07/31 DIY Roundups

10 DIY Shibori Indigo Dye Projects

10 DIY Shibori Indigo Dye Projects
Tie dying is usually a big summer trend, but shibori dying in particular made its way into the spotlight this summer.  I’ve never considered myself a big fan of tie dying in general, but the gorgeous indigo hues largely used in shibori dying was all it took to change my mind.

Shibori is a Japanese style of dying that involves different techniques of twisting, folding, binding, or stitching fabric that result in infinitely varying patterns.  While I haven’t tried it myself yet, I can imagine there’s an addictive excitement of not knowing how the pattern will turn out until the grand unfolding of the fabric at the very end.  From what I’ve seen, it can be pretty simple to make some seemingly complicated designs and patterns.

I’ve gathered 10 shibori indigo dye projects to share with you guys and get you inspired to try it out yourself!  Some of these are DIY projects while others focus more on showing the different techniques.  Either way, there’s lots of inspiration to be found at these links!

1 | Picnic Blanket from Say Yes
2 | Itajime Shibori: Pleated Effect from Common Thread
3 | Scarf from Alice and Lois
4 | Placemat from Lovely Indeed
5 | Reverse shibori dye from Fall For DIY
6 | Stitched bandana from Likes to Smile
7 | Binding and clamping variations from HonestlyWTF
8 | Kitchen towel from Lovely Indeed
9 | Scarves from Martha Stewart
10 | Tea towels from Francois et Moi

What do you think of Shibori dying?  Have you tried it before?  If you have a Shibori project or know of one I didn’t mention, link it in the comments below.  I’d love to see it!

07/28 DIY Projects

DIY Colorful Brush Strokes Scarf

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Guys, how CUTE is this scarf???  I wish I made it, but I didn’t- my friend Stephanie at Make and Tell did!  She’s guest posting here for me today, and looking at this scarf, you can probably guess why I asked her to- because she’s amazing.

Stephanie has only been blogging since April and I’m already a big fan of hers.  I love everything she makes and I know you guys will too.  Make sure to stick through till the end of this post for links to her social media and blog!

Here’s Stephanie:


You know, I never used to be a scarf kind of girl. I’m the sort of person who likes to keep things as low maintenance as possible (i.e. I’m lazy!), and having an extra item of clothing to think about was often too much effort for my brain to cope with in the early hours of the morning.

But one day, I finally woke up and realised that scarves are pretty. They can be gorgeous statement pieces and can inject a nice dose of colour and pattern to an otherwise blah outfit. So slowly slowly (because sadly, I’m not made of money), I’ve started growing my scarf collection. And since I love to DIY, I thought why not try and decorate one of my own?

The inspiration for this project came from the beautiful brush stroke patterns I’ve been seeing around the interwebs lately. And it’s a super easy pattern to DIY, so if you’d like to try it out, grab your paintbrush and follow along!

Materials

  • White/blank light cotton scarf
  • Fabric paint (in any colour you like – the more colours the better!)
  • A wide, flat paintbrush
  • An iron (if your paint requires heat setting)

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Step 1

Give your scarf a good wash (without fabric softener) and iron it before you start painting. Usually, I’m too impatient to bother with that kind of prep, but it’s important for this project as it’ll get rid of excess chemicals in your cloth and will help your paint to stick properly.

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Step 2

Place sheets of plastic underneath your scarf to protect your work surface from any paint that might seep through. Then get painting! Using a wide, flat paintbrush start brushing short strokes of paint over the length of the scarf, all going in the same direction. Try not to overload your brush with paint, otherwise you’ll end up with spots and blobs rather than the brush strokes we’re after.

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Each person paints differently, so feel free to experiment while painting to find a method that suits you best. I went with painting each colour separately, starting with the darker colours first and then overlapping those with my lighter/brighter colours. This meant that the brighter colours would be on top and more obvious. It also meant I could do all of one colour before washing my brush and starting on the next (because I only have one brush in this size!).

