DIY Shibori Tie Dye Technique Tutorial

Hi everyone! In this video you’ll learn a fun and beautiful way to dye clothes, which is very popular lately: Shibori! It’s also a great project for Summer ๐Ÿ™‚

If you haven’t heard of it before, Shibori is a Japanese fabric dyeing technique in which fabric is folded, twisted, pressed and more – which resists the dye and creates amazing patterns on the fabric! There are many different kinds, and in this video, we’ll cover a few of the diy Shibori techniques that can be used.

Don’t be intimidated to try this out – I’m new to this technique as well, and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results you get!ย Traditional Shibori involves dyeing the fabric with Indigo, but to make things easier, I used this denim blue dye from Dylon. If you’re new to this, I would recommend using something other than Indigo as well – it can be more tricky to work with.

Materials:

  • Fabric or clothes to dye – SUPER IMPORTANT: unless you’re using a dye made for synthetics, use clothes that have a significant percentage of cotton – 100% is best, but lower percentages should still work. I used a variety of different fabric percentages in this video. You can tell what was 100% cotton because it came out darker and more vibrant.
  • Fabric Dye – I used this one to try for a color similar to the traditional indigo blue.
  • Things to bind and fold the fabric – rubber bands, clothespins, a PVC pipe, twine, popsicle sticks, clips, pebbles, wood blocks, etc. depending on the design you want to create.
  • Bucket to dye the items in
  • Rubber Gloves – your hands will become colorful otherwise ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Tableclothย – as with most fabric dyeing, this is messy and you’ll want to cover your workspace – if you can work outside that’s even better!

 

Here are each of the items from the video and how they turned out!

Trying out Shibori was really fun and I was pleasantly surprised with how everything turned out! If I could change one thing, I would have made the dye more concentrated to get a darker color.

If you try this out I’d love to hear how it went, and if you have any questions feel free to comment below ๐Ÿ™‚

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Crepe Paper Succulent Tutorial

In this week’s video tutorial, we’re making a succulent out of crepe paper!

 

 

This succulent really isn’t hard to make! It makes the perfect decoration for a tabletop or desk, and with the popularity of succulents, it is a great gift idea! No water or green thumb needed ๐Ÿ™‚

Time needed: ~45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

  • Crepe paper – the kind I use (and recommend) is here
  • A small flowerpot or other container to put the succulent in, I used a paper mache one from Hobby Lobby
  • small pebbles or other filler for the flowerpot, I got mine at Dollar Tree
  • 18 gauge floral wire
  • scissors
  • wire cutters

 

Let me know if you have any questions!

 

 

 

 

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DIY Scratchboard Art Tutorial

In this week’s video tutorial, we’re creating diy scratchboards!

 

Scratchboards are painted black, and then the artist can scratch their design into the board, which removes the paint to reveal the color underneath! These are really fun and easy to make, for both kids and adults. I have great memories from getting to make these in Elementary school! This is a bit messy, and would be a good outdoor project.

Difficulty: Easy

Time needed: ~1-2 hours (including drying time, and time for scratching your design)

Materials:

Tips:

  • Use at least two coats and this works better if the coats are thick
  • use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time between coats
  • let the first coat completely dry before adding the second
  • use thick layers of crayon

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Polymer Clay Snow Cone Tutorial

In this video tutorial, create a mini snow cone charm out of polymer clay!

 
These are sooo cute! Nothing says Summer like a snow cone, and now you can make a miniature one that will never melt! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Time needed: ~30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

 

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Kumihimo Flower Bracelet Tutorial

In this video tutorial, create a kumihimo bracelet with a flower pattern, using a DIY kumihimo disk!

 
This takes a little time to make, but once you’ve got the steps down, you’ll become much faster at it!

Materials:

  • cardboard (the thin kind from a cereal box works best)
  • circular object to trace
  • pencil
  • embroidery floss
  • scissors
  • ruler

 

*Note: If you’re making a medium sized or larger bracelet, you’ll probably need more than 20″ of embroidery floss – it’s always better to have a little extra than not enough.

