Bleach Pen School Spirit Shirt

I first saw the idea of using a bleach pen to write words on a shirt on Pinterest.  You can find the pin here, but unfortunately, the blog has been removed.  She used a bleach pen to write the word ‘bride’ on a shirt.  When I saw it I thought it would be a cool way to make a school spirit shirt.

My kids are both involved in sports and my own school spirit wardrobe is sadly lacking, so I bought two iron-on so I can make a tank for my daughter and a t-shirt for myself.  I haven’t found the right color green for mine yet, so today I will share how we made this bleach pen school spirit shirt for my daughter.

To make a Bleach Pen School Spirit Shirt, you will need:

  • a t-shirt or tank in one of your school colors (I got this tank for $3 at Walmart)
  • a bleach pen (found in the laundry aisle)
  • an iron-on
  • an iron
  • a piece of cardboard covered with waxed paper

First, cut a piece of cardboard to fit the inside of your shirt so that the bleach doesn’t bleed through to the other side.  We just happened to have pizza for dinner last night and somehow the top of the box managed to stay free of grease stains, so it worked perfectly.

Once your cardboard is cut, cover it with waxed paper before slipping it inside the shirt to prevent the bleach from bleeding through to the back of the shirt. I secured the waxed paper to the cardboard using tape so that it would stay in place.

Next, I laid the iron-on paw prints in the position that I liked so that I could use that as a guide for where to write the word ‘lions’.  You can write any word you’d like here.  You can do a name, ‘bride’, your team mascot, etc. The possibilities are endless.  You can even draw a picture or paw print instead of doing a word.  It’s up to you!

Now it’s time to bleach!  Be sure to shake your bleach pen well to avoid splatters or too much coming out at once.  I tried a test run with the pen on the package to get a feel for how it would flow.  Then…take a deep breath and start writing!

Bleach Pen School Spirit Shirt 1

The longer you leave the bleach on, the lighter that area will become.  If you want your word or design to be white, leave the bleach on until it is dry.  That is what I did on this shirt because our school colors are green and white. When your shirt is bleached as much as you like, rinse it well in cold water to stop the bleaching process.  (It took about 30 minutes for the bleach to dry completely in the sun.)

Because I used a ribbed shirt, I think the bleach spread a little more.  A flat fabric may give a bit more of a crisper look to your design.

Wash and dry the shirt as normal in the machine, or you can wash it by hand and then use the dryer to speed things up.  I tossed mine in the washer set to a mini-sized load to wash while I was getting ready for the day and then in the dryer while I was out running errands. When I came back, it was all ready for some blingy paw prints! You can check out our article for DIY Custom Bulletin Board.

Add your iron-on using the directions on the package.

The only thing left to do is sport your new school spirit shirt and cheer on (or be cheered on) your favorite team!

Bleach Pen School Spirit Shirt 2

DIY Ribbon Flip Flops

Today’s post was inspired by the DIY Ribbon Flip Flops included in the 4th of July Wearables Tutorials Post and also by the 50% off ribbon sale at the craft store.  Last year my daughter made a similar pair using strips of patriotic fabric instead of ribbon.  She wanted to make a new pair this year and made these on her own!

These cheerful DIY ribbon flip flops are a guest project from my 10-year-old daughter!

To make a pair of DIY ribbon flip flops, you will need:

      •  a pair of flip-flops
      • three complementary colors of ribbon
      • scissors
      • ribbon Fray Check or a lighter for an adult to seal the ribbon ends

DIY Ribbon Flip Flops

To start,  cut a length of ribbon and tie it onto the flip-flop by making a knot. Choose a length that you like for the ribbon.  Cut the ends on a slant at the desired length.

Once you decide how long you like the ribbons, you can cut several pieces that length.  Then continue tying them in any pattern that you like until your flip flops look the way you want them to.  The more ribbons you add, the fuller and more colorful they’ll be!

Once you are all done tying the ribbons onto the flip-flops, apply Fray Check (it’s a special kind of clear glue) to the ends of each ribbon to prevent fraying.  An adult can also use a lighter to seal the ends of each ribbon.

These flip-flops are a fun kid activity that can be completed in under 45 minutes and for under $5.

There’s also the added bonus of watching them beam with pride when they get to tell people that they made them themselves!

Happy crafting!

4TH OF JULY WEARABLES TUTORIALS

If you missed yesterday’s post, “4th of July Printables” be sure to check it out for lots of unique, FREE printables!

WELCOME BACK TO PATRIOTIC WEEK AT MY WEEKLY HABIT!

I have been searching high and low to bring to you a variety of 4th of July wearables tutorials.  I think we’ve got the kids, ladies and even Fido covered!  You will find lots of DIY patriotic things to make and wear including t-shirts, shorts, dresses, necklaces, hair accessories, flip-flops, a dog collar and more!  I hope you enjoy this 4th of July Wearables tutorials as much as I have!

