’s a place where I am most organized and everything has its place.

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It’s a place where I am surrounded by things that I can’t live without, like craft paint and spray paint.

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It’s a place where my daughter is just as inspired and likes to create too!

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Now that you have had a sneak peek into MY WoCavé, let me share a tad about my first mission from Skinny Cow!

Hint #1: The inspiration is inside this box.

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Hint #2: It involves crafting with my best friend in my WoCavé!

Hint #3: It involves Skinny Cow ice cream candy bars! 

More exciting news…

Every girl needs a WoCavé and Skinny Cow wants to know how you’d style your personal WoCavé. Now until July 15th, just visit Skinny Cow’s page to build your WoCavé, making sure to include one featured item in your set.  One grand prize winner will receive a $7,500 gift card, a Skinny pink mini fridge, a micro-suede “ottowoman”, a hammered metal candy bowl, a memory board, a WoCavé wall decal and five coupons for Skinny Cow treats!  What????? Yes! And five runners-up will win a Skinny Cow prize package that includes all the above except the gift card.  You have one week left to enter!

I can’t wait to show you my first Skinny Cow WoCavé mission and introduce my second mission!

This post was sponsored by Skinny Cow brand. I received monetary compensation and product for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

 

05th Jul2013

Quick and Easy Flower Headpiece

by Dinah Wulf

I wasn’t going to do a post today because of the holiday weekend…BUT I COULDN’T DO IT!  This blog is an addiction, I tell ya!  If you haven’t guessed, I am an extremely calculated person.  I HATE to procrastinate and I almost feel a strong anxiety when I do not plan ahead.  This includes this blog.  I have my posts and projects completed very early. My secret is out.  Every post is published exactly at 6am PST Monday to Friday.  It has been that was since this blog started in April 2011.  Sometimes, I’ll admit, I have projects ready months in advance.  I know I’m crazy.  Today, IS THE VERY FIRST BLOG POST out of over 500 that I did not plan.  Eeeek! With that said I found myself scrambling right before a party yesterday and decided to make this quick and easy headpiece.

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Materials I used:

  • Flower
  • Clip
  • Pre-made felt flower
  • Felt
  • Tulle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue & glue gun

Literally minutes before we left I threw this baby together.  Thank goodness hot glue dries so quickly.  I cut out scraps for blue leaves and a small sliver of tulle. 

Here’s how it turned out!

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This is me posting it on Instagram! Yes. I am in my garage and yes…that is a lot of gray hair.

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Soooo, now that I am actually nearing the end of this spur of the moment blog post, I can take a deep breath….Ahhhhhhhhh.  Hey! That wasn’t so bad!  I really need to do this more often!

01st Jul2013

Recycled T Shirt Fourth of July Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

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Geesh! The Fourth of July is right around the corner! How time flies!  I wanted to share a quick and easy recycled T shirt Fourth of July bunting sponsored by Silhouette that I made with the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software.  You can make this in minutes; just in time for the 4th. More importantly, you can purchase the software on sale from now until July 10th with the promo code: DIYINSPIRED! You’re welcome!

Materials:

  • Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette Portrait™
  • Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software
  • Scrapbook paper in patriotic colors and/or patterns
  • An old T Shirt
  • Spray Starch
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue and glue gun

What is great about the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software is that there is a built in ruler and guidelines for precise alignment and drawing. Because of this, I was able to easily make these cut outs.

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Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition contains all the same functionality as Silhouette Studio® plus the following designer features:

  • Ability to open, manipulate, and cut .svg files
  • Rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs
  • Sketch tools to convert designs into several styles of sketchable art
  • Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns
  • Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision

Next, I made a fabric bunting out of an old T shirt.  You can check out the full tutorial for how to make it.  It turned out great and was very quick and simple to do!

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Just in case, the promo code is DIYINSPIRED to receive a discount from now until July 12th

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This post is sponsored by Silhouette and contains affiliate links.