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Step 3

Leave your scarf lying nice and flat to dry (this may take up to 24 hours) and if your paint requires it, iron your scarf on the reverse side to heat set your pattern. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions when you do this to ensure your paint is set properly.

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There you go, now you have a new scarf to add to your collection! And that’s not all, there are lots of ways you could vary this project to make scarves with a completely different look using the same paint – for example, you could try dragging the brush strokes all the way across the width of the scarf to create uneven stripes (like this beauty by Kate Spade) or you could wet your scarf first to make the paint bleed for more of a watercolour look. The sky’s the limit!

xx Steph

Stephanie at Make and Tell
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07/21 DIY Projects

DIY Rotating Utensil Caddy

DIY Rotating Utensil CaddyI get a lot of inspiration from window shopping for home decor and accessories.  During this activity, I very often find myself saying hey I could make that, and then another voice in my head says “You should.”  Then it becomes the thrill of the challenge.  Sometimes it isn’t only about the thriftiest and easiest way to make something.  Sometimes it’s about seeing if I can do it myself, and with that comes the addictive power to make my own customizations, which can make all that extra work worth it.

That’s what happened with this utensil caddy.  I was looking at one at Target and was mentally picking apart all the things I wanted to change about it- I wish the wood was darker, I wish the compartments weren’t mesh, I wish there was some metal or shine, I wish it could rotate.  Instead of trying to look for one that fit all my criteria, I accepted the challenge to make it myself!

Materials:
-6 in. wood circle
-drill
-wood stain
-staining brush
-3/4″ wood dowel, 7″ long
E6000
ball bearing lazy susan
-3 in. wood square
decorative knob

Wood staining

I got the wood circle from JoAnn’s, and it’s supposed to be for crafting a clock.  I thought it would be helpful that it already had a hole in the middle, but I’ll show you in just a bit what happened with that.  First, I stained the wood and the dowel and let them dry.

Attaching wood dowel

So I thought I could just stick the dowel in the hole, but turns out the dowel, which was 3/4″ in diameter, was bigger than the hole, something that I absolutely could have figured out in advance and don’t know why I didn’t.  I should know better!  Since I had stained everything already and didn’t want to repurchase correctly sized materials, I went to plan B and used my drill to make the hole big enough for the dowel.  I drilled the hole through the top, about half way down into the wood circle, stuck in the dowel, then from the under side I poured in some E6000 into the hole to secure the dowel in place.

Ball bearing lazy susanNext, I glued on the lazy susan to the bottom of the wood, then glued a 3in square piece of wood to the bottom part of the lazy susan to provide an even base for the caddy.  There are holes for drilling in screws, but if I have a choice between drilling and gluing, I always go with gluing if the connecting surfaces aren’t going to endure opposing forces, which in this case there would be none.    Plus, E6000 has amazing holding power.  Gluing is just easier too, right?

Gluing on cupsI found these aluminum cups on clearance at JoAnn’s (I go there a lot, guys.  There’s one very close to me that opened up this year and it has saved me so much time!) and simply glued them onto the wood, making sure they set so that all the rims of the cups were touching each other and the dowel.

Gluing on knobDoes the knob look familiar at all?  It’s the same one I used for my mirror jewelry wall hangers and I looooove it.  The lucite, the copper details, the hexagon shape, love, and I knew it would look perfect on this caddy.  All I did was, yup, glue it to the top of the dowel.

DIY Rotating Utensil Caddy

DIY Rotating Utensil Caddy

DIY Rotating Utensil Caddy

I really, really love it guys, but I’m going to be honest- this one took some time, mostly from trying to find the right materials and also compensating for my mistake with the hole in the wood.  I would rate the difficulty as moderate, though overall still pretty simple because of all the gluing, but if you’re someone that knows exactly what you want, then I wholeheartedly believe you should go for it, whatever your criteria or customizations might be!