4TH OF JULY WEARABLES

NO SEW WAVING FLAG SHIRT

I love that this sweet shirt is “no sew”!  She uses ricrac, ribbon, and hot glue to whip this shirt up in a snap!
gingerlymade.com

BANDANNA FLAG T-SHIRT

Turn red, white and blue bandannas into this fun flag shirt using Heat n Bond.  Great “no sew” option for boys!
sugarbeecrafts.com

4TH OF JULY STAR NECKLACE

Learn how to turn polymer clay, Mod Podge, and glitter into this unique and festive 4th of July necklace.
2girlsin2cities.com

4TH OF JULY STATEMENT NECKLACE

See how to creatively combine old and new elements using ribbon in this red, white and blue statement necklace tutorial.
mycuprunnethover312.blogspot.com

SHORTS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY

Use fabric paint to turn plain shorts into patriotic pants!
gingersnapcrafts.com

PATRIOTIC TUTU

Learn how to make this tutu in less than an hour for about $7 (with enough supplies left over for three more!)
jensidea.blogspot.com

RUFFLED AMERICANA DRESS

Use your sewing machine to turn a Walmart dress, red interlocking jersey fabric, and a white tee into this sweet ruffled dress.
sweeterthancupcakes.com

RUFFLED SKIRT

This one requires some skill on the sewing machine.  If you are an experienced sewer, try out this adorable red, white and blue skirt tutorial.
mama-says-sew.blogspot.com.au

FELT HAIR CLIPS

Jessica at Cutesy Crafts uses a die cutter to cut the shape of the felt for these hair clips, but you could cut out a similar shape by hand as well.  These look nice on a clip and would also look great attached to a headband.
cutesycrafts.com/

MULTI-RIBBON HAIR BOWS

Learn the technique that will have you making these bows in about 12 minutes a piece.
locksandlocksofhairstyles.blogspot.com

DIY RIBBON FLIP FLOPS

You can make these easy flip-flops with the kids for under $5.  All they have to be able to do is tie a knot!  My daughter had fun making a similar pair using fabric strips last summer.
aboutamom.com

LIBERTY CROWN

Have fun making and then dressing up as Lady Liberty this Independence Day!
spoonful.com

DOG NECKERCHIEF COLLAR

Don’t forget about the dogs this summer!  I love when dogs wear bandannas!  This neckerchief combines a bandanna and collar in one!  For beginning sewers.
http://folksyhome.com/

PARADE WANDS

This last tutorial isn’t exactly a wearable, but I thought it was cute and wanted to share.  Kids love having something to do and waving this wand while standing to wait for or watching the parade is just the ticket.
eighteen25.blogspot.com

CHECK BACK TOMORROW WHEN I’LL BE SHARING A STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL OF MY OWN ON HOW TO MAKE A PATRIOTIC WREATH!  SEE YOU THEN!

CREATE YOUR OWN LEGO STOP MOTION MOVIE!

DO YOU HAVE A LEGOMANIAC IN YOUR HOUSE?

My son has been becoming more and more interested in LEGOS. He’s 6 now and is starting to build things himself and has even been retreating to his room on his own to play LEGOS from time to time.

While on a recent trip, a friend told me about how he made stop-motion videos using LEGOS with his Boy Scout group. Stop-motion animation is one of the types of cinematography used in The LEGO Movie(the other is CGI.)  It sounded like something I wanted to give a try with my son.  So two days ago, I searched for apps on my iPad.

MY SON AND I USED THE FREE APP, “STOP MOTION STUDIO BY CATEATER, LLC” FROM THE APPLE APP STORE,  TO CREATE OUR VIDEO.

I would recommend installing your app and checking it out beforehand so you have an idea of what you are doing before your little guy or gal starts “helping.”(For your sanity’s sake)

Then it’s time to think up an idea for your movie. I asked my son come up with an idea.  You can find lots of ideas by searching “LEGO Stop Motion Videos” on YouTube. He was very excited about it because it was “his movie” and “his idea.”  If it is your first time making a stop motion video, I recommend keeping it simple and using only one or two characters.

WE HAD FUN CREATING OUR FIRST MOVIE AND ARE HAPPY WITH THE WAY IT TURNED OUT, BUT THIS PROJECT TAKES TIME AND PATIENCE.  WE TOOK 104 PICTURES TO PRODUCE OUR 20 SECOND VIDEO.

My son recently got this LEGO set that includes the Batwing and the Joker’s Steamroller plus a bunch of guys, so he wanted to use them in his movie. He decided to have Batman encounter the Joker and take him out.

Once you’ve decided on characters and a plot, find a place where you can set up the scene. It is important that you have a good camera angle and a sturdy place for your iPad. This is important or your pictures will turn out blurry and your video won’t be as smooth. For us, this was the hardest part of the whole project…gently pressing the button to take the picture without disturbing the whole iPad.

