Follow Crafts – diycandy.com on Feedspot

Continue with Google
Continue with Facebook


Learn how to make these simple and beautiful DIY wedding centerpieces in a matter of minutes. Just a few steps and you’re done. So budget friendly!

Skills Required: None. These wedding centerpieces on a budget are perfect for anyone – even if you’ve never crafted before. I promise you can do it!

I have a good friend getting married in just a few months, and of course, I’ve been recruited to help her. And I’m not sure if you know this (you probably already do), but lots of stuff for weddings is REALLY expensive.

Actually all of it. So one thing my friend decided she wanted to do herself was table decor – and as a result, we made these simple DIY wedding centerpieces.

This wedding centerpiece idea couldn’t be any simpler. I will confess though, there was one thing I wasn’t sure about – fake flowers. It turns out that faux flowers are WAY better than they used to be!

We found some pretty white/cream ones at Michaels – they have a great floral section. I find most of the craft stores do pretty well when it comes to fake flowers, so don’t be afraid. I know you’ll find something you love!

Here’s how to make these easy centerpieces.

Wedding Centerpieces on a Budget

Gather These Supplies

Each centerpiece requires one glass bubble bowl, one bag of sand, and three – four faux flowers.

Wash your bowl (with gentle cleanser or glass cleaner) and dry thoroughly. Add one bag of sand and even it out by slowly shaking/tilting the bowl from side to side.

Pull your faux flowers (or cut) from the stems, then place three to four in each bowl. That’s it, you’re done!

Aren’t these pretty? I kind of love them.

You could use this idea for any party, really.

And once the party is done, all the goodies are yours to reuse, unlike most of the wedding stuff that you rent. And they are so pretty!

What do you think of these DIY wedding centerpieces on a budget? And wouldn’t it be fun to mix colors of sand and colors of flowers? I have so many ideas beyond what you see here! I hope you’ll try this too and let me know what you think in the comments.

If you’re looking for something with a bit more “oomph,” I suggest you take a look at our glowing wedding centerpieces – they take this faux flower idea to the next level! Enjoy:

The post DIY Wedding Centerpieces On a Budget, in Minu... appeared first on DIY Candy.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Do you want to incorporate a photo booth in an upcoming wedding or party? These colorful DIY photo booth props are easy to decorate!

I was at Michaels not so very long ago and walked by the wood section . . . and something caught my eye. Wood – blank wood – photo booth props! I was so excited.

Blank surfaces ready for me to decorate – the perfect way for me to use up the supplies I already have. It was as if these props were begging for some paint and glitter, so that’s what I decided to give them!

I wanted to share with you how I decorated these DIY photo props. This isn’t so much a tutorial as it is just a post to inspire you and share the fun. So here’s what I did.

DIY Photo Props

Gather These Supplies

I loaded up on a bunch of the photo booth props, and they weren’t expensive. Love these wood surfaces!

Then I got started painting. Sometimes I think the easiest thing to do is start with what you know to get the creative juices flowing. Meaning, it’s easy to paint a mustache black because a lot of mustaches are black . . . so that’s what I did!

Then I got a bit more creative and decided to branch out and pick some more fun colors. So I did another mustache, but in a bright brown. I gave all of my props a few coats of paint.

That’s when I started to get even more creative – and pulled out the fun colors. Like my metallic orange pearl paint! I also realized something . . . if you don’t like what color you are using, simply let it dry and then sand it off. If it’s a dark color, paint white over the top after sanding.

I think the hats were the most fun . . . and I really liked picking fun colors for these. I find painting to be pretty therapeutic.

Once you are done painting everything, it’s time to bring in the glitter. A lot of photo props don’t have glitter, but I decided FolkArt Extreme Glitter was a necessity.

It even comes in black so you can go back and decorate the ‘stache, too!

Then when the time comes and it’s all dry, grab some embellishments you haven’t used in awhile (ribbon, brads, rhinestones, etc) and use them! Glue them to the fronts of your photo booth props and you’ll see what a difference they can make.

This was such a fun exercise – and let me suggest to you that if you need a creative jump start or outlet, grab some wood pieces from the craft store and just let your mind go wild!

How would you decorate your photo props?

If you like these DIY photo booth props, I think you might like these other ideas as well:

The post Colorful DIY Photo Booth Props Are Easy to Ma... appeared first on DIY Candy.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Instead of using random scraps of paper, I whipped up these super colorful and cute kitty themed DIY bookmarks out of paint chips!

