By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilight Kallisti
Want to have a make a unique yarn in your favorite color? Or want to try hand painting to get a one of a kind skein of yarn? Join me in yarn dyeing. It’s fun and a great summer project!
I’ve used Rit Dye for years to tie dye clothes, but I’ve just begun using it in my home decor projects. What I love about using Rit Dye is that you can customize your decor according to the color scheme of your home. I hope these projects inspire you as they have inspired me to create vibrant focal points in my home.
This Fish Scale Pendant Lamp brightens the room with coastal charm. I love the variety of colors and texture in this unique lantern.
Fish Scale Pendant Lamp – Design Sponge
By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!
I live in a place where tie dye clothing is, ahem, practically required. You think I’m joking but our local soccer league give out plain white shirts to each team with the understanding that they will tie dye them to create unique jerseys for the kids. No, really. So tie dye is always on my radar. My kids love it and it’s a great way to get a little more use out of clothes that would otherwise be too stained to wear in public. Here are some cool tie-dye projects I’m planning on trying with them this summer.
Rainbow Socks – iLoveToCreate
I actually paid big bucks for a pair of tie dyed soccer socks last year and now I’m kicking myself. OF COURSE! I could have just made them myself! I love how this rainbow technique uses zip ties instead of rubber bands to bind the sections off. So smart!
Rosette Flip Flops – The Swell Life
I have a little girl who would flip over this project! Flips flops (her favorite footwear – like mother like daughter), flowers and tie-die. It’s the perfect combination and a great way to have fun with fabric scraps in an unusual way. They just scream summer, don’t they?
“Shibori” Tie-Dye – Let’s Go Fly a Kite
And for the non pink flower lovers in the family these crazy blue tone tie-die shirts will be a huge hit! They look, somehow, wintery, and sciency and also a little foresty. My son will go nuts for them. And for making them I bet. What a fun summer project!
What’s your best tie-dye project? Send us a note! We love to hear what you are up to! Check out these and other Tie Dye Crafts on our Craft Trends Pinboard.
By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.
Creating pasta mosaics is pretty much a must during a child’s preschool years and it’s a great way to spend a too hot to go outside summer day. But instead of just using your average, every day pastas, why not step it up a notch and present your child with a bowl full of brightly colored pasta? Dying pasta is simple, quick and easy enough to let the kids help making it all the more fun! Customize the colors of your pasta to your child’s favorite shades or treat this as a lesson in color mixing, either way, you are both sure to have fun with this project!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Pasta – varying shapes
- Rubbing alcohol
- Food coloring
- Zip-close baggies or sealable bowls
- Paper towels and colander
1. Split the pasta up into small baggies or bowls, being sure to mix the shapes up so that each bowl has a variety.
2. Pour enough rubbing alcohol into the baggies or bowls to just cover the pasta.
3. Add food coloring to each bag. Start with a few drops and then work the color in before adding more until you reach the shade you are looking for.
4. Seal up the bags or bowls and let the color work it’s way into the pasta for at least 30 minutes. The longer you wait, the more intense the colors will become.
5. Drain the pasta in a colander and then allow them to dry spread out on paper towels. Once dry, the pasta can be strung as beads, glued into mosaics or just sorted and played with!
By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills.
Have you decorated your Easter eggs yet? I found an article by Parents Magazines and they share some creative ideas on how to decorate your Easter eggs without using traditional dye.
One of my favorite ideas was adding Thicker Foam Stickers to spell out seasonal phrases on eggs, or plastic eggs. You could use this idea for directions for your Easter egg hunt, or just write “Happy Easter” as a centerpiece.
Shared by Tara Donne
You can also raid your crafting stash for special egg décor. Use any all-purpose glues to add buttons, sequins, ribbons, gems, rhinestones, or flowers. Parents Magazine suggested CreateForLess as a supplier of colorful buttons and craft glue.
Read the article here!
By General Crafts Contributor Michelle
Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing originating in Indonesia. The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to color selectively by soaking the cloth in one color, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colors are desired. Here is a much modified version of Batik using blue gel glue and acrylic paint which gives similar results for much less mess and hassle. This is a fun project for adults and kids alike!