How To Press Flowers

Time: 10 minutes + 4-6 week wait time
Materials: flowers, scissors, blotting paper, heavy book

How To Press FlowersAs I’m sure you know by now (especially if you follow me on Instagram), I absolutely love flowers. The only part that I don’t love about them is having to toss out wilted blooms after a week or so. Instead of pitching my latest bouquet, I decided to press my favorites stems and petals so that I could have them to craft with in the future!

How To Press FlowersIt’s best to press flowers when they’ve been freshly picked. I found these stems throughout the neighborhood, but if you happen to buy yours, I recommend pressing the same day you take them home.

How To Press FlowersIf you don’t have blotting paper, you can also use wax paper. Paper towels may leave an impression on your flowers (if textured), and newspapers tend to shed ink.

How To Press FlowersDepending on how you plan to use your dried flowers, you may want to snip your stems. This step is completely optional and will vary depending on the type of flower you’re working with.

How To Press FlowersPlace flowers between two sheets of blotter (or wax) paper, making sure the petals do not touch one another.

How To Press FlowersPosition your paper at the back of a heavy book and close. You’ll want to leave your flowers alone for about 4-6 weeks (try not to peek!). The longer the press time, the longer they’ll be able to retain their coloring when exposed to the sun again.

 

I’ll be back next month with a project using these exact flowers, so stay tuned!

How to Print Fabric with Inkodye

Time: 1.5 hours
Materials: natural fabric (cotton, silk, linen, etc), Inkodye, Inkowash, photo negative

Learn how to print your own fabric with sunlight + inkodye!I’ve always wanted to learn how to print my own fabric, but never had the time or space to invest in it (aside from using rubber and potato stamps that is). Thankfully though, Lumi Inkodye exist! With a few steps and even fewer materials, I was able to transform one of my photographs into custom wall art.

Learn how to print your own fabric with sunlight + inkodye!Start by working indoors in a shady space so that the ink doesn’t develop before you have a chance to lay your negative over it.

Learn how to print your own fabric with sunlight + inkodye!Shake your inkodye packet then snap open to spread on your fabric. Each packet should cover a 12×12″ area, so use more than one if you want the surrounding area to be dyed too (I used two for this project).

Once you’re done applying the dye, position your photo negative and pin in place. If you don’t know where to get an enlarged copy of a photo negative, you can order one through the Lumi App! I used one of the photos I took for my Instagram Sunday Flower Series (see the original photograph here).

Take your fabric outside and lay in the sun for about 15-20 minutes. The dye will darken significantly from the initial application. When done developing, take inside, remove negative and toss in the wash. You’ll want to use Inkowash and run through a hot/cold cycle twice in order to remove any unexposed Inkodye molecules from your fabric. Once done and dried, your design will be permanent!

Learn how to print your own fabric with sunlight + inkodye!To display, I decided to turn mine into a banner! Here’s how:

Cut fabric into desired shape, leaving extra room at the top. Fold fabric over dowel rod and seal in place with  fusible bonding web. It’s easiest to fold the fabric over the rod (position it in the way it would hang) then remove the rod to iron. Knot a strip of twine or leather cord on either side of your print, then hang on a nail.

Learn how to print your own fabric with sunlight + inkodye!

Learn how to print your own fabric with sunlight + inkodye!

How to Paint Ceramic

Time: 1 hour + dry time
Materials: ceramic bowl or mug, vitrea 160 paint, brush, tape, oven

How to Paint Ceramic-- click through for step by step tutorialAlright internet, I’m sure you’ve seen DIYS floating around with alternative ways for painting ceramic/china/glass etc, but this is the method that I have found to be foolproof and dishwasher safe.

How to Paint Ceramic-- click through for step by step tutorialI used Vitrea 160 because I had it on hand from painting glass previously. If you’d like to use this technique on mugs or plates, be sure to use a food safe paint (Porecelaine 150 will work).

How to Paint Ceramic-- click through for step by step tutorialTape off the area you’d like to paint, or start free handing your design. If you use tape, be sure to remove it before the paint dries. If you don’t, there’s a chance the paint will peel up with the tape. The design can still scratch off at this phase so be careful; this also means you can make minor touchups at this time since the paint can be removed.

How to Paint Ceramic-- click through for step by step tutorial
Let dry fully, instructions say to wait 24 hours (I baked mine after 3 hours since my paint wasn’t thickly applied). After you are satisfied with your design, remember this is a permanent process, place your dish in the oven for 40 minutes at 325°F. Don’t take out of the oven until completely cool otherwise you risk the chance of your dish breaking. It’s best to turn off the oven then leave your dish inside until the oven is no longer warm.

How to Paint Ceramic-- click through for step by step tutorial

How to Paint Ceramic-- click through for step by step tutorial

 

How to Sew a Button

Time: 3-5 minutes
Materials: thread, needle, shank button, scissors, fabric

Before jumping into a 4 day make-a-thon known as Craftcation, I decided to brush up on the little sewing skills I have. While glitter dipping will always be my craft of choice, it’s nice to have a base of practical skills. I’ll be sharing a DIY using this technique next week, so stay tuned!

How to Sew a Button | The Crafted Life

1. Measure out your thread then tie a knot at the end. For a more durable hold, double layer your thread.

2. Thread your needle.

3. Pull your threaded needle through your fabric once. The knot should be on the back of the fabric so the button faces outward.

4. Pass your needle through the button shank then pull button down until it’s touching the fabric. The needle should then go back into the fabric near the original stitch.

5. Hold the button in place with your thumb and continue the process of passing the needle up through the fabric, through the shank, then back down until button is secure. It should take about 10 times, but you can always do more to be safe.

6. Tie your finishing knot in the back when done.

Today my dear friend Mere and I are heading south to Venture, CA for Craftcation. In case you haven’t heard of the conference, it’s a crafters DREAM! While there, I’ll be attending lectures on how to run a creative biz plus taking workshops like dressmaking 101, fresh flower accessories, gift wrapping and more. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with you when I return, but in the meantime, you can follow along on my Instagram feed.