Are you a cat lover? (Good.) Are you a book lover? (Great.) Do you love colors? (Yes? Me too!) We must be on the same wavelength because today’s cute cat bookmark craft is just for you! Hiya! It’s Leslie from Pink Stripey Socks.

My son and I just started the summer reading program at our library… which means that we’ve been reading . . . a lot. Often times we never quite finish a book, and I’m always left looking around for something to hold our page.

DIY Bookmarks

You may have seen the other bookmarks we’ve made: the confetti bookmarks, the flower bookmarks, and the origami page corners. I hope you’ll check out these versions because each of them are fun and unique in their own way. Having said that, I’m kind of in love with these kitties!

Instead of using random scraps of paper, I whipped up these super colorful and cute DIY bookmarks out of paint chips! Now we have tons of cute cat bookmarks lying around to mark our pages all summer long!

Ready to make this purr-fectly adorable bookmark? Let’s get making!

Cute Cat Bookmarks

Gather These Supplies

  • Paint Chips
  • Craft Knife
  • Scissors
  • Cutting Mat (or a piece of cardboard)
  • Permanent markers
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler (or straight edge)

Step 1:
Let’s get rid of any unwanted words from your paint chip. Use a ruler to draw guiding lines around the words. Then, cut them out. Erase any leftover pencil marks.

Step 2:
Use your pencil and permanent markers to draw the shape of a cat. Make sure you draw the arms long enough so that they’ll hold onto your page.

Step 3:
Use your scissors to cut out your cat’s ears. Then, use your craft knife to cut around your arms.

Depending on how sharp your knife is, you might have to retrace your cut several times. Erase any stray pencil marks and gently pop out your cat’s arms.

Tada! You’re all done! These DIY bookmarks are so easy to make, you could probably make a small army of cats to hold your pages while watching your favorite tv show.

And if cats aren’t really your thing, no worries. You could also try making other animals. I’ll bet a dog, fox, or elephant would look super cute too!

If you enjoyed this easy and colorful craft, then you’ll also enjoy these other ideas from my blog:

Happy reading and happy making, friends!

The post Cute Cat DIY Bookmarks From Paint Chips appeared first on DIY Candy.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

You’ve never seen popsicle stick bracelets like these! Learn how to make them super stylish with beads, paint, chains, and more.

It’s back to school craft time and there is nothing quite as quintessentially crafty as the popsicle stick; a craft supply so basic but so full of possibilities!

So today I’m sharing with you a DIY project that takes the popsicle stick to the next level, these fab Popsicle Stick Bracelets!

These suckers are so easy to make, the varieties are endless, and your wrist is gonna look FAB. Here’s how you make them:

Popsicle Stick Bracelets


  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue gun + sticks
  • Beads
  • Jewelry chain
  • Paint (optional)

1. Fill a pot with water and toss in popsicle sticks. Place on the stove and let boil for 30 minutes. Boiling the sticks will make them very pliable.

2. Remove sticks from water and let them cool for a minute or two, then very carefully bend the sticks into a half circle and slide into a glass or jar (I used a jam jar).

Set oven to 200 degrees and place jars in the oven, baking for another 30 minutes. Baking them will dry them out and help them to keep their shape. Carefully remove from oven after 30 minutes.

3. Paint bracelets if you so desire!

4. Attach beads using glue gun.

5. Attach jewelry chain. You can do this by nailing a small hole on each end of the stick (most of my sticks split when I tried this), or glueing a bead on each end to hold the chain in place.

You’re done! Stack them up and get to lookin’ sassy!

What are your other favorite popsicle stick crafts? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Be sure to come visit my sister and me as we blog about style, food, and the things we love over at The Pretty Life Girls. Check these related posts out before you go:

The post Super Stylish Popsicle Stick Bracelets appeared first on DIY Candy.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Do you love using Sharpies for crafting? Get over 20 ideas in this ultimate guide to Sharpie crafts – tons of unique inspiration!

I did my first official “Sharpie craft” about five years ago. It was a necklace with Shrinky Dinks, and it was such a blast that I was hooked on Sharpie crafts for good. In fact, right after that craft I bought a collection of Sharpies in every color!

I realized the other day, as I was cleaning out my craft supplies, that I haven’t touched the Sharpies in awhile. And I think it’s time. To help me, and those of you who are also interested in trying crafts with this magic marker, I’ve put together a collection of over 20 Sharpie crafts.

