Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DIY French Manicure

 So this past weekend I had formal (sorority prom pretty much), and instead of going out and getting my nails done I decided to give myself a french manicure, I've been doing it this way for a while now and have really gotten the hang of it. It is super easy and doesn't take much time to do!

Materials needed:

  1. Hole reinforcers (white circle stickers used to fixed a ripped hole for a piece of paper)
  2. White Nail Polish
  3. Nude/Light Pink Nail Polish
  4. Clear/Topcoat Nail Polish
  5. Q-Tips
  6. Finger Nail Polish Remover
The nail polishes that I used in this tutorial are in the pictures below.

First things first have your nails shaped the way you want them and how long you want them to be. Next you want to place the stickers on your nail. Place them below your nail line, I did mine pretty far down because I wanted a little thicker tip this time, but it all depends on your preference. After you have all your stickers on your nails they should look like this.

Next you are going to use your white finger nail polish and paint the tips of your nails, using the stickers as your outline. Do one coat of the white, let it dry, then do another coat of white again, so you have a thick layer of white. Your nails should look like this once the white has been painted on. 

Once your white nail polish is dry slowly take off each sticker from your nails. The tips will not look perfect, but they will soon! Your nails should look like this when you take the stickers off.

Now it's time to shape the tips. Take about 5-6 Q-tips (one tip for each nail). Dip the Q-tip in nail polish remover, then take the Q-tip and shape the tips. 

This takes some practice for your opposite writing hand. Get the excess polish off the corners of your nail and the excess that came up when the sticker came off.  Rub the Q-tip along the rough line and it should start shaping up. Once you are done your nails should look like this.

Now put the nude/light pink nail polish on the entire nail, even the white tip. You will only do one coat of this color polish. Let the nail polish dry and your nails should look like this.

Once the nude is all dry, put the clear/topcoat on the entire nail and let it dry. Your french manicure is now complete!! This should last you for about a week, if you aren't too rough with them. I get a ton of compliments on these, many people think I went and got them done professionally, pssh! Just saved $15+ on it, I hope you all enjoy!!! :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

DIY Tie-Dye

Hey guys! I know it's been a while since I've had a new post, but I have been extremely busy with school and a moving situation. Now I finally have some free time, so I am going to show you guys how I tie-dye. :)

First things first you are going to need a few things:
1. Actual tie-dye
2. Squirt bottles to hold the dye (mine are hair dye bottles from Sally's)
3. Salt
4. Rubber Bands
5. Piece of clothing that is white and 100% cotton
6. Trash bag
7. Ziploc bag or a grocery bag (make sure there are no holes in it)
8. Plastic gloves
9. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty
10. A place outside to do the job

So what you want to do first is set everything up. Take your trash bag and do not open it, leave it the it is and lay it down flat outside (I put mine on the grass). Next thing you want to do is get your piece of clothing ready, I am doing a shirt in this tutorial.
Lay your shirt down flat.
 Then you are going to take your index finger and thumb and pinch in the very middle and start turning it. It doesn't matter which way you turn it, it will still be a spiral. 
 Keep turning your shirt in a circular motion.
 After you have turned it a couple times it should look like this.
 Now take your rubber bands and put them around the shirt. When you have them on the shirt make sure they are even, the sections between each rubber band of the shirt is where you are putting the dye. Depending on how many rubber bands you use, will depend on how many different colors/colors of sections you have. The shirt below I was using two different colors, and I made another shirt with three rubber bands, using two colors then mixing the two colors together, so in total three colors. Your shirt should look like this when you are done putting the rubber bands on.

 After you have the shirt done, go ahead and put it outside on your trash bag.

Next get your dye ready.

 I am using the same dye as I did in my other post about big/little gifts.

You are going to pour the dye into the squirt bottles at about the halfway point for the 1 oz. line, as you can kind of see in the picture below.

Next you are going to add salt, yes salt. I usually eyeball it here, but usually I put a teaspoon to teaspoon and a half in it.

Next you are going to put HOT water in the bottles, up to the 8 oz. line.

As soon as you have water in all of your dye bottles take them out immediately with your plastic gloves on. Put your index finger on top of squirt hole and shake the bottle. Make sure you are doing this over grass because some might come out when you are shaking it.

After all the dry dye is mixed in bottle it is time to put the dye to work!

Squirt the dye in one rubber band section and go straight across to the other section to put the same color dye on it. It should look like this, shown in the picture below.
It doesn't matter if you accidentally get dye in another section, it all turns out fine in the end! Put the different color dyes in all of the sections the same way straight across.

 Here are all the pictures I took when I was actually putting the dye on the shirts.

I did two shirts, one I did just pink dye on it and the other I did pink, purple, then pink and purple mixed together. Once you are done putting the dye on your shirts, you are going to put them in a ziploc or grocery bag. It should look like this.