07/17 Inspiring Spaces

Hanging Chairs

Hanging Chairs

This is one of those things where I don’t realistically see myself getting one, at least anytime soon, but I still freaking love them.  I remember first becoming obsessed with hanging chairs after seeing Emily Henderson use them in her designed spaces, and like with all things she touches, I must have it.

Besides hanging chairs being so unique and fun, I love how they’re shaped to enclose you in, like a cocoon.  I find that so comforting and cozy, and I can easily imagine kicking back in one with a drink and relaxing the summer nights away.  Wouldn’t you want to do that in any of these?

Hanging chair in SF apartment

Hanging chair in mid century ranch

Hanging chair in bedroom

hanging chair in the living room

hanging chair Scandinavian style

Hanging chair with a view

outdoor hanging chair

Rattan hanging chair

Hanging chair in an LA bungalow

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Hanging chair, Kelley Howley

So what do you think of hanging chairs?  Which of these is your favorite?

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11

07/14 DIY Projects

DIY Fringe Photo Garland

DIY Fringe Photo Garland

Guys, I always have fun creating DIY’s for PBteen, but this one is definitely the most fun one I’ve done!  The idea was to create a photo garland for displaying summer memories, something that would be perfect for the soon to be back-to-school season.

Besides that, I think this is such a cute way to display any photos, and the fringe definitely screams summer.  It’s also super duper easy to make and I promise anyone can do it.  See the full step by step tutorial here at the Pottery Barn Teen blog!

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Hey, you made it this far and kept reading!  Cool!  A little back story- part of why this was such a fun post to do was because I had to shoot photos for the project.  My boyfriend and I made a day out of it and drove around LA snapping polaroids at some of our favorite locations.  Collectively, these photos actually have become a great summer memory of mine :).

DIY Fringe Photo GarlandShout-out to my friend Hanh for letting me borrow his polaroid camera!

If you’re still here and don’t want to scroll back up for the link to the tutorial, here it is again:  see the tutorial at the Pottery Barn Teen blog!

07/10 DIY Projects

DIY Tassel Tea Towel

Tassel Tea TowelMaybe the summer season has something to do with it, but I’ve been quite the tassel fanatic recently.  I’m consistently drawn to these adorable embellishments wherever I go and am certain they have the power to make most everything cuter.

It was at Anthropologie where I was admiring a tea towel that had mini tassels along the edge, and like with a lot of things there, I put it back down when I saw the price.

Tea Towel

My eyes wandered over to this tea towel that was on sale for a third of the price, without any tassels, and to me the trade-off was worth it.  I would tassel-ify it myself.

Embroidery Floss

In case you aren’t familiar with embroidery floss, let me assure you- it’s very affordable, and at JoAnn’s the color selection is diverse, meaning I spent an hour standing there contemplating the options.  Thankfully, I’m still happy with my choice to go with this beautiful royal blue color.

How to make a tasselI cut out a small piece of cardboard and wrapped the floss around it about 30 times.  After cutting the floss down one edge of the cardboard, I laid down the folded strands on top of a piece of floss that I used to tie the head of the tassel.  Once double-knotted, I cut off any excess, scraggly ends.

Sewing on tasselWith a threaded embroidery needle, I passed it through the head of the tassel then double-knotted it at the top.  I added a dab of super glue to the knot for what I like to call insurance.  Then, I sewed the tassel on to the edge of the towel, double-knotting and supergluing the knot like I did previously.

Tassels sewed to a tea towel

I repeated this all along the edge of the towel while watching Jimmy Fallon (doesn’t he seem like the nicest guy ever?)

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With the towel folded up, we have now entered tassel city.

DIY Tassel Tea Towel

This is definitely a decorative towel that I won’t be mopping up any big spills with, and it’s the first of its kind that I own, a nice departure from the rags we have hanging around the kitchen.  Funny how it took tassels to push me to get one!  Anyone else as smitten about tassels as I am??

DIY Tassel Tea Towel

Nested wood tray set gifted by Red Envelope