Posts Tagged ‘DIY’
Shellac may just be one of the best beauty inventions. There is something about looking down at my nails and seeing them shine back at me, beaming for all the world to see. But I have found just two problems: 1) a girl who lives for polished nails cannot bear to wear the same colour for 2-3 weeks, 2) having to go to the salon to have the shellac removed seems like a waster of time and money. Since I do not Shellac often — I’m much to indecisive to settle on one lacquer colour a week — visiting the salon to have the polish removed just doesn’t seem viable. Here’s an at home solution to removing your Shellac DIY-style:
What You’ll Need:
- nail polish remover
- cotton pad, cut into six
- tin foil
- manicure stick/skewer
Simply cut the cotton pad into pieces large enough to cover your nail. Drench the cotton pad in nail polish remover, place on top of nail, and wrap end of finger in tin foil. Leave for 10+ minutes until removing tin foil and cotton. At this point the polish should be completely separated, you’ll even see that the top coat has separated from the colour. If the polish is not flaking off, leave cotton and tin foil on for a few minutes longer. Use the manicure stick to rub off any remnants of Shellac polish.
In effort to make DIY/crafting my new hobby, this weekend I successfully completed another amazing DIY. This project was even more fun because it involves fashion! The tie dye denim look is perfect for any pair of jeans that have lost their way in your closet and need to be revived. I know most of you have at least one pair of jeans you don’t wear — I have approximately 12 pairs of jeans, but mostly wear two or three.
What you’ll need:
- dark denim
- rubber bands
- rubber gloves
First, soak your jeans in a bucket of water, this will ensure that your denim creates maximum absorbency.
Next tie jeans with multiple elastic bands. It’s recommended to use thick rubber bands, so since I was unable to find these, I used clothing elastic instead. Start at the legs and twist and tie denim with bands. The more rubber bands you use, the more blue that will be left.
Fill your bucket with 1 part bleach, 2 parts water. My bucket was filled about half-way full. Use rubber gloves to immerse the jeans in the solution and if needed use some sort of weight to keep the jeans completely immersed. This way you won’t have to rotate the denim. Check on the colour of the denim occasionally, I bleached my jeans for about 2 hours to achieve a light, almost white denim colour.
When you are satisfied with the bleached colour, carefully cut off all elastic bands, and wash jeans immediately. Be sure to wash alone and use detergent. Hang to dry, and you’re done! One last step is to put your washing machine through another wash cycle with nothing in it to ensure all bleach is cleared from the machine.
So excited to wear these all summer long! These pair perfectly with classic black and white t-shirts, flats and booties. Enjoy!
Although I may not be a pro shutterbug, I can still say I love photography, and imagine one day I will too develop iconic images (maybe only in my mom’s books). Since I also love a good and simple DIY, I think this is the perfect project for the weekend, especially since the warm weather allows you to shoot into the night.
Photos via Globetrotter Diaries
This DIY was actually done by one of the lovelies at Honestly…WTF’s sister. If you have an SLR click here to discover how to get out and love the city lights.
I’ve never really found purpose for a coaster, or maybe I’ve never found a coaster I liked. To me, coasters seem a little pretentious, is your coffee table really too good for my mug? Maybe it is, but in any case my tables would gladly accept a coffee ring as a comforting morning salute.
When I found this DIY for lace coasters, I was definitely intrigued, especially since it involved spray paint, something about it is just so rebellious and satisfying. Of course, I’ve been all over lace for the past four years so it’s no wonder this Martha Stewart craft caught my eye.
What You’ll Need:
- white tiles (I used 4.5″x4.5″ and 6″x8″)
- spray adhesive
- gloss spray paint
- surface protection pads
Begin by covering one side of the lace with spray adhesive, and position it onto the tile. Spray the tile and lace with a quick but opaque coat of paint, being sure to cover the entire surface of the tile.
The paint dries extremely fast so almost immediately after you can remove the lace and leave paint to set. I recommend using multiple pieces of lace, as the fabric take longer to dry and can transfer paint to new tiles. Once tiles are dry, stick surface protection pads (you know the things you put on the inside of drawers and cupboards) to the bottom of the tile so that the rough surface does not damage your table. The rubber, non-slip ones are also great and avoid drink spillage.
I ended up using a few larger tiles I found in my parents’ basement. Large tiles are perfect for pots, pans and teapots.