This is the ultimate guide to Sharpie awesomeness! If you want to be inspired, just scroll down. Have fun!

PS – if you like this post, check out our Sharpie Dot Flower Pot Craft!

Sharpie Crafts
Floral Lamp Base

Sharpie makes oil based markers, and they are perfect for doodling on lamp bases (for staying power!).

Get the instructions at Better Homes & Gardens

Confetti Flower Pot

This Sharpie flower pot is so easy, even a kid could do it. Seriously, this is a no fail project!

Sharpie Dot Flower Pot Craft here at DIY Candy

Leopard Obsession

Take an old, yucky tote and add a funky pattern with Sharpies and isopropyl alcohol.

Learn how to do it at Studs and Buttonholes

Floral Tees

Rubbing alcohol bleeds Sharpie in some fun ways – you can add to a t-shirt, and then draw details over the top.

Learn more at Second Chances by Susan

Pendant Necklace

To make this cute necklace, I drew on Shrinky Dinks with markers and a stencil – then I shrank and added a chain.

Learn how to do it at Mod Podge Rocks

Infinity Umbrella

This project is perfect for either a white or clear umbrella – and would make a great gift.

Get more info on the project at Ice Pandora

Faux Malachite

These amazing knobs look like real stone – but they were simply colored with Sharpie!

Find the step-by-step at Teal & Lime

Stenciled Pillow

If you don’t have the geometric pattern you want – buy simple white fabric and just draw it on!

Get the how-to at Live Love DIY

Embellished Dishes

Serve goodies to your guests in style – add metallic accents to all of your dishes.

Find the instructions at By Stephanie Lynn

Wooden Hangers

You can get a cheap pack of hangers at IKEA – then you just dress them up with a gold Sharpie.

Get the step-by-step at Little Yellow Couch

Sharpie Bag

This bag is great inspiration for doing your own doodles on fabric – or you can get the printables and iron them on to make a Sharpie holder.

Find the step-by-step at 645 Workshop

Phone Case

If you like the tribal look, get it on your phone case using a variety of Sharpie colors.

Note: the original tutorial is no longer available – but you’re simply drawing on the back of the phone case with Sharpies in any colors you like!

Coffee Mug

Doodling on a mug only takes a few minutes – then bake it to make the design stick.

(This tutorial is no longer available but get the ultimate guide to Sharpie mugs here).

Arrow Shoes

Use a ton of colors to draw your favorite patterns on a pair of white shoes – I love these arrows!

Learn more about the project at I Am Jess W

Painted Labels

Use a Sharpie paint pen to draw any font on glass – just tape to the inside and draw!

Find out more at ‘a casarella

Anthro Knock Off

Recreate a $7,500 piece of wall art using plates from the dollar store with Sharpies – this is brilliant!

Get the instructions at While They Snooze

Nail Art

Paint white or light colored polish on your nails – then add little birds with a Sharpie. Let dry and paint a clear coat on top to seal.

Photo credit from Pshiiit

Simple Keychains

Draw whatever you like on wood discs from the craft store – then add a keychain hardware to finish. This is one of those Sharpie crafts that makes a great gift!

Learn more about the project at How About Orange

Light It Up

This silhouette look is easy to get on a lampshade with a Sharpie – just use your favorite color.

Find the how-to at the Sharpie blog

Doodle Light Bulbs

Don’t throw away those old light bulbs – draw on them with Sharpies to make unique home decor.

Find the instructions at Eclectically Vintage

Sharpie Dinnerware

Use Sharpies on all of your dishware! Just don’t let the Sharpie-d part come in contact with food – but they are great for decorative purposes.

See how it was done at The Sweetest Occasion

Desk/Bar Makeover

Julia re-did her bar and desk by adding a unique “wallpaper” pattern with gold Sharpie.

See how she did it at Cuckoo 4 Design

If you love crafts with Sharpies – let us know your favorites in the comments! I’d also love for you to visit these other popular projects on the blog I think you’d enjoy:

The post 20+ Fun Sharpie Crafts: The Ultimate List appeared first on DIY Candy.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Are you looking for a handmade Mother’s Day card idea that both littles and adults will have fun making? This is that card – so simple and darling!

Is it just me? Or are handmade cards THE BEST? I’m a big ol’ softie because cards decorated with markers, crayons, and stickers make my mom heart melt every single time. Hi! I’m Leslie from Pink Stripey Socks.