Let me know if you have any questions ๐Ÿ™‚

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How To Ice Dye Fabric – Tie Dye Techniques

Ice Dyed Shirt

In this week’s tutorial, you’ll learn how to ice dye!

Ice dye is one of the easiest tie dye techniques I’ve ever done – the ice does most of the work for you! I can’t think of too many projects better than this for a sunny, summer day ๐Ÿ™‚ It doesn’t take long to do and the results are beautiful!

I’ve had a few questions about what the back of the shirt looks like and the answer is the front and back of the shirt come out looking almost identical – there is no need to dye both sides.

Time needed: ~20 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Materials List:

  • Powder fabric dye (it’s often best to use colors that are next to each other, or analogous on the color wheel, so things won’t get muddy) I usedย Tulip brand dye.
  • Container large enough to fit the items you’re dyeing
  • Screen or cookie cooling rack
  • Rubber gloves
  • Mask
  • Ice cubes
  • Shirts or other items to dye (the higher the cotton percentage, the better – polyester won’t take the dye) I used this tee

*Any items such as the container you use, or cookie cooling racks, should not be used for food again after doing this. I recommend buying some inexpensive ones from the dollar store or Walmart just for dyeing with.

Tips:

  • Do this outside, or where it won’t matter if things get messy
  • The more ice you use, the more effects you’ll get
  • Be generous with the amount of dye you use
  • Use analogous colors together such as red, orange, and yellow or pink, purple, and blue
  • Wear a mask to prevent breathing any dye
  • I let my dyed items sit overnight with the dye still on them, just to make sure the dye would take full effect. If you have time, I recommend doing this – but this way, the powder will dry and be harder to wash off.
  • Before wearing, wash items in the washer without other items they could stain

Good luck, and if you have questions, feel free to comment below!

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Crepe Paper Iris Flower Tutorial

Hi, everyone!

This video tutorial shows how to create Bearded Irises out of crepe paper!

 

These take a little time to make, but aren’t too difficult. If you are concerned about the wires on the back of the top petals being too visible, you can try using other colors of wire, such as silver, or try painting them with acrylic paint.

 

Time needed: ~45 minutes (they take less time once you’ve made a few)

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials:

Let me know if you have any questions ๐Ÿ™‚

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Crepe Paper Flower Crown

Hi, everyone!

This video tutorial shows how to create a simple diy flower crown! This flower crown is created using small roses, aster flowers, and leaves all made out of crepe paper!

This isn’t a super quick project, but it isn’t difficult and the results are worth it. I just love how it turned out!

Time needed: ~2-3 hours

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials:

 

If you have any questions, feel free to comment ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fairy Garden & House Tutorial

This week’s video tutorial shows how to create this cute fairy garden and miniature house made out of twigs!

 
Time Needed: ~1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Materials I used:

  • twigs gathered from outside
  • hot glue -black spanish moss
  • flower planter
  • dirt or sand
  • green floral decorations
  • reindeer moss
  • popsicle sticks
  • blue glass pebbles
  • small pebbles

In the video, I go over how the steps I took to create the little house out of twigs. Feel free to buy a house instead, but I think it adds charm to your garden to make it yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

This project only cost $5.00 to make! I used an old flower planter and glue gun that I already had, and purchased the floral decorations, reindeer moss, popsicle sticks, glass pebbles, and small pebbles all from Dollar Tree. There are lots of different ways you could do this, and many craft stores sell cute little accessories for fairy gardens. This was really fun to make and great for kids and adults alike!

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Crepe Paper Hibiscus Flower Tutorial

In this video, we’re creating a hibiscus out of crepe paper!

There are few flowers more summer-y than a hibiscus! Now is the perfect time to make one. As paper flowers go, they are pretty simple and quick to make!

 

Time needed: ~45 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

  • Crepe paper
  • 16 gauge floral wire
  • regular paper
  • pencil
  • hot glue gun
  • Tombow brush marker (815)
  • yellow acrylic paint
  • white acrylic paint
  • dark pink acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • scissors

 

Let me know if you have any questions!

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