DIY: Custom Dying Bandanas

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

A tied bandana around your neck is the accessory of the year! Bright colors of red, blue or yellow are easy to find, but I wanted more muted colors of pinks, yellows, greens and oranges…tropical colors. So we made some!
Follow this simple step by step guide to make your own custom colored bandanas.Libbie Summers, Bandanas, Hand-Dyed, Dyed, How To, Tropical Colors

1 dye packet for natural fabrics (I used iDye) (1 color of dye for each color range)
1 stainless steel pot
1 cup of non-iodized salt
1 spoon for stirring
3 Cotton bandanas (for each dye packet)

What to do:
Step 1:
Fill a large stock pot with enough water to cover your bandanas. Place the pot onto medium heat and add your dye packet. Stir until fully dissolved.

Step 2:
Wet your bandanas, stir into the pot and raise the temperature to just below boiling.

Step 3:
Add 1 cup of non-iodized salt and stir frequently for 30 minutes.

Step 4:
Remove the bandanas and rinse under cold water. Toss into the washer with mild detergent with cold water. Let dry.

Pro Tip:
To achieve a lighter color/ombre of color, empty 3 quarters of your mix and 1 bandana after step 01, and dilute it with new water, bring to boil. Repeat process as listed above for each color change (we got three different hues of the same color from each packet/see the pink bandanas in the image below for reference).

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Check out this video for more ways to use a bandana (aside from tying around your neck): 4 WAYS TO USE A BANDANA

Tropical Bandanas and 4 Ways to Use Them (VIDEO)

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Hand-dyed and inspired by the colors of tropical fruit, these bandanas aren’t just for tying around your neck! I share 4 ways to take a bandana from ordinary to extraordinary!

4 Ways To Use a Bandana

Inspired by tropical fruit and hand dyed, these bandanas aren't just for tying around your neck! 🍋🍌: Fancy up a lamp🍉: Chic up your dog! 🍊🍑: Make a watch band! 🍉🍓🥝🍌: Set a colorful table! #afoodinspiredlife #sundayinspiredvideos #tropicalfruit #bandanas #diy #tablesetting With David Dempsey Smith Brothers Butcher Shop

Posted by Libbie Summers on Sunday, August 13, 2017

DIY: A Parade Ready Bicycle! (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Did someone say parade?

Gumball Chandelier

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I needed the perfect chandelier for a budget conscience preteen room inspired by gumballs. Everything I loved was over our budget, so we decided to make our own. What was a sad ($29) thrift store find is now an adorable chandelier over a vintage desk!

Bubblegum-inspired Chandelier
(makes 1)

What you need:
1 inexpensive newly wired chandelier to fit the size of your room (I used an 18″ diameter)
Painter’s tape
Spray paint (I used orange)
Gumballs of varying sizes and colors
Hot Glue
Round colored light bulbs

What to do:
Cheap Chandelier
1. Make sure your chandelier is wired well. If not, buy an inexpensive wiring kit from your hardware store and follow the directions. It’s super easy to do.
2. Remove anything dangling (like crystals) and save them for another craft project.
3. Use the painters tape to tape off each of the light sockets (I shove the tape down in the socket).
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4. Spray paint the chandelier doing many light coats until completely covered.
5. Remove painters tape.
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6. Now is the fun part!!! Glue your gumballs onto the chandelier in fun patterns. There is no right or wrong answer here! Just have fun!!
7. Add round colored light bulbs.
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Watch how this room came together!

Gumball Picture Frames

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

The first time I covered a picture frame with edibles was in college. The second time was last week with these gumballs. I’m OBSESSED!!! I love how the different colors all work so well together, how they make what’s in the frame POP and that I got to chew so much gum while I was doing it.

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Gumball Picture Frame
makes 1

What you need: 
1 flat surfaced front picture frame
Gumballs (I used small gumballs)
Hot Glue
Cheeky picture or something else to frame

What to do: 
Decide on your pattern. I REALLY love the multi-colored one.

Remove the backing and glass from the frame and set aside. Working back and forth from each corner of the frame, hot glue gumballs along the edge until you reach the center of the row. You may need to figure out spacing as you go. I alternated colors…but in no particular pattern. Work your way around the frame gluing the gumballs on. Then do a second row. Replace the glass, add your cheeky picture and backing. Hang out of direct sunlight. So stinkin’ cute