26th Jun2013

How to Make Your Own Personalized Mugs

by Dinah Wulf

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I have been on a thrift store roll lately!  I found these cute coffee mugs for fifty cents each at the Goodwill. I’ve always wanted to try making my own personalized mugs so I thought I’d give it a go.  It was actually quite easy.  The craft itself takes minutes, however the curing time is what takes the longest.  These personalized mugs make great gifts.  You can fill them up with candy as a fun hostess gift or teacher gift.  Here is how to make your own personalized mugs.

Materials:

  • Coffee Mugs
  • Glass paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Adhesive Stencils
  • Oven (optional)

Note: If you would like to cure your mug in the oven, make sure that the coffee mug you choose is oven safe.

Instructions:

Make sure your mugs are clean and dry.  Wipe them down with rubbing alcohol.

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Place your adhesive stencil in the desired area.

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I used Martha Stewart gloss opaque glass paint and applied it with a paint brush.

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You can peel off the adhesive stencils immediately after you are finished painting. 

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There are two ways to cure the paint.  First you can let is cure naturally for 21 days, or if your mugs are oven safe, you can place them in the oven to cure.  Let the paint dry for one hour and then set them in a cool oven. Set the temperature to 350 degrees and allow it to preheat.  Leave them in the oven for one hour.

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Here is an after photo.

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14th Jun2013

Heat Transfer Recycled Tote Bag

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so excited to have started a partnership with Silhouette America.  I wanted to share a project I did using the heat transfer starter kit that they have available.  Since I have this weird obsession with using recycled bags (I haven’t gotten a plastic bag from a store in almost three years), I thought I’d upcycle an old bag and make a heat transfer recycled tote bag for my daughter.

Materials:

Step One:

Create your design using your Silhouette software program.  Make sure you mirror your image when you design it, otherwise your image will apply backwards.

Step Two:

Print out your design on your heat transfer material and peel away the negative space.

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Step Three:

Position your design on your tote bag and place a scrap piece of fabric over the design.  BTW, I used a piece of scrap fabric from the upcycled headboard I made.

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Step Four:

Iron your image onto the tote bag by pressing firmly and placing pressure on the design for 45-60 seconds.

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Step Five:

Gently remove the transfer sheet and place the fabric scrap over the design again.  Iron it for 45-60 to allow the design to set.

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There you have it… a personalized recycled tote bag!

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A HUGE THANK YOU to Silhouette America for sponsoring this post! Opinions are all mine!

10th Jun2013

Etched Glass Laundry Detergent Container

by Dinah Wulf

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I’ve always thought that all rooms in the house should be beautiful and well organized.  This includes rooms like the laundry room. Being a busy work from home mom, it’s important to me to love my home because I’m here so much! Today I wanted to share a tutorial on how to make a pretty etched glass laundry detergent container as well as 3 tips to help save you time in the laundry room. 

Here is what you’ll need to make your laundry detergent container:

  • Glass container with a lid
  • Glass etching cream
  • Adhesive stencils
  • Paint Brush
  • Tide Liquid HE

Instructions:

Step One: Make sure your glass container is clean and dry.  Apply the adhesive stencil to the glass. 

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Step Two: Using a paint brush, generously apply the glass etching cream and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. 

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Step Three: Rinse the cream off with water and remove the stencil.  Fill your container with Tide Liquid HE.

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Although laundry is a chore, added touches like a pretty etched glass container or a well-organized laundry room makes it seem a little less like a boring routine.  Here are 3 tips that I use to save time in the laundry room and make this task a little less mundane.

Tip #1: Sort as you go. Sorting is my least favorite thing to do when it comes doing laundry.  I use a hamper that has three compartments.  I separate my laundry by lights, darks, and delicates.  It makes it easy to just grab each bag to throw in the washer without having to sort it first.

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Tip #2: Separate small items.  I use a mesh bag for all small undergarments.  Also, sock clips come in handy so that you don’t lose pairs.  You can keep a container of clips near your washer for easy access.

Tip #3: Organize your laundry space.  Have your Tide Liquid HE, dryer sheets, and mini trash can within arms-reach.  That way, you can quickly add your detergent, throw in a dryer sheet, or clean out the lint trap with ease.

