DIY Shibori Bedding

Post by Kim of Beehive Art

DIY Shibori Bedding

We’ve been up to our eyeballs at the studio in SHIBORI tie dye. If you haven’t tried this age old Japanese dyeing technique, add it to your summer fun list. AND what could be better to dye than a yummy 100% cotton sheet set from The Land of Nod!

Materials needed:

The first step is folding and binding your pillowcase and sheets.

Pillow Case Shibori Bedding Directions:

  1. Fold fabric into an accordion, matching up edges neatly. I folded it lengthwise in quarters, and started folding the accordion from one end.
  2. Fit fabric to wood piece.
  3. Sandwich fabric between two pieces of wood.
  4. Secure tightly with rubber bands from all sides.

DIY Shibori Bedding - Pillowcase Steps

Flat Sheet Shibori Bedding Directions:

  1. Keep sheet folded in half lengthwise, and begin folding accordion from one end of the sheet. It’s a lot of fabric to deal with, go slow and take your time. The folding is key to a beautiful indigo dyed piece.
  2. Match up sides as best you can, smoothing out the layers of folded fabric. A long table, counter or clean floor will be the best place to fold this piece.
  3. Gently ease a rubber band to the middle of folded fabric. Wrap it tight keeping the folds in place. Secure both ends of the folded fabric with rubber bands. This will help keep the fabric from shifting when you add more rubber bands.
  4. Rubber band the entire length of the fabric. The more rubber bands you use the more intricate your design will be. The rubber bands need to be good and tight, this will take some work!

DIY Shibori Bedding - Flat Sheet Steps

Fitted Sheet Shibori Bedding Directions:

  1. Spread the sheet out and gather and bundle of fabric from the center, pull it up and wrap rubber band around the bundle. Wherever you wrap the rubber bands the fabric will remain white. The tighter the rubber bands, the better the design and contrast of dye.
  2. Go nuts and add as many rubber bands as you can, this will take time and will be well worth it. To make multiple rings, add two or three rubber bands to each bundle of fabric.

DIY Shibori Bedding - Fitted Sheet Steps

Once all three pieces are bound with rubber bands, soak in a bucket of water while you prepare the dye vat.

DIY Shibori Bedding

This dye kit has great directions for preparing the indigo dye vat and dying techniques. Follow them closely and have fun with it, there are no mistakes!

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When you’re ready to lift the fabric out of the dye vat, it will be light green. As it oxidizes it will turn a deep shade of indigo blue. This is where the magic happens!

DIY Shibori Bedding - Dye

Finished flat sheet:

DIY Shibori Bedding - Finished Flat Sheet

Finished pillowcase:

DIY Shibori Bedding - Finished Pillowcase

Finished fitted sheet:

DIY Shibori Bedding - Finished Fitted Sheet

I let the fabric sit overnight before removing the rubber bands. You can also dye the bundles again for a darker shade of blue. You will need a pair of scissors to remove the rubber bands and a bucket of water to rinse the fabric. Finally, machine wash in cold water. And if you’re itching to dye all things indigo, it’s your lucky day! The dye vat lasts for several weeks.

Happy DIYing your shibori bedding everyone!

DIY Shibori Bedding - Finished Product

Kim Poler is queen bee of beehive ART. She lives for inspiring visual expression, explosions of colors, forms and exciting combinations of mixed-media art. She creates, designs art projects, teaches children art and blogs at Beehive Art

Father’s Day DIY – Minimal Geometric Clock

Post by Lidy of Hello Lidy

Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock

With Father’s Day just around the corner, we are thinking of ways to create handmade pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind for all the dads out there. Like this geometric walnut clock, which is just one of those ‘timeless’ gifts that last year after year. (Did you catch that?!)

Father’s Day DIY – Minimal Geometric Clock

Materials

  • Walnut Plywood
  • Oak block
  • Table Saw
  • Drill
  • Sand Paper
  • Clear Acrylic Spray
  • Clock Works

Directions

  1. Cut a block of wood or buy from a craft store. Setting your table saw blade to a height of half the thickness of your board, cut a kerf down the center of the block. It might take a couple passes until you reach the thickness of your clock face. Sand, wipe clean and set aside.Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock
  2. Use a 1/4″ plywood and cut to shape and size you want for the clock face. Sand, wipe clean.Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock
  3. Drill  a hole in the center of your clock face where you want the clock works to go.Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock
  4. Spray the stand and clock face with clear acrylic spray and allow to dry in between coats.
  5. You may choose to spray paint your clock works (we chose black). Place the clock works onto the clock face according to package directions.Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock
  6. Place your clock face into the block stand and enjoy!

Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock

I love the minimalist look with this clock. It’s also a sculptural piece that adds a nice touch to any shelf or desktop – don’t you think? I don’t know about you, but I have the hardest time finding things for the men in my life because they either have more than they need and never hint at anything which would make things so much easier!! But this clock Father’s Day DIY gift is truly sentimental, based solely on the fact that we took some time to make it by hand for a very special guy. And I think he is going to love it!

XOXO, Lidy

Lidy is the face behind Hello Lidy: a blog focusing on creating and cultivating unique spaces that integrate original handmade designs and vintage pieces while keeping up on current trends and designs. Lidy and her husband have three adopted toddlers.

