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 them 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 would 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?

DIY Autumn-Inspired Mason Jar Vase

autumn-inspired mason jar vase

Since it is Autumn and the leaves are finally changing, I thought I would work on some fall-inspired crafts. For the first one, I decided to replace my fall/spring-inspired vases from last year with these lovely mason jars. I wanted something decorative for fall, but didn’t want to go the Halloween route. Just something subtle. Creamy brown colors, burlap and mason jars seems like the way to go.

autumn flower vase materials

Things You Will Need
Burlap
Ribbon
Mason Jars
Acrylic paint
Burlap flower
Sponge brush

*You will also need double-sided tape or some hot glue to adhere the burlap, ribbon, and flower.

painted mason jar craft

mason jar vase

Step 1
Pour some paint into the bottom of one of the mason jars. Swirl it around until the entire jar is covered with paint.

Repeat this step with the other two jars.

Fall burlap vasesStep 2
Wrap some burlap around each vase.

ribbon burlap jar

Step 3
Wrap some ribbon around each vase in the middle of the burlap.

burlap flower decoration

Step 4
Adhere your decorative element to the larger mason jar.

autumn-inspired mason jar vase

Pop in your flowers for the finishing touches. you should have something like the above photo which is a great decorative element for the autumn season! I love them!

Let me know what you think!

DIY Dandelion Silhouette Painting

DIY dandelion silhouette painting

 

I’ve been seeing dandelion art all over the place, particularly on Pinterest, and I’ve been inspired by it. So I decided to make my own version. But I wanted something a bit brighter and with more than a solid background. So I decided to paint dandelions as a silhouette on top of a sunset background. You can use whatever colors you’d like for yours though. I like the variety in color.

Don’t be discourage if you’ve never painted before. I promise that this one is easy and I’m walking you through all of it. If I don’t have pictures of what I did, I’ve provided links to tutorials that will help you through it.

wall art materials

Things You Will Need:
Water
Canvas
Brushes
Acrylic paint

**If you want to use a black marker (pick a sharpie or other good brand to ensure consistent color) instead of black paint for the dandelion, you can do that. That was my original plan since you have better control of a marker, but my Sharpie died. So sad.

sunset background

 

Step 1
Pick your colors, wet your paint brush and layer them. Then blend the paints so that it creates a sunset effect.

I blended mine from pink, orange, yellow, back to orange, blue and to purple.

Hint: Add your lighter colors first. I started in the middle with yellow and added some white to the right side of the canvas. Then added my darker colors to the left side and blended over the right.

dandelion stemStep 2
Paint or draw the stem of the dandelion and add a ball at the top like in the image above.

dandelion stem 2

Step 3
Add some prongs out to the side and add a small circle to the end of each one.

dandelion

Step 4
Repeat Step 3 but at a smaller scale. Make the prongs a little bit shorter and the circles at the end a little bit smaller.

dandelion silhouette painting

Step 5
Repeat Step 3 and 4 to make as many dandelions as you’d like. I chose to paint 3 at different sizes.

DIY dandelion silhouette painting

Let it dry and hang your art on the wall to brighten up your room of choice. Lovely!

Happy painting!

 

DIY Glitter Design Candle Jar

DIY Glitter Candle Jar

Those of you who read my blog regularly (or even semi-regularly) know that I love glitter. I also like making candles. I actually just bought 10 lbs. of soy wax to make candles for the holidays and this glitter mess right here is my first victim.

It was really easy to make. The design only takes a few minutes (outside of drying time). If you want to make your own candle, you can go through this tutorial first. It walks you through how to make a soy candle.

DIY glitter jar candle materials

Things You Will Need:
Brush
Glitter
Glass jar
Mod Podge
Rubber bands

** I highly recommend using a plain glass jar with no designs or impressions on it. I used an old pickle jar. It was a good size for experimentation, too!

rubber  band design

Step 1
Wrap your rubber bands around the jar. I used a few different sizes so that it would add some variety the design.

glitter and Mod Podge

Step 2
Get your glitter and glue ready. Prepare a mound of glitter that you can spread.

Go ahead and add a thin layer of Mod Podge to your jar. Make sure it’s thin or you will get some clumping.

glittery mason jar

Step 3
While the glue is still wet, roll your jar in the glitter. Make sure you get all of it!

Let it dry.

rubber band glitter design

Step 4
When the glue is dry, carefully take off the rubber bands.

You can see that I made my glue too thick in some places along the edges. If this happens to yours, use your finger nail to carefully peel those pieces off.

If you want to avoid getting glitter everywhere, clean off your brush and put another layer of Mod Podge over top of the glitter. It will seal the design and you won’t have to worry about additional clean up.

DIY Glitter Candle Jar

Now you should have a beautiful glitter candle holder!

You can give it as a gift or keep it for yourself. This one is for  experimentation for me, but there will be more to come!

Let me know what you think!

DIY Gift Bag from Scrapbook Paper

DIY Paper gift bags

So many friends and family members and getting married or having birthdays that I keep trying to think of new ways to decorate their gift bags and boxes. Of course, it’s easier to go to the store and buy a gift bag, but I’d rather make one myself. I gave a gift recently that was tall and skinny and was trying to think if the best way to present it. I decided to make my own bag out of scrapbook paper. The black and white bag in the picture above is the one I chose. The brown one is cute, but the design didn’t suit her as well.