Tie the bags closed, then wait for two hours for the dye to set in. You can wait longer if you want, but I have never really waited more than two hours.

Once two hours has passed you are going to take your shirts to your washing machine. You need to have it set on your lowest load size and have the water temperature set to cool or warm.

Put the shirts in the washing machine without any detergent, let it run with just the water in it.

If you get any dye on your washing machine, just simply take a wet paper towel and wipe it up. Let the washing machine do its work, once it is done, just throw your shirt into the dryer and dry it how your normally would for a cotton shirt.

Once your shirt is dry it should look like this!

Hope you all start tie-dying soon, cause seriously it's so easy! :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Big/Little DIY Gifts!

As some of you know I am in a sorority. When you are in a sorority you get a Big, a Big is someone who is your mentor within your chapter, pretty much someone you can go to when in need of advice or help. I already have a Big and I got a Little last year, which if you're a Big you call the person you are mentoring a Little. Well I got another Little this year :) and Big/Little reveal is coming up soon, which means it's present time!! For Big/Little reveal I have a budget of $30 and I'm going to show you all what I made for my lovely little that you can try yourself! :)

Tie-Dye Shirt

 I am personally obsessed with tie-dye so I decided to make my little one of my signature tie-dye shirts. 

These are the dyes I used to make her shirt. You can find these little packets of dye at Wal-Mart or any craft store for about $3. I got the purple at Michael's and the pink at Wal-Mart. It is really easy to make a tie-dye shirt. You need a white 100% cotton t-shirt, I got mine for $1. Rubberbands to hold the t-shirt, and a bottle, I use empty hair dye bottles from Sally's, they were $1.50. You can find video tutorials online on how to make them, I think I'm gonna do a whole blog post on how I make my own, click here for a video that explains exactly what I do, except I apply my color differently, I squirt the dye on the different rubberband sections. And I also put my shirt in the washing machine and run it on the smallest load with just the water to get the excess dye out.

 I also ironed on my sorority letters on the shirt as well. I did this by getting fabric transfer paper, which I got a pack of 6 sheets for $8, it is in the paper section at Wal-Mart. It seems like a lot, but greek apparel is not cheap at all. The paper is awesome, you literally just print whatever design you want on it from your own printer, then iron it on to any clothing! The instructions on how to apply it is on the box it comes in. One thing that you need to know is the design NEEDS to be flipped horizontally, in order for the design to be ironed on the right way. I showed an example above of how the paper should look, it should be going the opposite direction, so when you flip it over and iron it on, it is going the correct direction! Don't be the one that has to learn the hard way! One other thing, you can make multiple little designs and fit it on one sheet of the paper, which is what I did with the one I made above. I have made a transfers the size of the sheet, and multiple little designs that fit on one piece of transfer paper. Below is a picture of a shirt that has the entire size of the paper transfer design on it.

Picture Frames

 Next thing I made for my little is picture frames with our sorority letters on them. I got the plastic frames for less than $1 at Wal-Mart, and I used puffy paint to write the letters on it. I used the above puffy paint. I got this pack of 3 colors for less than $3 at Wal-Mart.


Another gift I made my little was a painting with our sorority letters and one of our sayings on it. The painting is on a flat canvas, I got a pack of 5 from Michael's for about $5. So in order to hang it I just hot glued about a foot long piece of white ribbon (each end of the ribbon) to the back of the canvas. I also got the paint I used from Michael's for 30 cents, they were having a huge sale on their acrylic paint so I stocked up on my favorite colors, the paint is usually 60 cents. My little said she loves glitter so I decided to outline the sorority letters in glitter, which I did with tacky glue, which you can get at Wal-Mart for less than $2 and loose glitter which I used sliver and got from Michael's for $1.50. When applying the glitter I actually use a paint brush, and do one letter at a time, it is a lot easier and you don't get air bubble splats on your painting!

Jewelry Box

The last present I made my little was a jewelry box. We are supposed to give them one to hold their badge/pin in it. I got my heart shaped box at Michael's for $1 and I used my acrylic paint from above. This was the easiest thing to paint! I put her initials on it and my sorority letters on it.

Now I know you're thinking did she spend over $30, and if you add it up I did go over by a little, but a lot of these things I have had and use over and over again, for instance, the tie-dye, and paint. I only had to actually buy a few of these items, a lot of the other things I have had from past projects and continue to use or I have stocked up on because I got a good deal on it. I also got my little a few other things, like her favorite candy, a stuffed penguin, stuff that has our sorority letters on it - cups, keychain, car sticker, and a pin.
Overall I hope this gave you some excellent ideas for presents to make for your little or big or in general :)