Saturday, April 14, 2012

DIY Painted Striped Shirt

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Long time no blog.  Yeah yeah, sorry sorry. Yesterday marked 6 months until the wedding and lately, that's all I've had on my mind. I've also been way less focused on school, which will probably take its toll during my GI final this coming Friday. I will be SO GLAD when this module is over. Needless to say, I haven't enjoyed it as much as the previous two. It's just....too much stuff. However, my two patient interactions this module were awesome. And probably the only reason I haven't completely burnt out yet. It's so amazing to me how every person has a different story to tell. Granted, a medical history isn't necessarily the most happiest of stories, but it's still really cool to hear each one. 

But enough of the sentimental blogging. 
I've been working on quite a few projects for the wedding (and the blog) but I either haven't completely finished one to show it to you, or its a gift that I can't show you until the wedding is over. So, today's post is a random spur of the moment project I saw pop up in the craft blog world and I wanted to take my own shot at it. As you've already learned from the title, it's a painted striped T-shirt. 

I thought this was the coolest idea. I wish I could share the original idea with you, but I just saw it one day scrolling through Pinterest. So, instead I'll just give you my own tutorial.

Plain white T-shirt
Fabric paint*
Foam paintbrush
Masking tape
*I used acrylic paint mixed with a textile medium to make it fabric paint

How To:

 Use your masking tape to make stripes down the shirt. I used a ruler to make sure they were the same width all the way across. I also put a strip of masking tape vertically on each side. (But I didn't get a picture of this). I did this because I only wanted my stripes only go across the front. 
Before you begin painting, make sure to put some scrap paper inside of the shirt so the paint doesn't end up bleeding through to the other side.  Then, dab on your paint with the foam brush until each stripe is covered. I decided to alternate my colors.

 Let the paint dry and slowly peel off each piece of tape. 
And now you have a new piece of clothing in your wardrobe. :)
 Or at least a new, cute, pajama shirt?

It needs a necklace. Or another stripe. 
I promise it's not a crooked as it looks. ;)

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tulle Pom-Poms

Can you believe I already have another project for you? I have had nothing but wedding on my mind and felt the urge to knock out a lot of stuff lately. Today, I want to show you how to make tulle pom-poms, my way.

I wish they didn't look so much like loofahs. Eh. Oh well.

I had searched different ways to do this, but none of the techniques I found resulted in a "full" pom-pom. So, I tried a mixture of techniques.

What you need:

Bolts of tulle 
2" Styrofoam balls
Straight pins (ignore the wire, it didn't work)


1. Cut rectangles of tulle (mine were probably about 7-8" long) and fold accordion style (like a fan).  2. Stick a straight pin through the middle of your folded rectangle. 

3. Fold both sides upward and stick the pin into the Styrofoam ball. 
4. Repeat many times.
5. Cut a piece of ribbon (for hanging) and pin it into the middle of the ball. (You may want to add some hot glue too, just to give it extra strength.)


And you're done. Now you have a nice loofah-like decorative pom-pom. Hooray!

Unfortunately, I'm going to have to recruit some unlucky individuals to help me make about 20 more of these. AKA - my mom and sister. :) 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Photo Booth Props #1

I know I know. I'm pretty much the worst blogger ever.
Also, these past two weeks have been absolutely non-eventful.
I had my first GI test this past Friday. And it was killer. But I won't bore you with school stuff.  Since I had this weekend off, I spent it doing all things wedding and family. Today I just wanted to share one of my wedding projects I completed this weekend.

My plan is to have a photo booth at the wedding so I've started making/collecting random props. I saw these on someone's Pinterest and thought they were the cutest things.

And then, I decided I could make my own.

Mine aren't quite as cute. But that's okay.

Two foam fingers
X-acto knife/Self-healing pad
White fabric paint
Foam brush
Freezer paper
An iron
I used the exact same technique for these as I did for my Muggle shirt.
And this is how they turned out :)
And this is what happens when my crazy sister takes interest in my crafts.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!


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