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DIY Ice Dye
It's time to ice dye! It's basically cool tie dying. This process is much easier than regular tie dying and it looks so much cooler! This DIY tutorial comes from the creative people at Yen. Materials For this DIY project, you will need: -- Whatever you want to dye (a t-shirt, a pillow, a bag, etc.) -- Washing soda, also called soda ash (you should be able to find this at a craft store) -- Rubber gloves (wear for the entire time you are doing this project) -- Ice -- Dye powder (you can find this at a craft store) -- Large plastic tub -- Cooling rack Soak the garment in washing soda Prepare a mixture of washing soda. Use 1 cup of washing ash and 1 gallon of water. Soak the garment in the washing soda mixture for about 15 minutes. Remove the garment from the washing soda mixture and wring out any excess liquid. Scrunch up the garment and place on a cooling rack in the large plastic tub (as shown in the picture). Cover the garment with ice and add dye Cover the garment completely with ice cube. Then, take the dye powder and sprinkle it over the ice and the garment. The more dye you use, the more intense the colors on your garment will be. Let the ice completely melt and let the garment dry for 24 hours. Then, wash the garment by itself by rinse all of the dye and then throwing it in the washing machine. If you need some more instructions, check out this video that shows the entire process. How cool does this look?! For more DIY projects for fashion, check out the "DIY fashion" collection. For more DIY projects for your home or apartment, check out the "DIY home" collection.
DIY paper flowers
Have any old books lying around that you don't want anymore but don't know what to do with them? Well, look no further! This tutorial is great for upcycling pages of your old books. This DIY project comes from 100 Layer Cake. Materials For this project, you will need some pages from a book, cream or white ribbon, wire, hot-glue gun, hot-glue sticks (low temp), scissors and wire cutters. You can find all of these materials (except for the book pages) at a craft store. Cut the pages Cut the book pages into petal shapes. You want to make five different sizes, starting from small to big. Once you have cut five pieces of each size, roll the ends inward, as the picture shows. Make the flowers Take one of the smallest pieces of book pages and roll it into a tube. Dab a bit of hot glue on the end of the tube and stick the wire through the hole. Let the glue dry. Then, use the hot-glue gun to attache the petals in order of ascending size, as shown in the pictures. Once you have made the flower to the desired size, take a small piece of ribbon and glue it to the bottom of the flower (wrapped around the wire) to give your flower a finished look. Repeat these steps to make more paper flowers. Add color If you want to make your paper flowers pop a little bit more, take a colored permanent marker and run the tip around the edges of the petals to add some color. What a great craft for transforming your old books! For more DIY crafts for your home or apartment, check out the "DIY home" collection!
Transform Your Rental: Temporary Wallpaper!
If you're looking for a sure-fire way to change your space, look no further than temporary wall paper. Though wall paper in general gets a bad rap for being tacky and outdated, these new prints and ideas will have you wanting to purchase your own. It's cheap, easy and can help you transform your space! Now let's get to decorating! Temporary wall paper can serve as an accent to nearly any room. This word-laden wall is a great focal point for a bed or living room. I'm totally looking into this for my new apartment. Words are my thing, and it would be awesome to infuse my space with them! It's also a great way to show your personality without a lot of attachment. It'll give you an easy way to pop some color into an otherwise dull and boring space. We all have that one room we hate.It's un-decorated or just a complete mess. There's nothing unifying it. Temporary wall paper can help alleviate that pain. Check out this adorable striped pattern, perfect for any room lacking in vibrancy. You can also use temporary wall paper to make-over the most boring part of your kitchen: the refrigerator. You can put this stuff on nearly anything because...duh. It's removable and totally temporary. Most brands are also water soluble. So if you're renting, or in a temporary home you'll be able to keep things personal and then remove it when you leave. If you don't want to apply it directly to the wall, you can make panels and attach them to the wall with tacs, nails or hooks. They're pretty simple. All you need to do is cut out two long strips of wall paper and leave the backing on. Attach a hollow rod with a string and fold over a little piece of the pannel, attaching the wall-paper glue adhesive to itself. Hang and done! You've got a new accent for like...nothing! You can buy seriously cute temporary wall paper from the sites below. Tempaper Design Your Wall Casartcoverings Sherwin Williams Would you do this to your home?