Crafts & DIY · Tutorial

SNOW DYEING: Winter Time Fun

Where has this been my whole Frigid-Wisconsin Life?

I am not sure how I have never heard of or done this method of tie dying before…..but I will tell you what: this is a new WINTER STAPLE in our family! We all loved it!

I stumbled upon this idea the night before my kiddos had off of school….so I didn’t have a ton of time to gather supplies. So, we used what I could grab at Walmart at 6:15am on my way home from night shift.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

White clothing (cotton) : because it’s winter…I wanted long sleeves….now I know I totally could have done long-sleeved t-shirts…but I saw some gray hoodies and I snatched them up …I did, however find a white one for me.

Fabric Dye: now many tutorials I read highly recommended powdered dye….I grab a few colors of that…but I also grabbed the 10 pack of liquid Tie Dye in the squirt bottles…because who doesn’t want more options and want to squirt?

Soda Ash: they did have this in the craft section at Walmart! Yay! Soaked our hoodies for 20 minutes or so before dyeing

SNOW: We have plenty of that

Wire racks & Bins: I used a mix of cookie cooling racks and wire bins that we had around the house…had to get creative and then use both bathtubs

THE PROCESS: I looked up 4-5 different blog tutorials and videos…Google it, I promise you’ll find a ton. But the quick recap is:

1. Soak the hoodies in Soda Ash for 20 minutes.

2. Bunch up the hoodie on the rack….I wasn’t sure how well this would work….so I told the kiddos to have it more front facing and then just mess it up a bit….now I know it works REALLY WELL….and you could bunch it however you want, the dye will seep through the entire garment

3. Cover with SNOW!!!!

4. DYE IT! We used a miss of liquid and powder…the powder is much darker/stronger….but it all looks great!

5. Very carefully transfer it indoors to a tub/shower….I guess looking back we could have done this in the tub….but where’s the WINTER FUN IN THAT??? (ignore my hard water stains…needed to scrub that this week anyway…so what’s a little dye?)

6. WAIT. ……and Wait…..and WAIT FOREVER!!!! (Or 24 hours in real time) The snow will melt much faster than that…but the longer you wait, the brighter your colors should be

7. Rinse in cold water…and wash in warm water… (I also threw in some Color Catcher Sheets…and kept the like-colors together as much as I could)

8. WEAR YOUR CREATIONS!!!

We are All sporting our Hoodies today!

(Daddy has already requested one of his own….and the kids also did “normal” tie dye with the extra dye on tshirts…..I’ll hold off on those to reveal later 😏)

Crafts & DIY · Tutorial

DIY Eye Glasses Rack

I was going to start this post out with apologizing for being MIA for so long again… But at this point it seems like that’s becoming redundant.

So I will just jump right in because I know you’re busy, just like me….hence why you haven’t heard from me in a while.

I’ve been wearing glasses since I was in fifth grade, and although I do wear contacts from time to time… You will mostly see me in a pair of spectacles.

I love love love the availability of affordable glasses these days. I have started accumulating quite a collection, which makes wearing them much more fun!

For months now, I have been trying to find a good way to store them to make them easily accessible while I am getting ready in the morning….

This idea actually came to me by accident waking through the cookware aisle…..

I saw this brushed gold cookie cooling rack for under $4 and snatched it up hoping it would work

It turns out to be the perfect size of a frame that I just found while deep cleaning the boys’ closet.

I’m not really going to Give you a step-by-step tutorial, because you don’t need it. I simply painted the bare frame To match my Decour. And used an industrial staple gun to staple the cookie rack to the back!

The little feet bring it out just far enough from the wall to allow the frames to slip through!

How fun is that?!?? I mean, even if you don’t wear glasses, this could work for Sunglasses too!

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No Sew Fabric Flowers, two ways: A Tutorial

Hiya Folks!

I’m back with part two of the Handmade flower tutorial that I talked about on Local 5 Live yesterday morning… Seriously, did that really happen? I’m so glad to have video proof!

I’m still getting over the craziness of it all! Pic above….but here’s the video if you missed it.

So let’s Talk fabric flowers! Both types of these flowers are made the same way… But I will walk you through them step-by-step! I promise anyone can do this!

Let’s start with the One Colored Rose Type, shall we?

Supplies Needed:

Duct Tape

Wooden Dowels

Fabric strips

I spray painted my dowels ahead of time… This is a quick and easy way to do it. However, you are more than welcome to leave them plain… Paint them by hand… Or even cover them with other colorful tapes

Next we are going to start creating the rose.

For your fabric strip you can experiment with different lengths and widths… The width I would say use between 3-5” ….for length, the longer the strip is, the FULLER your rose will be. I like about 25-30”.

Below I am showing how to fold the fabric: fold over the end about 1/2 inch and then hot dog fold it in half.

Before you go any Further you want your tape ready. Now, you can buy smaller duct tape… But the large duct tape will work just as easily if you cut it in half. Make pieces about 1 1/2”-2” long and your last piece should be about 3”.

Insert the dowel and tape to secure.

To create the flower, you’ll pleat the Fabric three times, and then secure with tape. Rotate the dowel, and repeat this process until you reach one inch away from the end of your strip of fabric.

Here you’ll want to fold the end in so it looks clean, and the end won’t fray.

Almost there!!!! Now take your last longer piece of tape and finish it off by wrapping it tightly around the dowel.

YOU DID IT!

If you’re more of a “moving picture” kind of crafter….I attempted a video of this process below 🌸 🎥

Practice! practice! PRACTICE! Soon you’ll have a vase full!

Now, once you’ve mastered that idea….you can make this second daisy-like flower in the same manner…..the only difference is you’ll have two colored fabrics, and wrap them either tighter or looser.

The center will look best cut about 2- 2 1/2” wide and 10”-12” long. You’ll do exactly as above for the first 3 pleats, but then you’ll just wrap the remainder tight in the circle and secure with tape. It will look like a BUD.

The second fabric should be 3- 3 1/2” in width and 15”-18” in length….and you’ll perform the same pleating/taping as above with the rose…..juuusst a little looser.

And there you HAVE IT!

TWO FLOWERS, one method!

Please share pics of you make some of your own!

AND HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!