Today I’m sharing a really easy and modern Mother’s Day card that kids can make for the special ladies in their lives. You probably have a lot of these supplies already on hand in your craft stash.

And actually, this Mother’s Day card isn’t just for the kids – adults will love making them too. I suggest making one not only for your own mom but any mother in your life that needs a special greeting!

How to Make a Handmade Mother’s Day Card

Here are the materials you’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Circle Stickers
  • Stapler
  • Washi Tape

Now let’s make this adorable card!

1. Fold a sheet of paper in half to be your card.

2. Cut out a small rectangle. (Mine was approximately 4”x7.”) Draw lines on the paper to represent the flower stems.

3. Accordion fold your rectangle and staple it.

4. Decorate your circle stickers to look like flowers. Cut the green circle stickers in half to resemble leaves.

5. Now it’s time to release your inner florist and decorate your card! Stick on your accordion folded rectangle to look like flower stems. Then, add your stickers to look like flowers and leaves.

Hope you have a fun time making this easy, colorful, and modern Mother’s Day card! Check out my blog, Pink Stripey Socks for more colorful and kid-friendly Mother’s Day crafts!

Happy making, friends! If you’re looking for some additional Mother’s Day goodies that are guaranteed fun, you’ll want to take a peek at these other projects:

The post Floral Handmade Mother’s Day Card (So E... appeared first on DIY Candy.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Your kids are going to love making these DIY bookmarks with a twist – just add paint chips and confetti made from tissue paper. So easy!

Skills Required: None. Any skill level can make these bookmarks, even if you’ve never crafted before. I would say this project is great for kids ages 3 and up – and adults too, of course!

Looking forward to the new school year? I sure am! Every year I do a happy dance around the end of August because I love seeing all the cute new designs for backpacks, notebooks, and pens. Hi! It’s Leslie from Pink Stripey Socks.

Today’s craft is school themed to celebrate the arrival – we’re making Confetti Bookmarks! Hooray! My son enjoyed these cat bookmarks and these paint chip bookmarks so much that we decided to make an additional set of bookmarks for kids . . . this time in a different style.

How to Make a Bookmark

This is a pretty cool bookmark craft because you probably already have the supplies in your stash – perhaps with the exception of the clear contact paper. BUT you’ve got a few options for supplies.

For the frame of the bookmark, you’re going to use some sort of sturdy paper – you can choose cardstock, scrapbook paper, or even paint chips. You just want something that is going to provide a bit of a stable frame so that your bookmark lasts.

For the clear portion of the bookmark in the center, you’re going to use contact paper. I do have a little tip for you though – if you don’t have contact paper readily available, use clear packaging tape!

I had luck finding clear contact paper at Dollar Tree, and I saw it at Target too. The nice thing about the contact paper is that it doesn’t have any lines, because you can use continuous piece. Makes for more of a clean DIY bookmark.

Ready to make your own DIY bookmarks? Let’s go!

DIY Bookmarks for Kids

Gather These Supplies

  • Sturdy paper – either cardstock, paint chips, or scrapbook paper
  • Tissue paper (other options: construction paper, sequins, or circle stickers)
  • Clear contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Craft knife and mat
  • Cutting mat
  • Hole punch

Step 1:
Let’s create confetti! Grab several sheets of tissue paper and fold them together (I folded about 10 sheets in half). Then, use your hole puncher to create confetti.

Alternatively, you can also use construction paper or scrapbook paper to create confetti too! I just happened to have tissue paper on hand.

Step 2:
Now let’s create the border for your bookmark. Cut out a bookmark template from a regular sheet of paper. Then, trace and cut out your template using a colorful paint chip or other sturdy sheet.

Step 3:
Cut out two pieces of clear contact paper. Make the second sheet slightly larger than your first. (Having a larger second sheet helps you to easily cover the first sheet of contact paper.) Peel off the backing and tape the smaller sheet of contact paper, sticky side up, onto your work surface.

Step 4:
Gently stick on your bookmark border. Then, sprinkle on your confetti! Your bookmarks for kids are nearly complete.

Step 5:
Once you’re done, peel off the backing from your second sheet of contact paper and carefully stick it to your first. Then, cut out your bookmarks!

Trust me, you’re not going to stop at making just one. Soon you’ll have a bunch of colorful, confetti bookmarks to celebrate your love of reading and the start of the school year!

If you liked this handmade bookmark craft, you’ll also like:

Happy making, friends!