DIY Toddler Finger Painting Geometric Art

Post by Colleen of Lemon Thistle

DIY Toddler Finger Painting Geometric Art

I’m such an advocate for children creating art – no matter how young. My kids started finger painting when they could sit up (I use a recipe that’s edible) and now that they’re officially toddlers, they’ve graduated to real paint. I love having their artwork in our home, but there’s two of them – and that would mean a lot of paintings on the wall. I was wanting to have some more art in our house when I thought of this idea and I’m so glad that I did.

This toddler finger painting geometric art is made by combining two finger paintings for a big impact. You need to get up close to even realize that it’s made by toddlers.

The first step is getting your toddlers, kids, or babies creating. I like to tape down my paper (this time I used poster boards) and put them in a seat they can’t get out of on their own (save the couches!). Since I wanted two distinct paintings, I gave them each different colors. This time I gave them some paint brushes and then showed them that they could also use their hands. They were really excited when we showed them they could use their hands so I would probably skip the brushes next time.

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I use the tape that the poster boards are taped down with to hang them high on a wall to dry (anything to save the couches, I tell ya!). When they were dry, I used a craft knife on a cutting mat to cut the painted area into 5 cm strips (about 2.5”). I then, using my straight edge, cut my strips into triangles. I cut them on an angle 2.5 cm between the top and bottom lengthways, so my triangles were as tall as they were wide.

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When my triangles were all cut, I took a piece of yardstick cut to 8×10 (the size of my photo frame) and played out the pieces in a geometric pattern, alternating the blue and purple designs. When it was all laid out, I took one piece at a time and adhered it to the paper with double sided tape.

DIY Toddler Finger Painting Geometric Art - Setting DIY Toddler Finger Painting Geometric Art - Finishing

I’m so happy with how it turned out! It adds such a fun pop of color to their bedroom, I’m already dreaming up what other patterns I could create! I’d love to hear if you do art with your children and any tips you might have!

DIY Toddler Finger Painting Geometric Art - Finished Piece

Colleen is a wife, mama to 20 month old twins, and the DIY and lifestyle blogger behind Lemon Thistle where she shares printable art and hands on tutorials for DIY home decor, parties and gifts. Colleen believes you can have a beautiful life, home, and party without spending a lot- we’re keeping it real on a budget so everyone can join in on the fun. Find her on Pinterest & Instagram.

DIY Mother’s Day Gift – Ring Dishes

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog
DIY Mother's Day Gift - Ring Dishes

Today I’ve teamed back up with Paper Source to show you a fun DIY Mother’s Day gift craft project! Ring dishes are so handy to have around. I use them in my closet to corral all my loose earrings. And having a custom-made ring dish from my kiddos is such a treat. There are so many different variations and techniques you can do with this project, and my kids had so much fun with this that we had to go buy more dishes to work on!

I’ll show you two quick ways you can customize these ring dishes. So make sure you’ve got plenty of small ceramic dishes handy. I grabbed a bunch from Target and World Market. Restaurant supply stores are also a great resource for inexpensive options.  DIY Mother's Day Gift - Ring Dishes

DIY Mother's Day Gift - Ring Dishes Supplies

DIY Mother’s Day Gift – Ring Dishes Technique 1: Decoupage

Supplies:

  • Small dish
  • Paper (I’ve always loved the fine papers from Paper Source, and this marble paper is a real showstopper!)
  • Foam brush
  • Decoupage (this stuff from Martha Stewart is the best around)
  • Scissors

 How to:

  1. Just cut a piece of paper to fit your dish, spread a layer of decoupage liquid directly on the dish.
  2. Then place the paper where you want it and smooth out any wrinkles.
  3. Next, put another layer of decoupage liquid over the top.
  4. Now set the dish aside to dry (at least) overnight. This stuff says it takes a full 28 days to cure; but for a light-use piece like a ring dish, you can start using it when it’s completely dry…24-48 hours.

DIY Mother's Day Gift - Silver Ring Dish DIY Mother's Day Gift - Silver Ring Dish Embossing Supplies

DIY Mother’s Day Gift – Ring Dish Technique 2: Glitter Dipped

This is BY FAR my favorite project I’ve done for a really long time. I had my embossing heat tool out for a different project, and decided to give it a whirl on some dishes. The results are spectacular; and the process is so easy!

Here’s what you need:

How to:

  1. Just tape off a section with the painter’s tape.
  2. Press into the ink pad with your fingertip, then transfer the ink over to the taped off section of the plate. Keep filling in the space with ink until it’s covered.
  3. Working on top of the scrap paper, sprinkle on the embossing powder and gently tap off the excess.
  4. Pick up the scrap paper and use it to pour the excess powder back into the container.
  5. Remove the tape, and use the heat tool to melt the powder.
  6. Note: The dish will be hot after embossing, so don’t pick it up until it’s cooled.

DIY Mother's Day Gift - Jewelry Dishes

DIY Mother's Day Gift - Ring Dish Gilded Edges

A few more notes: 

  • You can use the embossing powder just around the edges of the dishes for a gilded edge look.
  • You could use kids’ artwork to give it a more personalized touch.
  • My kids LOVED these projects. They were great at helping with the ink pad and the embossing powder. My 9-year-old was really into using the heat tool to help melt the powder. And my 5-year-old would have painted every dish we have in the house if I’d have let her.
  • I’ve got a few more ways to customize the ring dishes over on my blog…so come see some of our other Mother’s Day gift ideas.

And just in time for Mother’s Day, all our Honest to Nod readers can receive 20% off  any order at Paper Source (in stores & online). The offer is valid through May 10th, and the code is MOM20. Terms & conditions apply.*

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Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams.