T-Shirt Reconstruction DIY

 

Hi Lovelies,

So I got this pretty darn cool T-Shirt from my amazing brazilian friend Samira back in CT. I never wore it though due to it being kinda big on me. Now  I had some time on my hands and I decided to reconstuct this T-Shirt to make it more custom and fitting. And if your’re interested in refashion one yourself I worte down a tutorial and took some pics so you can easily do it yourself as well!

So let’s get started. You’ll need:

  • Old baggy T-Shirt
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Tailors Chalk

T-Shirt Reconstruction DIY

Step 1
Draw a curve running one inch off the collar and cut it off using the fabric scissors.
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Step 2
Fold the back of the shirt in half. I used a folder to mark the stripes evenly.
Cut even strips about an inch wide from the top to the bottom. Gradually get wider towards the bottom. Pull the stripes individually to form string.
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Step 3
Use a pillow or two to stuff in the Shirt. This will make braiding easier. You could also use cardboard or a (if you have one and if you do I’m pretty jealous) mannequin. The top strand goes over the bottom and you pull the bottom strand through and continue like this with all the strings. You could also twist the strand before pulling the next one trough to create a different pattern. You can do this as often as you want to create a unique pattern. The last strand has to get cut in half and knotted on each side to secure the braids.

While cutting I cut trough a couple of strands by mistake. But that’s not a big deal just knot them back together and in the end you just cut off the excess fabric from the knot.
T-shirt reconstruction

T-shirt reconstruction
Step 4
Cut off the sleeves and youré basically done. You will have a tank top. I didn’t like the look of it so I twisted the sleeves and now I like mine way better but that’s up to you.
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I would love to see how yours turn out. Leave a comment with a link to your results :)

Linoleum Block Print DIY

So yesterday I went to the Stijl Art Fair in Mainz, Germany. It was amazing! So many creative people! You where able to buy furniture, artwork, accessories and clothing. We spend the whole day wandering around looking at everything and getting super inspired.20140615-101345-36825315.jpg

There was a booth from Dawanda.

DaWanda is the online marketplace for unique and handmade items. There are more than 270,000 shops on DaWanda that offer you products handmade with love, products that can be customised to match your ideas.

It was really cool! You where allowed to create your very own linoleum print. And I really want to share this super easy and fun DIY with you.

DIY Lino Block Prints:

First you need a lino block, gouges, brayer, linoleum ink(s), paper, a pencil and eraser.

One you decided what design you want to create start sketching on the Lino block. I wanted to create a Rolleiflex camera.

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Block printing works in reverse so if you use lettering make sure to write it in reverse.

Once you’re happy with the design you can begin cutting. Remember the raised areas are going to be shown printed. It’s called carving out the negative space. Be very careful while cutting. Lino is very soft and gouges are pretty sharp.
A neat trick to creating round shapes is to move the block in a circle instead of the gouge.

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So I had to cut away a lot on the outside of my image. It took me over an hour until I was done. Once you’re happy with your design you can begin printing, hurray! Dawanda offered old books where you could rip out pages for printing

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When you start printing make sure not to use too much paint or the creases will get filled with paint. A small drop is enough. Spread it evenly on the brayer. Than use the brayer on your Lino design.

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When you turn the block around use your hands or a big heavy book to press the block on the paper to evenly transfer the image. And voilá, done! :) Let the print dry thoroughly. The good part about Block Printing is that you can easily create tons of copies of your creation. If you want to change colors make sure to rinse the ink off, let the block dry, and repeat the tranfser process.

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I really enjoy how this do-it-yourself turned out and my camera found lots of attraction. People sitting next to me asked me if they can do a print for themselves using my design! I guess it was worth sitting there cutting it for so long :) Of course I let them print it. I felt quiet honored!

I was able to take some prints home and my lino design aswell. It’s so much fun I’m actually considering doing it more often :)

Deer Antlers DIY wall decor

Hi Guys, it’s about time for a new tutorial, yay!

So I bought this beautfiful deer skull with some cute antlers on a fleamarket. Yes, I do love fleamarkets. Basically all my DIY’s are created due to fleamarket finds, haha.

Antler DIY Walldecor

Antler DIY Walldecor

Alright let me show you what I did here:

So when I bought my deer skull it was already dismantled from the base which is actually pretty neat for which I was planning to due anyways. (Also it was a lot cheaper that way) I didn’t like the natural wood finish on the base and wanted to spice it up a bit.

Antler DIY Walldecor

Antler DIY Walldecor

As you can see the base still had some old glue on it.

Antler DIY Walldecor

Antler DIY Walldecor

It’s very important to sand off all the bumps and get it nice and smooth. It’n not only prettier that way but also makes it easier for the paint to hold on the wood.

Antler DIY Walldecor

Antler DIY Walldecor

Now you can grap whatever paint you like to color your base. I used a bronze metallic acryl shade that I scored on sale a while ago. Yay to super cheap DIY’s, right?

Antler DIY Walldecor

Antler DIY Walldecor

Antler DIY Walldecor

Antler DIY Walldecor

After the paint has fully tried you can use a hot glue gun to glue the skull back onto the base. And that’s all that is to it. The whole thing took about 2h with drying time for the paint and did cost under 8$!

 

Antler DIY Walldecor

Antler DIY Walldecor

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DIY BOKEH SHAPE

DIY BOKEH SHAPE

So I finally came around to do this tutorial which I planned to craft for a while :)
It’s really easy and took me about 30min to finish up. It’s a nice Sunday afterenoon craft to do.

So here’s what you’ll need

  • Black cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Tape (preferable black)
  • X acto knife

Step 1: Cut the cardboard
So let’s start by cutting the cardboard so that it will fit around your lens and tape it together. Make sure you don’t fi it too tight as it will hard to slide of.
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Step 2: Tape together
Next you’ll cut out a circle in the diameter of you lens. I left some corners so it’s easier to tape on to your cylinder shape.
Using the x-acto blade, I cut slits into the circle so I can easily chage the shapes. Now all you have to do is to tape it all together and cut out all the shapes you feel like. Unfortunately I don’t own any shape punchers so my heart and my star look a little wacky lol
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Make sure the size of your heart is big enough. At first I made it too small and I had a major vignette and a lot of light loss as you can see int the images. The last one and the brightest one is just the lens without the bokeh shaper but with the exact same settings. So you have to be aware of how much light you loose and set you’re camera acordingly.

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Step 3: Experiment

Set your camera to its lowest aperture value (completely open). I used the Canon 50mm 1.8 so I used 1.8.
And now go out in the world and enjoy the endless possibilities of your new bokeh! Mother’s day is coming up and you could turn a heart shape bokeh picture into a handmade card by just printing it out :)
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This little bug was interested in some crafting as well ;)

DIY Terrarium

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I always wanted to make a Terrarium. So the holiday season was a perfect opportunity to test my skills.
The trend of DIY Terrariums is on for a while now. You can see tons of them at florists at the moment but why don’t make one on your own? It’s pretty simple, honestly, and looks super professional. :) Also there’s nothing better than a personalized DIY gift, right?
So let’s start with a list of Materials:

  • Succulents (pick which ever you like best but they must be small)
  • Clear Glas vase, jar, bowl ( I like high, round ones)
  • Cacteen soil (I think Home Depot sells that too)
  • Clay pot pieces, or clay balls ( used as a false drainage layer)

Tipp: Keep succulents and cacti together and keep fern and tropical plants together. They need a different amounts of water and soil.

Step 1: Imagen your Terrarium

Imagine how you want to arrange your plants inside the vase. Maybe test it out see how well they will fit.

Step 2: Insert Clay pieces

Fill your vase wit the clay pieces until you can’t see the bottom anymore.This is to create a false drainage layer so water can settle and not flood the plants.
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Step 3: Insert Plants

Arrange the plants the way you like them best. If they’re too long don’t worry you can just cut of a pieces and stick it in the soil. That’s the great thing about succulents. It wil just get roots and grow back! Remeber to keep your plants away from the edges or they might not have enough room to grow.

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Step 3: Add soil

Carefully add soil. If some of it lands on your plants just brush it of with a paintbrush. Add as much as you need to cover the roots. I also cut of one of the branches of my succulent that stuck out too much and just stuck it back into the soil.
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And you’re all set! Wrap a bow around it and make someone happy (Or just keep it) ;)
Just remember to keep it in a nice light space so they get enough sun. You hardly ever need to water it since succulents hardly need any water. All you have to do is pick out the dying or wilting leaves so it keeps looking nice and clean and to maintain the health of the little eco system. If a whole plant dies, take it out as well.
You can also add all kinds of little decorational pieces. For example if you give it too a superhero fan add a plastic figure of his favorite character. The overall costs are around 15$ depending on where you get your supplies from. You can find gorgeous vases in thrift stores like Goodwill for a couple of bucks.
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My Terrarium even started blooming after a week or so. What a great surprise! Seems like I have a green thumb for Terrariums. :)
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Und hier nochmal in Deutsch.
Ich wollte schon immer mal ein Terrarium machen. Der Hype darum ist ja schon lange im Netz und jetzt zu Weihnachten dachte ich mir es wird Zeit es mal auszuprobieren. Und es ist ja auch nebenbei eine ganz schöne Geschenkidee.
Hier erstmal eine Materialliste:

  • Succulenten ( welche auch immer Ihr am schönsten findet)
  • durchsichtige Glasvase
  • Tonstücke (damit die Plfanzen nicht zu nass werden)
  • Kakteenerde (gibts im Baumarkt)

Schritt 1: Planung

Stelle dir vor wie du die Planzen arrangieren möchtest. Stelle sie probeweise mal in die Vase um deine gewünschte Anordnung zu finden. Die Pflanzen dürfen nicht zu nah am Rand sein, da sie sonst nicht genug Platz zum wachsen habe.

