DIY Brushstroke Planter

Time: 25 minutes
Materials: planter, Montana acrylic paint markers

DIY Brushstroke Planter + @MONTANADIY Giveaway!

This week is an exciting week friends! For the next three days, I’ll be partnering with Montana (you might remember their paint from this project), to bring you DIYS you can do with their spray paint and acrylic paint markers. Plus, they’ll be giving away 6 cans of paint AND 6 markers to not one, but three readers, so be sure to come back each day to see the projects and enter to win!

First up, how to makeover a basic planter in 25 minutes (with little cleanup):

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Dyeing with Kool Aid

Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Materials: For the Makers Soft Focus Collection Kit

Dyeing with Kool AidIt’s a rare treat to come across a diy project that actually smells delicious; we deserve a break from all the glue and paint fumes once in awhile, right?! If you’re looking to add some beautiful pastel colors into your spring projects without compromising your sense of smell, then the Soft Focus Collection by For the Makers is just what you need. Added bonus: you can win $50 to buy one of your own (keep reading for how to enter)!

Dyeing with Kool AidThe full collection comes with four individual projects. Be sure to have all the materials in your kit prepped so you can do all of the dyeing at once.

Dyeing with Kool AidWhen I was a kid, I never thought that the Kool Aid that gave me blue lips would one day make it’s way into my craft toolbox as an adult, but I’m glad it did. Kool-Aid works great when dyeing natural materials like silk, cotton, and wool. You don’t want to add sugar to your dye solution, just a few teaspoons of Kool Aid powder and a cup of water.  For a complete color guide and mixing tips, click here.

Dyeing with Kool AidFirst up, the air plant holder! Mix your Kool Aid + water together and allow cup to sit in the liquid for about 1-2 minutes. You can hold the cup in place, or, if you choose to live on the edge, let the cup float and have the color hit where it may.

The base will fill up with liquid (dyeing the inside), so be careful when tipping out the dye to not get any on the outside. If you leave the cup in the liquid for too long it will crack; just keep an eye on it and remove once you’ve achieved the color you want.

Dyeing with Kool AidKool Aid also works as a type of watercolor. To personalize your stationery, simply dip a paint brush into your Kool Aid dye and paint as though you were working with watercolors. It’s fun to layer colors and experiment with patterns, like the splattered dots I did below.

Dyeing with Kool Aid

Dyeing with Kool AidYou can see the full tutorials for the other materials that come with the kit here.

Now for the extra fun part! One of you will win $50 to the For the Makers shop, which is one of my personal favorite shops online. There you’ll find kits, rhinestones, beads, tools, and more. Prepare to want everything! Enter below to win. Best of luck!

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DIY Image Transfer

Time: 5 minutes + dry time
Materials: drift wood, photocopy image, white acrylic paint, brush, water

DIY Image Transfer | The Crafted Life

Friends, do I have a treat for you! Not only is Courtney Cerruti here to show us how to transfer images, but she is also giving away a copy of her book, Playing with Image Transfers, to one lucky reader!

I had the pleasure of meeting Courtney at Alt Summit SF and couldn’t be more excited about what’s she’s come up with (seriously, her work is amazing!). Without further ado, here’s Courtney’s project:

DIY Image Transfer | The Crafted Life

This transfer process will reverse your image, so keep that in mind if transferring a word or different image (get the bird images here). Transfers only work with a toner based print which means you’ll need a photocopy of your image. This transfer will not work with an ink jet print!

DIY Image Transfer | The Crafted Life

When working with found wood, start by painting a base layer onto the wood. Keep this layer even. If you want a soft painted edge, use a coarse brush to paint your strokes. Allow this layer to dry completely.

DIY Image Transfer | The Crafted Life

Add a second layer of paint over the first. While the paint is wet, place your photocopies image face-down onto the wet surface. Carefully press the image into the paint and smooth away any bubbles or air pockets. Don’t over press or you’ll push all the paint out from under the image and your transfer won’t stick.

Allow paint to dry completely! To test the transfers, tear away a corner of the paper and if the paint starts to pull up, then the transfer isn’t completely dry. If the transfer is dry and ready for the next step, you should pull away the back layer of paper and see part of the image below. There will still be a lot of paper left stuck to the driftwood.

Using a little bit of water and your hand, begin to rub away the paper fibers. Rub softly in circular motions. You can use a wet sponge, but if you are too aggressive, you risk rubbing away the image. Continue adding water and rubbing away paper until entire image is revealed.

DIY Image Transfer | The Crafted Life

Once all the paper is removed, allow the driftwood to dry. If any paper fibers re-appear, you can wet them and gently rub them away or you can use a few drops of olive oil to rub into the surface of the transfer. Using the oil will make fine paper fuzz disappear and it will condition the transfer giving it a satin shine.

DIY Image Transfer | The Crafted Life

Make a collection to display in your home or give as a gift!

To learn more about image transferring, pick up a copy of Courtney’s book here, or enter to win one below!

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Dip Dyed iPad Case + Giveaway!

Time: 20 minutes + dry time
Materials: iPad case, Rit dye, water, bowls, water, salt, gloves

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Keep scrolling for details on how to win your own Baggu iPad case!

DIY Dip Dyed iPad Case | The Crafted Life

DIY Dip Dyed iPad Case | The Crafted Life

Before starting, wet the area of your case you wish you dye and cover your work area. Then, mix half of your Rit packet with about 4 cups of hot water and 1/2 cup salt. Leave case in solution until you achieve the color you wish.

DIY Dip Dyed iPad Case | The Crafted Life

Repeat steps above if you wish to add second color. Wash and dry according to dye instructions, then use or gift!

DIY Dip Dyed iPad Case | The Crafted Life

DIY Dip Dyed iPad Case | The Crafted Life

DIY Dip Dyed iPad Case | The Crafted Life

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