Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November Craft Product of the Month

Hey Everyone!

      It's beginning to feel a!!!! It's so cold out today and that only makes me more in the mood to decorate, but we still have a ways to go before then! Next week is my birthday and then Thanksgiving follows so there are plenty of activities to be had before Christmas starts! Although, I will admit, I've already done most of my Christmas shopping but that's no surprise to anyone that really knows me. :)

For this post, I am sharing a craft product that I really love. I have had several coworkers ask me about different products and how to use them. It got me thinking: maybe I should write a "Craft Product of the Month" post. So here it goes!!

Because I've been working on a lot of DIY Christmas Decor items (which I will share in the next couple of weeks), I have been using this product a lot to achieve the rustic, old fashioned look that I love. 

Americana Gel Stains

I would say the condition of the bottle is absolutely an indication to how much I love it! :) The reason I love this product is because it has multiple uses AND it's super easy to use. If you want to use it as a stain, find an old towel to work it into your wood project. The more stain you work into it, the deeper the color. If you prefer the dark wood color without the simple stain, apply with a paint brush and allow to dry. This use will require at least two coats. 
I use it for staining! I buy unfinished and inexpensive wood boxes and products that you can find in Hobby Lobby and then add my own touch to them with some stain. 

You can get these gel stains in many shades! To find them, look down the bottled acrylic paint aisle and look to the right and at the bottom of the rack. 

These stains are so much cheaper than wood stains at your local home improvement store. Plus, if you're just wanting to do a small staining project, you don't need those large cans.

Be sure to give this product a try and let me know what you think! 

Have a great week!!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Halloween 2013 DIY: Captain America Costume

Hey Ya'll!!!

It's my favorite time of the year again and I'm so excited to share some projects that I've been working on.

For Halloween, I was able to dress up as a Superhero at work. This worked out perfectly for me because I'm a total nerd at heart! I knew I wanted to make a more feminine version so I decided to go with a simple costume and a tutu. Here's what it looks like!

...and here's how to make it...

You'll need:

Blue Tights
Blue and Red Felt
White Glittery Foam 
Blue Top (Mine is a $7 special from Target)
Blue Grosgrain Ribbon
White Tulle
Red Tulle

So Initially, I bought 100 yds of Red tulle and 25 yards of White tulle. HOWEVER, I ended up using about 200 yards of red and 75 yards of white.

1. Start by creating a bow with your ribbon. Then, at the end of the bow wrap the ribbon around your waist and cut. This gives you the proper length for both the tutu and it's attached bow at the end.

2. Cut your tulle into strips. Because tulle is difficult to cut in perfect strips, I suggest buying tulle in rolls instead of by the yard at the fabric store. This saves you time and you only have to cut the length instead of the width as well. To get the proper length, roll the tulle from your hip and down your leg. I chose a longer length because I'm tall and I wanted it to be appropriate for work. Once you have the length that you want DOUBLE IT! You want the strips to be twice as long as the length of the tutu so that you can slip knot them onto the ribbon.

3. Find the center of your ribbon.

4. Half each strip of tulle, forming a loop with your fingers. Feed the loop under the ribbon.

5. Pull the strips around the ribbon and through the loop. Pull into a tight knot.

6. Because I was using 2 colors, I created a pattern of three reds per every 1 white. Continue slip knotting the tulle strips until the tulle has wrapped around your waist. Bring the two ends of the tutu around your waist and tie a bow with the ribbon tails. 

7. For an accent piece, I used some remaining ribbon to make a bracelet. Cutting various circles out of felt and a star out of glittery foam, I formed the Captain America shield. I used superglue to attach the various layers to the ribbon. I also cut a larger star out of the glittery foam to stick to my shirt.

I think next year I'm going to add blue felt stars to my tutu.

Let me know what you think!