Hopefully this quick etched glass craft and my three laundry tips will help make your laundry time fast and fun!

This is a collaboration between Tide Original Liquid HE and the AOL Lifestyle Curator Network. Compensation was provided by Tide Original Liquid HE via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Tide Original Liquid HE.

04th Jun2013

Five Dollar Thrift Store Transformations

by Dinah Wulf

Holy moly have I been lucky while thrifting lately!  I noticed that most of my finds are about $5.00, so I thought I’d put together a quick round-up of my most recent five dollar thrift store transformations.

$5 Thrift Store Transformations

Painted Glass Vases

If there is one thing you can get for CHEAP, it’s a glass vase from a thrift store.  You can find them for $2.00 or less a piece.  Just add a little paint on the inside and you have a whole new look to match your décor.

DIY Pedestal Bowl

This is a popular craft on Pinterest and probably one of the easiest ones to do!  Look for a candlestick and a plate or bowl and glue them together creating a new flower vase, party platter, or jewelry holder.

Upcycled Wooden Bowls

Add a little paint to a boring wooden bowl to transform it into a new modern set… and it’s dishwasher safe!

DIY Rope Vase

Hot glue rope to a thrift store vase for a nautical look.  This is a quick and easy craft that can be completed in fifteen minutes!

Hand Painted Wooden Bowl Knock Off

Recreate an expensive designer hand dipped bowl by painting the bottom of a wooden thrift store bowl.  I added a gold stripe for a little extra flare.

Refurbished Thrift Store Furniture

A little sanding and spray paint can go a long way!  Give a little life to an outdated piece of furniture to give it a fresh new look.

Mirror Makeover

Transform an old mirror into a serving tray by painting it and adding cabinet hardware.

30th May2013

DIY String Art

by Dinah Wulf

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I recently attended the Elevate Blog Conference 2013.  One of the fun activities we did was a nail art and string art craft.  There were several patterns we could choose from and for some reason yours truly decided to pick the hardest one!  What was I thinking?  I know… I was thinking that I love antlers!  Needless to say, I ran out of time and had to finish this project at home so I decided to share it today.

I have to make as early disclaimer… IT DIDN’T TURN OUT!  My antlers look horrible, but I had to share it mainly because my friends Tara and Joni would get a kick out of the final product.  They both thought I was insane for choosing it in the first place.

Although it didn’t turn out, here is how I did it. Perhaps if you printed a simpler pattern, OR you can kick some nail art antler booty, this project’s for you!

Materials:

  • Piece of wood
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Pattern
  • String
  • Scissors

First, place your pattern on the wood.  Secure it by hammering in a few nails along your line.  Here is a photo of the pattern and string I used.

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Continue hammering nails along your pattern.  Once you are finished, remove the paper.  Here’s is what mine looked like.  I know I know, not perfect.

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Next, tie your string to one of the nails and make a knot.

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Start weaving your string. I went around twice.

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Here is the after photo.  If you look quickly it’s not that bad.  If you look closely, the antlers look horrible!  Oh well! I think I may need to mark this one as a craft fail!

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28th May2013

Alice in Wonderland Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend is having an Alice In Wonderland themed party for my God daughter’s first birthday. I decided that I wanted to make a paper flower centerpiece for her using a recycled pretzel container and some dyed coffee filter flowers.  This was my original inspiration. First let me show you how to make the vase.

Materials for Flower Vase:

  • Large plastic container (I used a pretzel container from Costco)
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments (ribbon, craft butterflies)

Instructions for the Centerpiece Vase:

Cut the plastic container to the desired size. I found it easiest to puncture the container with a craft knife first and then use scissors to cut the rest.

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Remove the stickers and paint the inside of the container with craft paint and embellish it with ribbon.  I also used craft butterflies. Painting the inside will give it a nice glossy finish.

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Materials for Alice in Wonderland Flowers:

  • Dyed Coffee Filter Flowers
  • Scrapbook paper and/or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Double-sided tape
  • Sharpies
  • Skewers
  • Floral Tape
  • Styrofoam

Photo Instructions:  I thought photo instructions would be self-explanatory. I just cut and trimmed as I went, using the inspiration photo on my phone as a guide.