Once you set up your scene, just start taking pictures, moving the figures every so slightly before you take the next.  We used some poster putty on the bottom of the figures for some of the poses. You can see it in our movie, but it was our first one, so I wasn’t too worried about it.

You just keep going like that, one picture and tiny movement at a time. You can press play at any time to see your progress. Overall, I thought the app was pretty easy to use.

After you are all done with your pictures, you can even record sound. You can put your movie to music, too, if you’d like. You can get fancy and fade in and out and you can even add a title screen. We kept ours pretty basic since it was our first one and my son was satisfied with our end product and ready to be done and show it off to Dad.

Lego Movie

PARIS BIRTHDAY PARTY LUNCHEON

Last year, my daughter requested a Paris-themed birthday party.  She had a party the previous year, so we decided to go for a more low-key Parisian luncheon with a few friends in our kitchen this time.  Ooh, la la!  Magnifique!

I purchased a download from the store on Etsy for the invitations and decorations shown above.  It was sent right to my e-mail and I was able to print out exactly what I needed.

I printed the invitations which included a boarding pass and passport on card stock and sent them to the guests.

We decided on boas as party favors for the girls.

PARIS BIRTHDAY PARTY LUNCHEON

They made their own lip glosses and took them home also.  I got the supplies for that from Etsy.

We chose black, white and hot pink for the colors and used decorations that I printed from the Paris party pack that came with the invitations and some things from my daughter’s Paris-themed room.  We also added some fresh, brightly colored flowers.  The plates, silverware, and tablecloths are from the Wal-Mart party section.

A local grocery store happened to have French soda on special and I added paper straws in fancy glasses that we already had.  The French soda looked fun, but most of the girls didn’t care for the taste.  (I didn’t really like it either, but it looked fun!)

Our menu included some simple finger foods:  Turkey and cheese sandwiches cut into flower shapes, pizza muffins, mini croissant dogs and fruit.

Guests made their own ice cream sundaes and we served cookies and cupcakes that we made for dessert. I scooped the ice cream into the cups and put them in the freezer before the party.  It really made it easy when it was time to clean up the food and start serving the desserts.

I stacked one cake stand on top of another to make a stand to display the cupcakes.

We used a lot of what we already had and kept it to just a few girls this year, but it was fun!  It may not have been Paris, but our daughter and her friends enjoyed pretending it was for the afternoon!

DISNEY AUTOGRAPH BOOK

My family and I are going to Disney soon!  This is a trip that my husband and I have always wanted to take with our family.  I went to Disney World when I was about seven and my husband went once when he was in college.  This will be the first time we will all go together.  It will also be our kids’ first times on an airplane.  We are all very excited!

We are leaving in less than two months, so we are watching all of our Disney movies and getting together little souvenirs and things for the trip.  When I was buying supplies for our scrapbooks, I came up with the idea of making this autograph book for my daughter to collect the character’s signatures.

To make one of your own, you will need a small spiral-bound sketchbook (mine is 3.5″ by 5″ and is from Hobby Lobby), white cardstock, Disney-themed scrapbook paper, Disney sticker(s), coordinating ribbon and a glue stick or glue dots. I like the sketchbook because it has nice thick, white pages that a Sharpie won’t bleed through.

I downloaded the Disney-looking font named “Walter” for FREE here and printed “Morgan’s Autographs” in a Word document and printed it on white cardstock.  Of course, you can personalize your project however you wish.  I used the font size 28 for my book.

DISNEY AUTOGRAPH BOOK

The first thing I did was to trace the front cover (up to the holes for the binding) onto a piece of Disney-themed scrapbook paper that I bought at a JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store. You could do the same thing for the back of the book, but the back of mine was plain so I just left it that way.

I then broke out a crafting blast from the past, my Coluzzle.  It is kind of like a swiveling X-Acto knife with stencils that cut shapes out of paper.  I have had it for a long time and don’t even know if you can still buy them.

You could use something similar or can just cut a shape out of your scrapbook paper so that your personalized wording shows through like this:
Glue the papers together, then glue them onto the front of the sketchbook.  Add a sticker or two if you’d like.

And then I added two different types of coordinating ribbon to the spirals.  I cut the ribbons on the diagonal and just tied them into knots along the spiral binding.  Do this until it is as full as you’d like.  Then seal the ends of the ribbon by carefully passing them through a flame to prevent fraying (as long as you’re an adult).  You can also use a glue-like product designed to prevent fraying, but I’m not a big fan of them.  In my experiences, they were messy, smelly and stained the ribbon.

And there you have it! One personalized Disney autograph book. The only thing left to do is to have fun collecting the autographs!

DISNEY AUTOGRAPH BOOK 2

My daughter had a blast collecting autographs when we were there! It was the best vacation! I wish you many happy memories on your trip!