The post Easy Kids Craft: Confetti DIY Bookmarks appeared first on DIY Candy.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Make these cute and easy GIANT DIY greeting cards! Yup. These are the extremely large cousins of your typical grocery store cards. Aren’t they a hoot?

Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something super fun about seeing GIANT things. Hi! It’s Leslie from Pink Stripey Socks! Today I’m sharing a really neat series of GIANT greeting cards! Yup.

These are the extremely large cousins of your typical grocery store cards. Aren’t they a hoot? They’re easy to make and sure to provide giggles and laughs all around!

Ready? Ok! Let’s get crafting!

Giant Greeting Cards

Here are the materials you’ll need:

  • Clean corrugated cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Scissor
  • Paint Brush
  • Craft Paint

Alrighty, let’s make some GIANT greeting cards!

1. Print out images that you’d like to incorporate into your cards.
2. Sketch your images onto corrugated cardboard. Then, cut them out.

3. Paint your images on! (I found that I needed 2 layers of paint to get really vibrant colors.)

4. Once your paint dries, write a message on the back. Then, hand them out to co-workers, family members, classmates, and friends!

I hope you have a fun time crafting these GIANT greeting cards. If you have kids, I’m sure they’d love to dive on in and make some too!

If you liked these DIY cards, you’ll also love these super easy kid-friendly DIY gift ideas!

Happy making, friends! Don’t forget to visit me on the blog as well as follow on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Bloglovin.!

The post Make Colorful Giant DIY Greeting Cards appeared first on DIY Candy.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Make your own spin painter by using a household item as a spin painter! This DIY spin art machine is so fun for kids to do – it’s budget friendly and easy to set up.

Check out the video at the end of this post to see it in action! You’ll get to see how easy it is.

We love painting with kids around here – have you seen our rainbow painted pots or our sidewalk chalk paint recipe? We decided to add another, similar craft to our repertoire: spin painting. What a blast from the past!

Did you love spin art as much as I when you were a kid?? My spin painter was one Christmas gift that really went the distance! Spin art has been around since the 1960s and there are plenty of ways to accomplish it. Most common is a spin art machine you can buy.

Spin Painter

The thing is – you don’t need to buy a spin art machine. You can make your own spin painter! And I’m going to show you how.

If you remember trying spin art, there was always something so exciting about experimenting with different paint combinations and then dropping them in to see it splatter into cool, colorful designs. You can recreate the fun with something really basic from your kitchen . . . a salad spinner!

What Paint to Use

You’re going to want to choose a waterbased, acrylic paint for this application. Tempera paint will also work! Nothing oil based should be use as you’re looking for something that is child friendly. I recommend Apple Barrel acrylic paint or Crayola paints – both are safe for kids.

Cover Your Work Surface

Don’t forget to cover the area before beginning. Newspaper is a great option for this, or a plastic tablecloth from the dollar store. If you want to protect clothing I’d put kids in aprons too. Better safe than sorry and no one likes collateral damage!

Salad Spinner vs. Spin Art Machine

How is the salad spinner versus a spin art machine you’d buy online? Well, the salad spinner is definitely the more cost effective choice of the two. I got my salad spinner for $.99 at IKEA, and many times you can get them for similar prices at the thrift store.

We had paper and paint on hand. It looks like spin painters online are about $13 and up, and they come with limited paint and paper.

Besides that there are two big differences.

1) With most spin art machines that you purchase, there is a clear top/splatter cover that allows children to see what designs they are making as they add various colors of ink or paint. Your salad spinner art is going to be a surprise. Having said that, you can always add more paint and close the lid again if you don’t like what you see!

2) I found the salad spinner to make thicker lines and blotches of paint while the spin painter seems more detailed. Having said that, the acrylic paint I used is thicker than the paint that comes with machines. So you’re welcome to thin out the acrylic paint for more similar effects! We just used paint straight out of the bottle.

Either way, this spin art activity is going to be HUGELY fun for all involved! Here’s how to make your own.

DIY Spin Art Machine

You’ll need:

  • salad spinner {mine is from IKEA . . . or can be ordered here}
  • paper plates or paper cut to fit inside spinner
  • paint

Then all you do is place a plate or piece of paper in the bottom of the spinner, add in a few squirts of paint, and give it a good spin!

If you want to use paper, simply cut cardstock to fit inside the spinner. You’ll want to use something thick like cardstock so that the paper doesn’t fold over on itself while its spinning.