Schritt 2: Tonstücke einfüllen

Zuerst muss der Boden mit den Tonstücken befüllt werden bis man den Grund nicht mehr sehen kann. Falls versehentlich später mal zu viel gegossen wurde nehmen die Tonkugeln das überschüssige Wasser auf, sodass die Planzen nicht ertrinken.

Schritt 3: Pflanzen einsetzten

Jetzt werden die Pflanzen so eingesetzt wie man sich das in Schritt 1 überlegt hat.

Schritt 4: Erde reinschütten

Sobald man mit den Pflanzen zufrieden ist füllt man mit der Kakteenerde auf bis die Wurzeln bedeckt sind. Wenn etwas auf den Pflanzen landet einfach runterbürsten z.B. mit einem Pinsel.

Und schon ist es fertig! Schleife drum und unter den Baum gestellt. Mach bestimmt einen tollen Eindruck! Das ganze kostet ca. 20 Euro und somit auch echt preiswert. Mein Terrarium hat sogar nach einer Woche angefangen zu blühen! Hab wohl einen grünen Daumen *lach* Viel Spaß beim nachbasteln!

Make Bubbles with a Straw!

Today we decided to make some bubbles outside. We still had some bubble liquid at home but we coudln’t find the bubble wand so we simply used a straw and got amazing results! A  lot of cute little bubbles shot out of the straw and with some patience we could even control the size by how fast you blow trough the straw.

If you don’t have buble liquid at home try mixing your own. Use liquid dish washing detergent. 1 part deterent and 15 parts water. I read that mixing it with corn syrup will help but you’ll have to decide what you like better.

Enjoy!

 

It’s my 24th birthday today!

Can’t believe another year has passed. This year is going to be full of grown up desicions.

Moving back to Germany is one of them. Beginning again a new life another. I’m currently signing up for Universities all over Germany. Le’ts just cross fingers that I’ll get a spot and I can start studying Media Management. That would be a dream!

Today I’m going to spend my birthday working, the whole day until 10pm at night. Yes, not really a great way to celebrate but hey with 24 unfortunately you’re too grown up to complain about missing cake and party hats. I’ll have a nice dinner with friends this thursday. And for Memoriald Day weekend I’ll travel to Annapolis with a good friend. So overall it won’t be too bad.

And so I’m off to work. Maybe I’ll stop at Starbucks and buy a Birthday Cake Pop.

Pimp your Phone Case!

I bought this really cheap Iphone Case in Chinatown for 5$. It’s nice but nothing special so I decided to make it more unique. I have tons of scrapbook paper at home so I picked a page and cut it out fitting to my luckily translucent Case. I love it and get a lot of compliments for it. Here is the quick and super easy tutorial for it. Have fun pimping yours!

DIY recycled Cardboard Laptop Stand

I found this fun tutorial the other night and I really liked the Idea. Since I just purchased my first Laptop I’m obsessed with everything Laptop related. I bought a Dell Latitude 6400 refurbished over Dell Auctions. So far I like it.

So anyway yesterday night I sat down and recreated the Laptop Stand. I had several problems though. Seems like my Laptop was too heavy for the construction so I modify the pattern so that it fits my Computer. Also I had to fix the front holding parts with some tape since they buckled.

It’s not the most fashioned Laptop Stand but for my 0$ Project it’s more than good enough. You’ll find the pattern here.

Crochet Camera Strap Cover and Lens Pouch

One of my photographers friends birthday came up and so I wanted to come up with a unique and fun gift idea. Since I love to crochet I thought maybe I can combine my passion with a photography related craft.

I found a really good tutorial here for a Strap but what I’m also always missing is a place to put my Lens Cap. So I decided to come up with a pattern myself and I really like how it turned out.

It’s a great gift ! So easy and fun to make!

This is my first crochet Tutorial :) Enjoy!

Lens Cap Pattern

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
ea = each
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch

Pouch

To Begin: Chain 3.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st in first sc, to join.
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in ea sc around. Sl st in first sc, to join. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: ch 1, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. Sl st in first sc, to join. (18 sc)
Rnd 4: ch 1, (sc in ea of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. Sl st in first sc, to join. (24 sc)

Additional Rounds : Add 1 extra sc stitch to the number of sc stitches between increases (an increase is done by making 2 sc in one stitch). Until the size is a little bit bigger than the aperture of your biggest Lens Cap.

Make two and stitch them together using sl. Leaving an opening wide enough for your Cap to fit trough.

Strap

Rnd 1: chain 6
Rnd 2: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch.
Rnd 3-9: Same as row 2

Finish off and sew each end on to the Pouch. Attention make sure the opening of the pouch faces upwards so that the Lens Cap cannot fall out while carrying.
The Pouch is detachable because I wasn’t sure if my friend is going to need it. And also you could attach it to whatever you like better. (camera bag pack, tripod…)