You don’t need much to make it and it takes about 2 minutes to complete.

diy gift bag materials

Things You Will Need
Tape
Ribbon
Hole puncher
Scrapbook paper

paper gift bag directions

Step 1
Find the center of your paper and fold both ends into that center point.
Tape both ends together.

fold over paper

Step 2
Fold the bottom of the paper up about two inches.

folded bottom of paper bag

Step 3
Open the folded part up and fold down the sides like in the image above.

Taped bottom

Step 4
Fold the top and bottom to the center and tape them together.

Top of gift bag

gift bag with bow

Step 5
Fold the top of the paper down about an inch.
Punch a hole on each side of the paper and tie a ribbon through for some extra flare! You can always tie a gift tag in the ribbon as well.

DIY Paper gift bags

The thicker the paper you choose, the more durable the gift bag will be. So if you’re giving a gift that is a bit heavier or needs extra support, go with a card stock paper rather than your typical scrapbook paper.

Hope you guys enjoyed this week’s DIY project!

Happy crafting (and gift giving)!

 

DIY Paper Gift Box

DIY paper gift box

 

I was trying to think of a good craft to make for Make Something Mondays earlier in the week and I thought of this paper box. When I was a freelance graphic designer and was regularly looking for new clients, I would make these boxes (with sturdier paper) and filled them with tidbits about myself along with my résumé. It usually worked and I would at least have a call with my prospective clients.

I like these boxes because they are easy (and affordable) to make, and are really cute. They make great gift boxes for candy or other small thinks and can made with any kind of paper or cardboard.

I’ve made these boxes two different ways, and will show you both.

DIY paper box materialsThings You Will Need
Pencil
Paper
Ruler
Scissors
Glue stick

Paper Box Option 1

paper layout

Step 1
My paper is 12×12 inches, so I marked every 3 inches and drew lines to show the area. So The floor of the box will be 3×3 inches and the walls of the box will be a little bit shorter than 2 inches.

paper cutsStep 2
Make cuts down the sides of the soon-to-be walls like in the image above.

paper box bottom

Step 3
Use your glue stick to adhere the cut pieces to the inside of the walls so that you end up with a shape like this.

Decorative box bottom

Step 4 (optional)
Cut out a 3×3 square and glue it into the bottom of the box for a nice decorative element.

 

**If you decide to make the lid the same way, make sure you measure to be a bit larger than the bottom part of the box so that it doesn’t fit too snugly.

Paper Box Option 2

fold in half

fold paper diagonally

Step 1
Fold the paper diagonally that one point meets the point directly across from it.

Repeat on the opposite side so that you have folds that criss cross in the center.

fold paper in half

paper folds

Step 2
Fold the paper in half.

Repeat on the opposite side so that you have fold similar to the above images.

fold side to center

Step 3
Fold one edge of the paper into the center.

Repeat on the other three sides.

fold edges inward

 

fold in side of paper

Step 4
Fold two of your points inward like in the image above and glue them. This will start one side of your box top.

Repeat on the other side.

paper box lid

You should have a box top that looks like this.

DIY paper box

DIY paper gift box

Add some ribbon around the box and tie a bow at the top for a fun accent!

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Matchbox Party Favors

matchbox party favors

You remember Jennifer, from Station Teen, right? A week or so ago, she asked me what I was making for my next craft for Make Something Mondays. We started talking about crafts and she gave me this great idea: decorate matchboxes with scrapbook paper and embellishments. Since she owns her own stationary and greeting card business, she offered to send me the materials I needed to make them along with a few samples so that I could make my own with a tutorial. She’s fantastic isn’t she?

Making one of these matchboxes takes about 1 minute. This project was a fun get-your-mind-off-of-everything-else craft. It would make a great favor for a wedding or party. So cute!

DIY matchbox materials

Things You Will Need:
Scissors
Glue stick
Matchboxes
Embellishments
Scrapbook paper cut to 2 1/4 wide x 3 1/4 high*

*Make sure you measure the matchbox first, you might have to trim your paper a bit more.

gluing paper to matchbox

 

Step 1
Run your glue stick around the whole matchbox cover except the striking area for the matches.

scrapbook paper cover

Step 2
Wrap your paper the whole way around the matchbox and press down firmly to make sure the paper sticks.

DIY Matchbox Party Favor

Step 3
Adhere your embellishment, and you’re done!

matchbox party favors

 

I had only planned on making a 2 or 3 but, as you can see, I made a few more than anticipated. They’re so easy to make and it’s really fun to match the embellishments to the paper.

party favor variety

Here are a few that Jennifer sent me. I can see these as favors for a baby shower, even.

DIY Soy Candle

Or you could make my DIY Candle craft and tie one of these matchboxes to the jar with a matching ribbon. That would make a really cute gift!

Don’t forget to check out Jennifer’s store, too. She has the best greeting cards. Check out the one she sent me (below). The paper is pretty thick and the stationary picks are great. (I promise I wouldn’t be talking her up if I didn’t think her stuff was amazing.)

Thank You card from Station Teen

I’d love to hear what you think! Do you have any other creative ideas on ways to use the matchboxes?

Happy crafting!