We tried so many different colors of paint. Metallics, neons, and glow in the dark are fun too. Carefully remove your spin painter art and let it dry when you’re done . . . and then create beautiful crafts with all of your work.

With a simple salad spinner, I shared my favorite 1980s craft with my littles. I think they’re as hooked as I used to be!

What Can You Do with Spin Art?

So many things! Here are just a few ideas. And there are so many more!

  1. Hang on clothespins and string to make a garland
  2. Make a paper plate mask
  3. Turn them into cookie baskets and gift to friends
  4. Make dreamcatchers
  5. Make crowns and wear to a party
Teaching with Spin Art

I mentioned that spin art has been around since the 60s. Did you know that it can be seen in the works of many contemporary artists?

Alfons Shilling was one of the first to be interested in this technique, and then in the late 60s Annick Gendron used industrial wheels to spin paint onto Plexiglas. If you’re a homeschooler or into art history, this activity could be perfect with a contemporary art lesson.

Don’t forget to check out the video to see how easy this activity is to do and how much fun we had:

Find other projects and simple recipes like this on my blog, a pretty cool life. and find me on instagram, pinterest, facebook, and twitter!

We’ve got tons of kids’ crafts on the blog – I hope you’ll check out some of our favorites here:

The post DIY Spin Art Machine with a Salad Spinner appeared first on DIY Candy.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Did you know that you can dye fabric by pounding flowers? This unique flower tote bag makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift – and the kids will love creating it!

I saw a tutorial for flower hammering/pounding a while back, and I knew that I just had to try it with my kids. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I thought we’d make some prints on a tote bag for a fun Mother’s Day gift.

A tote bag is perfect since you don’t really have to wash it, and the natural flower dyes are less likely to fade away. These were so fun and easy for the kids to make, and they turned out really beautiful!

DIY Flower Tote Bag

Supplies needed:

  • cotton tote – Note that this is a thinner cotton tote, not canvas. I think canvas would be too rough, so I found this thinner one at Hobby Lobby
  • alum powder – I bought this online
  • rubber gloves
  • parchment paper
  • masking tape
  • flowers
  • board
  • hammer

To help the natural dyes take to the fabric, you need to prepare the bag first. Wash the bag to get rid of any residue. Next, dissolve 1/4 cup of alum in 2 cups of hot water. Soak the bag in the mixture, wring it out, and let it air dry.

Do not wash or rinse the bag again before dyeing. Iron it to get out all of the wrinkles. When using the alum, make sure to wear your gloves and don’t use any utensils or containers that are going to come in contact with food later.

Once your bag is ready, slip a piece of wax or parchment paper inside to keep the flower dye from leaking through.

Gather your flowers and leaves. The smaller ones that we used are marigolds and petunias, but I’m not sure what the other ones are. The marigolds definitely worked the best. I love the bright orange!

If the flower is really full, with lots of layers of petals, you’ll want to pluck a bunch off first, so the prints come out nicer. I left the green stems on the the flowers, but told the kids not to hammer them.

You can try to take them off, but I didn’t want the flowers to fall apart. Lay your flowers out on the bag, and secure them with lots of masking tape.

Put the bag on top of your board and hammer away! Be careful with any extra “juicy” plants. The leaves we used splattered if you hit them too hard, and I even got squirted with one! The kids thought that was hilarious.

Also make sure you hit every part of the flowers. At first we had some flower prints that turned out just looking like a bunch of dots/hammer marks. It’s a good idea to try it out on some scrap fabric or paper first.

Peel the flowers and tape off to reveal your print! So exciting!

We added some more flowers and even a few random petals here and there.

When you are done, let everything dry, then put another piece of parchment paper on top of the bag and iron over your design with a hot, dry iron. This will help the colors set in and keep them from fading.

I don’t know how well the dyes will hold up in the wash, so I don’t recommend washing unless you really need to.

This flower tote bag was seriously such a great craft for the kids (and me). You have to try it out and make a Mother’s Day gift of your own! I want to plant more flowers just so we can make more pretty designs!

For more crafts like this, check out the following ideas – these are some of my favorite for Mother’s Day:

The post Mother’s Day Gift: Pounded Flower Tote ... appeared first on DIY Candy.

Read Full Article

Read for later

Articles marked as Favorite are saved for later viewing.
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Separate tags by commas
To access this feature, please upgrade your account.
Start your free month
Free Preview