Do-It-Yourself Shirt

A simple, fun way to revamp an old t-shirt into a stylish tank top! This tutorial not only gives step by step instructions on how to get this look, it has tips on where to find more fun projects.

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Wall Garden

Sick of living in a room with monotonous white walls? Ever wish you could add a touch of color to a room without having to use paint? Well the answer is here.

Tapestries have been an implement element of decor since the 3rd century B.C. They not only add color and texture to a room, but they can also be quite expressive. The types and styles have a variety of ranges, from elaborate depictions of famous artwork such as this piece recreating”The Birth of Venus” or the more simplistic designs like this elegant floral design.

Recently, tapestries have been trending in design and decor stores (such as Urban Outfitters, World Market, and Pottery Barn) and can be found in younger, hipper spaces. They are popular among college students and young adults alike.

Cal Poly freshman Rebecca Taylor explained what drew her to purchasing one. “I like how it makes it feel more homey,” Taylor said. “It completely changes the mood of the room.”

But many of these shops charge upwards of $50.

“I was looking to get one, but when I saw how expensive they were I decided against it,” stated Brianna White, a Cuesta student.

Here we will be showing how you can make it yourself for under $20.

HOW TO!

The tapestry we will be making here will look as if a garden is growing out of your wall!

You will need:

  • White sheer fabric ( your choice of yardage, I got about 3.5 yards and it cost about $15)
  • Needle, pins and thread
  • Fabric flowers of choice ( I used red roses from the dollar store, 2 bunches of 6 flowers)
  • White Christmas lights (optional)
  • Push pins

Directions:

  1. Iron out your fabric so as to eliminate wrinkles. From her cut the buds off of your flower arrangement. Be sure to save the leaves for this adds to the effect. 
  2. Position the fabric flowers to your desired position. Be sure to change it up so it does not look too orchestrated. Have some facing upward, outward, down, and sideways. Maybe cluster some and have others solo.
  3. Once positioned, sew the flowers and leaves to the fabric. They do not need to be sewn completely around, just tacked on in one spot enough to hold the position.
  4. When finished, take a step back. Decide at this point if Christmas lights are something you would choose to incorporate.
  5. Begin hanging! Using push pins, pull the fabric tight and put a pin in each of the four corners. Add more around the border for security as necessary.

And there you have it! 5 easy steps

Serving it Up

From toddlers to the elderly, decorating and personalizing ceramics is a relaxing way to demonstrate creativity. Plus, the product is a handmade piece that can be used or given as a gift.

There are myriad ceramic shops located throughout the country that allow patrons to come in and paint items of their choice. This includes figurines, dishes, vases and various other knick knacks. Heather Gelfound of Paint Pals in Simi Valley explained the attraction to this particular art form. “It’s versatile because a ceramic can be painted any way that a person desires. It can be baked in an oven for a smooth finish or it can be glossed with a spray,” Gelfound said.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student Rachelle Beaudoin said she would use this as an idea for a gift. “Hand made gifts are special because you know a lot of time and effort went into it,” Beaudoin said. ” And i think that’s more important than how much money it cost.”

Gina Allen of Firefly Ceramics stated, ” There are a variety of age groups and experience levels. Some take it more seriously than others, but it’s a lot of fun no matter what.” She elaborated by saying that the studio hosts everything from children’s birthday parties, to baby showers and more.

However, these shops tend to be a bit pricey. They can vary from $5-45 depending on what is being made and the establishment. It can be made for under $5, and here is how!

What you will need:

  • A plate or cup ( I got my plates for $1 each at Ross)
  • Pencil
  • Permanent  marker (any color you choose)
  • Oven

Directions:

  1. Wash your plate or cup well and be sure to remove price tags and dust.
  2. Find your decorative inspiration. This can be song lyrics, quotes, book segments, or stencils!
  3. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. In pencil, layout your design in order to assure there is space.

4. Go over your pencil design with the permanent marker. (TIP: If you find you are unhappy with the way it looks or if you make a mistake, a sponge and dish soap will do the trick)

5. When you are happy with your look, put your item in the oven for 30 minutes.

6.When it is done, carefully remove it from the oven. It will be very hot so use hot pads or oven mits for safety.

And there you have it! The design is set into your piece and will remain wash after wash!