DIY Dyed Pantyhose

DIY dyed red stockings

Did you know that you can dye your pantyhose any color you want? I heard that the other day and thought how hard can it be? Honestly, it’s cake.

I thought you ladies could really use this tutorial for your Halloween costumes. Want to be a devil? Then you’re going to need some red pantyhose. A witch? You might want some green or purple ones. Why bother spending $30 on them at the Halloween or Party stores when you can dye the ones you already have?

My point exactly.

dyed panty hose materials

Things You Will Need
Pot
Strainer
Pantyhose
Water flavoring
Large plastic spoon

dying options

These are the two flavors I used to make my red pantyhose. I was shooting for more of a deep red than a bright red, so I added some grape flavoring as well.

dyed water for stockingsStep 1
Pour enough water into your pot to fill it about half way full.  Make sure the water is warm but not to the point that it will boil. So, put the burner on a medium setting.

panty hose in water

red panty hose

Step 2
When the water is warm you can drop your pantyhose into the pot.

Important note: make sure you continue to stir the pantyhose. You want the color to distribute evenly and if you stop stirring it, the color will get splotchy.

I left mine in for about 15 minutes. Choose your length of time based on the color of the fabric. Just remember that since it’s wet, it will be a little bit darker than it will be when it dries.

straining panty hose

Step 3
When you’re satisfied with the color of the pantyhose, go ahead and pour the contents of the pot into a strainer.

Don’t ask me how they turned out red when the water was blue… no idea.

rinsing dyed stockings

Step 4
Rinse your pantyhose until the water runs clear.

Then wring them out and rinse again. Make sure there is absolutely no excess color in the water.

hanging-stockingsStep 4
Go wring them out really well. Then hang them up to dry. Make sure they aren’t bunched up. You want everything to dry evenly.

DIY dyed red stockings

When they dry, you should have some awesomely colorful pantyhose! I was really considering making a few pairs of these or even trying to get some multi-colored pairs. As you can tell, I’m a big fan of how they turned out.

The greatest thing is, you don’t have to use the brands I used. If you have Kool-aid or Mio or something else sitting around, it should work on your pantyhose, as long as it colors your water.

What do you think? Want to give it a shot? What color would you choose?

#inktober Drawings: Round 2

Dancing trees ink drawing

Dancing trees

This is my 2nd round of drawings for #inktober. The first week, I was catching up on the drawings I missed in the first week of October, although, I still haven’t completely caught up yet. Each of these were inspired by things I’ve seen or thought about throughout the week.

Let me know if you think of any good subjects for me to draw. I still have about 2 weeks left before the challenge is over. The more ideas the better.

If you’re totally confused as to why I’m creating 1 ink drawing a day, you missed my #inktober post. That should clear it up.

Don’t forget to share your favorite with me!

Boating on the lake

Boating on the lake

Skull drawing

Skull

Pink butterfly for Breast Cancer Awareness

Pink butterfly for Breast Cancer Awareness

random ink doodle

Random doodles inspired by the car post from yesterday and partially by Jennifer!

Morning coffee inspiration for #inktober

I drink coffee just about every morning. I decided to draw my coffee today.

 

Girlfriend Covers Boyfriend’s Skyline In Sharpie Drawings

Sharpie doodles on car bumper

I’ve always wanted to draw on my car.

But I knew it would take FOREVER to finish it and I’m in impatient person so that never happened. So, when I saw these pictures and read the story (It’s 6 pages long, but totally worth the read), I wanted to share it with everyone I know.

This guy was looking to buy a Skyline but only wanted one in purple. He ended up settling on a silver version and intended to repaint it. In the meantime, his girlfriend, who happens to be a talented artist, started drawing over the scratches on the front bumper to cover them up. The car was going to get repainted anyway, so it didn’t really matter.

The next day, the guy comes outside and sees how incredible the drawing looked on the car and asked her to keep going.

She used over 20 markers and spent over 100 hours drawing on the car and it looks amazing. You seriously have to dig through the whole post because there are a ton of pictures and the comments are amusing as well.

Woman drawing on a car

Thanks to Jennifer for posting about this on Facebook! I never would’ve seen it if you hadn’t.

The Perfect Homemade (and Hassle-Free!) Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Make Something Mondays:

I know I rarely post recipes but this pumpkin pie looks easy and amazing!

