Hi everyone! In this video tutorial, I’m back with another fabric dyeing project, and its perfect for summer! A few years back I made my How to Ombré Dye a Shirt (Single Color) tutorial. Because its been one of my most popular tutorials on my channel (and I absolutely love anything ombre) I decided to make another ombre dye video, but this time we’re using a different technique and TWO colors!
Rather than dip dyeing the shirt, we’ll be using a paintbrush to create the ombre effect. I think this method is a bit easier and quicker than my dip dye one (although both methods have their pros and cons). This tutorial is specifically for creating an effect where two colors blend into each other. This paintbrush method also results in lighter, much more subtle/pastel colors.
You’ll want to choose two colors that are fairly close together on the color wheel – if they are opposite colors (such as red and green, or orange and blue, or yellow and purple) they will likely create a brown, muddy color where they blend together. I’m using aqua blue and tulip pink – this combination will create purple in the middle.
This is a project you’ll want to do outside, which is why it’s so great for Summer!
- 2 colors of fabric dye, I’m using this aqua one and this pink one
- Clothes or items that have a significant percentage of cotton – 100% is best, but lower amounts should still work. If you use synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, the dye won’t take well at all. My shirt is from Kohl’s – it is called the crochet pocket shirt.
- 2 containers, one to hold each color of dye. I also highly recommend having a container of water on hand. Make sure these won’t be used for food after doing this.
- Paintbrush – a 3″ one designed for painting walls works well. I got mine from Dollar Tree.
- Paper towels
- Something like a cheap, plastic tablecloth to cover and protect your workspace
- Plastic spoon or other to stir the dye with
Let me know if you have questions 🙂
Hi everyone! In this video tutorial, we’re going to talk about 5 fun ideas for rock painting! Rock painting such a great summertime activity, and I wanted to bring you these ideas while we’re still in the middle of Summer 🙂
If you are looking for rock painting ideas for beginners, you can make these easier by leaving out the shading – just paint a single color for the different areas and don’t worry about making it look more three dimensional. If you have painted rocks before, feel free to try the shading technique out!
Here are the ideas mentioned in the video:
- Flip flops or shoes
- Creating the illusion of butterflies or bugs sitting on the rock
For best results, you’ll want to wash the rocks and let them dry before painting them.
- Acrylic paint in whatever colors you’d like to use
- Paint brushes of a variety of sizes, to paint small details and cover larger areas
- Paper towels to remove excess paint and water from the brush
- Glaze or sealant to protect your design if the rock is going to be outside
What is your favorite thing to paint on rocks? My favorites were the food & fruit ones, I think it’s fun to try to make them look like real food!
For more ideas, check out my rock painting Pinterest board
Let me know if you have any questions 🙂
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 🙂
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! 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.
- 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 🙂
- Tablecloth – 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 🙂
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 🙂
Time needed: ~45 minutes
- 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
- wire cutters
Let me know if you have any questions!
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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.
Time needed: ~1-2 hours (including drying time, and time for scratching your design)
- 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
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! 🙂
Time needed: ~30 minutes
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!
- cardboard (the thin kind from a cereal box works best)
- circular object to trace
- embroidery floss
*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 🙂
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 🙂 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
- 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 used Tulip brand dye.
- Container large enough to fit the items you’re dyeing
- Screen or cookie cooling rack
- Rubber gloves
- 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.
- 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!
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)
Let me know if you have any questions 🙂
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
If you have any questions, feel free to comment 🙂