How to Ombré Dye a Shirt (Single Color)


People call it different things – dip dye, ombre, gradient – whatever you call it, this video tutorial shows how to make it!

This project uses one color of dye and fades into the color of the shirt. It takes a little time, but is actually really easy to create!


Difficulty: Easy

Time needed: ~1 hour


  • Shirt
  • Hanger
  • Bucket or other container
  • Spoon
  • Dye (I used this dye in Navy blue)


  1. Can I do this with other things besides shirts?

Yes! It should work with other items, but be aware that the material they are made out of may affect how the dye will look. 100% cotton typically takes dye best.

2. What temperature should the dye be?

It depends on the dye you use, but it is usually best to use hot water in the bucket of dye. You’ll definitely want to use hot water for the rinse – hot water will set the dye.

3. Where should I put the shirt while it sits for 24 hours?

It works great to leave it on the hanger and hang it up outside for the 24 hours. If you can’t do that, hang it over a bath tub or sink where drips of dye won’t stain anything.


This is a messy project, and it’s best to do it outside, like I did, if you can.

If I didn’t answer your question, feel free to comment it below 🙂


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Paper Easter Basket Tutorial

This is a video tutorial to create an easter basket out of paper!

This has been my most popular project to date (over 1,000,000 YouTube views – can’t believe it!) so I decided to create a blog post with some of the most asked questions.


  1. What kind of glue should I use?

I used hot glue in this video because it is what I personally prefer for this project. It holds very fast and strong, which makes putting the together the basket easy. If you don’t have hot glue, that is just fine. A glue stick would probably be the next best choice, but don’t be afraid to try whatever you have on hand 🙂

2. What kind of paper is best for this?

Thicker/heavier weight paper such as card stock or construction paper is ideal. It will hold the shape better when you’re putting it together and will be stronger for what you put in the basket. That said, you can any kind of paper or even newspaper. It should still work, it just might not be as easy to work with.

3. My paper isn’t long enough?

That’s ok! Cut it into the one inch strips, and just glue two pieces together to make one long piece. Art supply/craft stores should have some paper that is long enough for this, also.

4. What are the measurements you used in centimeters (instead of inches)?

Here is a conversion of the measurements this video:

1 inch = 2.54 cm

14 inches = 35.56 cm

18 inches = 45.72 cm

4 inches = 10.16 cm

You can also google “in to cm” and it will bring up a conversion tool.

5. How long does this take to make?

It can vary, but for most it probably takes 45 minutes to an hour.

6. How big is the finished basket?

It is about 4 x 4 x 4 inches – it is square.
If I didn’t answer your question, feel free to comment below 🙂


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DIY World’s Best Dad Holographic T-Shirt

This week we’re creating this “World’s Best Dad” holographic shirt for Father’s Day!

Here are the .PNG files for cutting machines. You’ll just need to download them and open them up in your machine’s software.

Here are the patterns to use if you’re going to do the hand cut/freezer paper method:


Hand cut – world’s best dad

hand cut – world’s best grandpa


This post originally appeared on my old blog, pugdemonium.

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DIY Light-up American Flag

This video tutorial shows how to create a lighted american flag using christmas lights!

I used incandescent lights, or mini lights, for this project. Here are the links to the ones I used, if you’re interested:

Blue Lights

Red Lights

White Lights


Difficulty: Intermediate

Time needed: >1 hour


  • light sets (above)
  • plastic board (such as an old campaign sign)
  • screwdriver or something else to make holes in the board
  • electrical tape


If you have leftover lights, just tape them or tie them to the back of the board.

**Disclaimer: Due to the nature of this project, I would recommend only placing this decoration outdoors. Don’t leave it unattended (when it’s plugged in) for long periods of time – always keep an eye on it, and unplug it if no one will be home. If you can, use led lights, as they get less hot. **


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Ribbon American Flag Tutorial

This video tutorial shows how to create an American flag out of ribbon. This looks great on a door in place of a wreath!

You could definitely make other flags using this method, or just hang pretty colors of ribbon. There’s a lot of ways to change it up!


Difficulty: Easy

Time needed: >30 minutes


  • a twig or thin wooden rod
  • twine or string
  • blue ribbon
  • red ribbon
  • white ribbon
  • hot glue

I purchased all my colors of ribbon at Hobby Lobby.

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“Sweet Land of Liberty” America Shirt Tutorial

The 4th of July is almost here! Here is a diy patriotic shirt that would be perfect for the occasion. This design was created by hand in Adobe Illustrator.


If you don’t have a cutting machine such as a Cricut or Silhouette, you can still make this! Towards the end of the video I go over a method for hand cutting this design using an Xacto knife. I’m sure a google search would also turn up other resources out there about this subject.


Here for the .PNG files:

Here is the file for hand cutting: Sweet Land Hand cut File


Difficulty: Easy



I will post the .SVG file here for purchase as soon as it is posted. You definitely don’t need to buy it – but sometimes it is nice to have other files types and they are a bit more work to make.


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How to Make an Envelope (for any size card!)

A new video went up today!
Today, I’m showing you a method for making an envelope for any size of card.
Difficulty: Intermediate 
  • paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • ruler
  • pencil




-If your card is not a rectangle or square (it has one or more rounded or irregular sides, etc.) instead of tracing the card, draw a rectangle or square that the card will easily fit in.
Then, just follow the instructions in the video.
-If the paper is not big enough, even after you’ve turned the card diagonally, you could tape or glue two pieces of paper together, then just follow the video.
This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.
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Simple Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial


New video! Shows how to create a gingerbread house out of paper!

Real gingerbread houses can be a bit messy and hard to make. Paper greatly simplifies the process – and if safely stored, you can use the house year after year!


After the video was uploaded, I realized the clip showing how to put the house together accidentally got deleted. To put together the house, fold back all the tabs, put glue on them, and glue the pieces together. If you have any questions, please comment below 🙂


Difficulty: Intermediate

Click here to view & print the patterns:

Gingerbread House Pattern 1

Pattern 2

Pattern 3

On pattern 2, don’t cut out the whole window, leave some space around those inner lines 🙂


Have a cutting machine? There is an SVG file of a house now available for purchase here! It isn’t the same style of house shown in this tutorial, but it will still work for this project.


This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.


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Pop-Up Butterfly Card


This week’s project is this pop-up butterfly card you can make for your mom or grandma for Mother’s Day!

Using the patterns, you’ll need to cut:

  • 2 wings
  • 5 flowers
  • 5 stars
  • 1 tag
  • 1 oval
  • 6 circles – just ignore that smaller circle, and the use the bigger one for all of them.


Difficulty: Intermediate

Click here to view & print the patterns:

Butterfly Pop-up Patterns


I found that hot glue worked best for glueing the wings, body, and antennas of the butterfly. For everything else, I used white glue. All paper used in this video is from JoAnn craft store.


This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.


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