Originally posted on The Nest Blog:

Now that you’ve mastered the apple pie, it only makes sense to move on to pumpkin, no? Get a heads up on the holiday season by making this fuss-free homemade dessert tonight:

homemade pumpkin pie recipe

Makes: One 9-inch pie

What You’ll Need:

For the Crust:

  • One 9-inch store bought crust (or follow the directions below to make the crust from scratch)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons butter, cold, unsalted (cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

For the Filling:

  • 3 large eggs (room temp)
  • One 15-ounce can of pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup half and half (or cream)
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons  flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

homemade pumpkin pie recipe

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DIY Mummy Mason Jars

DIY Mummy Mason Jars for Halloween

Since I’m doing a Halloween craft every week for Make Something Mondays, I thought I would make some mummy jars. I tried a few variations but the first one I made is still my favorite (the one in the middle). I tried an all white jar with cut out space for the eyes, one with green underneath the white for some color, and a completely white one with the eyes overtop the tissue paper.

What I’ve learned about making these is that the more obvious the paper layers are, the better. So scrunch it, rip it. twist it… whatever you need to do to show that there are layers.

materials for a DIY mummy jar

Things You Will Need:
Jars
Brush
Scissors
Mod Podge
Tissue paper
Glass-safe pen

eyes on the mason jar

Step 1
Draw some eyeballs on your jar. Something cartoon-y will look best.

strips of tissue paper

Step 2
Cut your tissue paper into strips. You don’t have to make them the same size.

I added scissors as part of the materials, but you can choose to rip the pieces if you want. It might give it a cooler effect anyway.

Making a mummy jar

Step 3
Brush a layer of Mod Podge over the area of the jar you want to put your first layer on.

Press the tissue paper onto the jar, scrunching and twisting as you go.

Then, put another layer of Mod Podge over it. Continue moving down the jar and remember to add layers.

Repeat this step until your jar is mummified!

Mummy jar

When you’re finished, you should have something that looks like this.

He’s kind of cute, you have to admit it…

DIY Mummy Mason Jars for Halloween

I kept going and made a few more mummies.

light-up mummy Mason Jars
Here’s a version with candles in them. LEDs are probably best if you choose to go that route.

If you can find some containers that are cheaper and made of plastic, you could make the mummy jars and put Halloween candy in them for the trick or treaters! If not, you can always use them as decorations, which is what I fully intend to do with mine.

Thoughts? Comments? Feedback is always welcome.

Happy crafting

Catching Up On My #inktober Drawings

I said I was going to contribute an ink drawing for each day of October for the #inktober challenge. Unfortunately, I got a late start so I’m trying to catch up.  Here are my drawings for the week.

The Steve Mcqueen and crows in the cemetery drawings were requested. The rest were all in my mind.

I have about 3 weeks left of this challenge, so if you have any ideas for me, leave a comment! I’m writing them all down.

If you’re already participating, I want to see your work! Find me on Twitter or Instagram and share it with me.

Octopus sketch for #inktober

Octopus for Octopus Day

#inktober drawing for inspiration

Inktober inspiration

Crows in the cemetery #inktober sketch

This was a request: Crows in the cemetery

Sunglasses drawing for #inktober

These are actually my sunglasses

Breast cancer awareness plus #inktober contribution

This is my contribution for Breast cancer awareness plus #inktober. Remember the people who have suffered and survived, and those who have only suffered.

Heart #inktober Sketch

Just a heart sketch

Steve Mcqueen #inktober drawing

This was a request: Steve Mcqueen in “the coolest photograph ever”.

Take the #inktober Drawing Challenge!

Take the #inktober challenge

So, I know I’m getting a bit of a late start here, but it’s October, which means that it’s time for #inktober. And I want you to participate.

What is #inktober?

#inktober is a challenge that artists (and non-artists) all over the world take to improve their ink drawing habits. All you have to do is pick up a pen and draw something once a day, every other day or once a week.

You don’t have to be an artist. The drawing doesn’t even have to be good! It just has to be with ink.

How do you participate?

Take a picture of your drawing and post it to social media with the #inktober hashtag. Easy peasy.

People will be searching for that hashtag all month long. It allows them to see what other people are drawing. Not to mention that there is awesome community around it.

Take the challenge with me!

I’m always game for something that will improve my creative skills and it wouldn’t hurt you to do the same. There are plenty of reasons to draw, so grab a pen and show me what you can do :-)

Halloween-inspired drawings are always appreciated, but not necessary. You can draw whatever you like.

Where did the #inktober challenge come from?

The challenge was created in 2009 by Jake Parker.  He started InkTober as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor. You can read more about it here.

Check out some drawings from the InkTober challenge so far this year

InkTober drawing by Katherine Tattersfield

InkTober drawing by Katherine Tattersfield

InkTober Drawing by Jennifer Broderick

InkTober Drawing by Jennifer Broderick

InkTober drawing by Matthew Price

InkTober drawing by Matthew Price