DIY Cooler Makeover

Be the hit of any summer picnic with this DIY cooler makeover!There is so much to love about summer. Everything is in bloom, the sun is out longer, and weekends can be spent primarily outside. Between all the outings and park picnics coming up over the next few months, you will want to have a fun cooler to bring with you everywhere you go! I teamed up with Zevia to show you how to make a basic one colorful and fun. And it really only takes two steps to make, which is the perfect amount of energy to put into a summer DIY. Here’s how:

Time: 45 minutes
Materials: cooler, outdoor spray paint, contact paper, scissors

Be the hit of any summer picnic with this DIY cooler makeover!

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DIY Pink Shibori Pillow

DIY Pink Shibori PillowNow that the weather is warmer, it’s time to get back outside and make a mess! While I was all about the indigo shibori trend, I gotta say that it looks better in pink. But then again, what doesn’t? If you’re looking to bring a pop of color to your home, then it’s time to break out the dye and give a plain pillow case a simple makeover. Here’s how:

Time: 25 minutes
Materials: liquid dye, cotton pillow case, bucket, rubber bands, method hand soap

DIY Pink Shibori PillowI recommend working outside for this project so you don’t get dye everywhere in your home. As far as your hands, you could wear gloves or just pick up some method hand soap for after. It’s animal and people friendly (biodegradable, made from recycled materials and 100% recyclable) and comes in the loveliest shades of colors. Either way, don’t be afraid to get a little messy with this project!

DIY Pink Shibori PillowIf you’re looking to preplan your pattern, then here’s a great resource for shibori. If you’re more into just winging it for a tie-dye feel, then just band your pillow as you please. For either technique, just keep in mind that where you put the bands will remain white while the color will adhere to the other sections of your pillow.

DIY Pink Shibori PillowFill your bucket with warm water and add your dye.

DIY Pink Shibori PillowAdd your rubber banded pillow case to the dye. The longer you let sit, the darker the color. You can pull the pillow up from time to time to check on the color and remove when it’s the color you want. Remember that the color will be a bit darker when wet. I let mine sit for about 10 minutes.

DIY Pink Shibori PillowCut the rubber bands and rinse the pillow in cold water until the water runs clear. Let dry, iron, and you’re all done!

DIY Pink Shibori PillowThe pink is so fun, don’t you think? I think it would look great next to an indigo shibori pillow too.

DIY Pink Shibori Pillow

DIY Pink Shibori Pillow

DIY Pink Shibori Pillow

This post was sponsored by method. All opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep The Crafted Life making!


10 Minutes or Less: DIY Polka Dot Vase

Create this mess-free polka dot vase in 5 minutes!If you’re in a pinch for where to put all of those beautiful spring tulips, then this quick DIY is for you! This polka dot vase is mess free, cost about one dollar to make, and can be whipped up in about 5 minutes. In terms of easy projects, I don’t think think could be beat! Here’s how:

Time: 5 minutes
Materials: dot stickers, jar

Create this mess-free polka dot vase in 5 minutes!For my jar I used an old pickle jar and removed the label. The dots are actually stickers I found at an office supply store. If they are out of the kind you like, you can also buy the teacher smiley face stickers and spray paint them.

I teamed up with Brittany Ann Cool + The Flwry here in Philly to make this fun video of the process:

So that’s it! Super fun don’t you think? You could also create another pattern or shape with the dots, or even mix and match other colors. It’s so risk-free and affordable that really anything is fair game!

Create this mess-free polka dot vase in 5 minutes!

DIY Coloring Book Tote + Free Printable

DIY Coloring Book Tote + Free Printable!It’s pretty obvious if you’ve been following along here, or Instagram, that I love all things colorful. That’s why when adult coloring books became the “in” thing to do recently that I was beyond thrilled! If you’re also into the trend, but want your art to live beyond the outside of your fridge, then you’ll want to make this DIY Coloring Book tote! Here’s how:

Time: 15-25 minutes
Materials: printed tote from Zazzle, free printablefabric markers

DIY Coloring Book Tote + Free Printable!First you’ll want to download this free piñata illustration by The Paper Mama by clicking here. Once you have the design, head to Zazzle and upload it for printing. Their bags are so soft and nice that you could even print a few and host a coloring party with all of you gal pals! You could also just buy this Mandala Tote if you’re looking for a different pattern.

Once you get your tote, color in the design with fabric markers. Depending on your markers there might be some bleed, so I recommend starting off by coloring in the center to see how it takes to the fabric before going right up to the lines. You will also want to put a thin sheet of cardboard or a book inside to prevent the markers from bleeding through to the other side.

DIY Coloring Book Tote + Free Printable!Once all colored in, let dry and you’re done! This project is a fun way to bring color to an ordinary tote bag, plus c’mon, how cute is that piñata?!

DIY Coloring Book Tote + Free Printable!

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