Note: I started with a 3”X3” piece of cardstock.

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Here are few close ups of the faces.  I hot glued the paper flowers onto the floral wrapped skewers and inserted them into Styrofoam hidden inside the vase.

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Here are a couple after photos.

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You may also like a this Vintage Inspired Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party!

16th May2013

Hand Painted Wooden Bowl Knockoff

by Dinah Wulf

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After I painted this set of bowls the other day, I couldn’t help myself when I found this wooden bowl at the Salvation Army.  I loved the shape of it so much that I decided to take it home.  I decided to do a hand painted wooden bowl knockoff project on some bowls I had seen in the past.  This set of bowls is one of my inspirations as well as these fun and funky various dipped wooden household items.  

Here are a couple of before pictures… I love the sleek lines and sexy curves!

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As with the bowls I painted last week, I used Martha Stewarts Multi Surface Acrylic Craft Paint.  I used this because it is good for wood, for indoor and outdoor use, and after the project cures (which is approximately 21 days), you can wash it in the dishwasher! I would recommend hand washing it prior to then.

I decided to hand paint it rather than dip it because I would use less paint.

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I ended up painting three coats.

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I also added a gold trim with a metallic gold color to glam it up a bit. 

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Here are a couple more pictures.  I love how a few simple coats of paint can make this old wooden bowl look more new and modern.  I tried to be fancy and take a photo of it in a mirror so you could see it better :) 

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14th May2013

DIY Design How-To: Making Textile Dreams A Reality

by Dinah Wulf

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Who says that DIY creativity has to stop at textiles? Bohemian and hipster fashion trends have inspired fashionistas everywhere to take their passions to the craft tables and design their own unique fabrics for clothing and home designs.

Many great fashion blogs are showcasing DIY textile projects, even students and Academy of Art fashion schools fashion designers like Patrice Yagen are creating original textiles using their own unique techniques and getting notable industry acknowledgment. Be your own designer with these crafty solutions to textile design.

Spoonflower

Making fabrics is as easy as point and click with fabric design sites like Spoonflower. Upload or take an image of a fabric pattern through iPhone or camera and scan it to the site. From there you can replicate the image any way you want (horizontal, vertical etc.) creating a unique and personalized fabric pattern. Be sure to use a quality image with a high resolution—you don’t need to be a pro to get this.

According to a Wall Street Journal article about designing your own fabric, “a photo taken with an iPhone 4′s 5-megapixel camera can create a high-quality 12×17-inch pattern. (To go larger, use a higher resolution camera.) Take several photos of your pattern and select the best one. Or, if possible, scan the original image or material.”

Other points to consider are how large you want the image to be in comparison to how big or small the original image is. Also, be sure to consider what you will be using the fabric for. Upholstery? Curtains? Bags? Clothes? The possibilities are endless!

Inked Up

Use textile ink to hand design intricate geometric shape and line patterns. Use transparent contact paper to cut stencils and use a foam sponge to apply ink. Masking tape can be used to make sharp lines.

PoppyTalk is a blog on handmade items and featured a post that shows you how to make your own customizable prints on practically any fabric. This method is relatively simple and considerably less expensive and time consuming than searching for and purchasing your desired printed fabric.

Shibori and Tie-Dye

When most people think of tie-dye they think of rainbow colored fringed bohemian style but tie-dye goes far beyond that. You can also use the effect of tie-dye with bleach on darker fabrics. But be cautioned, a lot of bleach can eat through thin fabrics so apply miserly with a paint brush.

According to an article in Sewdaily.com, Shibori is “a technique in which cloth is tightly compressed by tying, clamping, folding, and stitching, so that fabric resists paint and reveals wonderful designs and patterns. The Japanese word Shibori comes from the verb root Shiboru meaning ‘to wring, squeeze, or press.’”

Shibori is essentially the Japanese version of tie-dye that uses a different technique for creating line patterns.  Shibori uses a large rope or long hollow cylinder with open ends to create elongated line patters, unlike the technique of creating circular patterns in traditional tie-dye.