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Dyed Orchid Tablecloth Tutorial

Here's a pretty tabletop accent that will be the talk of your next spring party or shower! This dyed orchid tablecloth will get lots of oohs and ahhs, but the truth is, it's so easy to do with some Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye and a few simple supplies!

Watch our video below to see the entire process or scroll below!
What you need:
Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye kits in purple & violet
– White 100% natural fiber table runner or fabric
– Large pastry rack
– Disposable plastic tablecover
– Extra bottle for mixing
Before you begin: Lay down a plastic tablecover on your work surface, so you won't stain any areas with the dye.
Wash runner and leave damp. Lay out flat on covered work surface and smooth out wrinkles.
Loosely pleat runner horizontally.
Secure lightly with rubber bands.
Place pleated runner on pastry rack.
 Apply diluted violet along center of pleated runner.
Apply full strength violet to blend.
Apply diluted purple along center of pleated runner.
Apply full strength purple to blend,
 Let dry overnight. Rinse runner to remove excess dye. Wash and dry according to packaging instructions.
Here's an overview of how the table design turned out from top!
And a side view! It turned out to beautiful!

Jimmy Choo Copy Cat Sneaker Tutorial



I love having a ton of sneakers to choose from. They're comfy and if you have the perfect ones, you can even rock them with a dress! And while I love the look of designer sneakers, there's no way I'd ever be willing to pay $650 for a pair.

Um, yeah. Those shoes above? Totally awesome. Amazing, really. But $650? That's not something that I think I will EVER be able to afford. But guess what? I can afford a pair of $6 jobbies from Wal-Mart, 1/4 yard of black lace and some tie dye no problemo!
For this project you will need:
White sneakers (mine are Walmart for around $6)
1/4 yard black lace
old toothbrush and baking soda
First things first, we've got to change the color of these guys so that they resemble our inspiration Jimmy Choos. To do that, first wash your shoes as well as you can in a sink. Don't toss them in the washer, just scrub as you can by hand. Keep them wet and then apply your first color of dye... in this case I'm starting with the orange.
Add your red and continue around the shoe. 
FYI - to keep my work space clean, I dyed my shoes inside of a plastic tub!
Wrap your shoes up well so that they don't dry out and allow to sit for 6+ hours. I typically go overnight.
Rinse the shoes until the water runs clear and then allow to dry. I'd really recommend  air drying (read the paragraph below for a bit more detail or skip it altogether!)
Now, here' we've got an example. See the shoe on the right? It's taken on a much lighter color than I really need to imitate the color of our designer inspiration. The whole reason why is because I put these shoes in the dryer to dry. I have absolutely NO clue why it happens but the color fades every time on me when I dry SHOES in the dryer right after rinsing the dye (plus they shrink to the point where they don't fit me comfortably anymore). I took and went over the shoes with one more round of orange dye, allowed to sit six hours, rinsed and then allowed to dry in the sun and got much better results. That's the shoe on the left... MUCH better.
Most of the time your rubber sole won't take on a bunch of color from the dye, but sometimes with stronger colors, like red, they'll take on the slightest tinge. Simply take an old toothbrush and scrub the soles with a mixture of baking soda and water. You want the consistency to be THICK so just keep adding a touch of water until you can easily spread it. The shoe on the left has been cleaned and the right has not. What a difference!
Now let's start wrapping this project up by adding our black lace.  First off your selection of lace will make or break the DIY I think. I purchased my lace off of memory, and if you can see it doesn't really match the inspiration pair. If you're worried about making the shoes as similar as possible, be sure to save the pic of the originals to your phone so that you have a reference and aren't just buying lace blindly! Oh, and go to an honest to goodness fabric store for the best selection! Now, back to the tutorial:
Trim a piece to fit over the toe area of the shoe.
On the back side of your lace piece brush on some Fabric Fusion. Place over the shoe and press down onto the shoe's canvas.
Give the shoes a minute or two for the glue to start to take hold. Use sharp and easy to handle scissors to trim up the excess. Do NOT use your good fabric scissors as the glue will mess them up!
You may need to apply some extra glue and a little bit of pressure to get areas of the lace to actually adhere. Chances are you'll have issues right round the rubber soles so run your finger around and apply glue as necessary.
Repeat for both shoes and allow the glue to completely dry.
Okay - I THOUGHT that a fabric marker would work around the edges and it will except where you accidentally got glue onto the piping of your shoes. Though it is not pictured, after a failed attempt with the marker, I wound up going around the piping, elastic and edges with a stiff brush and black fabric paint and it was super easy and quick! With the pattern in the lace, even if you mess up with the paint, you won't even notice!
Let your paint dry and you're ready to rock out your designer inspired, $15 pair of sneakers. 
And just to compare, you'll pay 2.3% of the cost of the "real deal". Not bad, I say!
I hope you enjoyed this frugal take on a pair of super fine and super expensive Jimmy Choo kicks!
And while I've got you, maybe you'll want to check out my roundup of other fun sneakers you can make from all over the internet. There are 26 different pairs, in fact! 
And head on over to my blog Dream a Little Bigger for even more shoe makeovers if the mood strikes you!


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26 Fab and Totally Doable Shoe Makeovers

Shoe makeovers are something that I absolutely love. In fact, I've done over 60 myself! Shoes can be a great and inexpensive canvas and a way to walk around in some art! Check out these 26 fab shoe makeovers that you can totally do your self. Yep, totally doable. So bust out your tie dye, fabric paints and fabric markers, grab a pair of sneakers (or two) and let's do this thing.

Check out these amazing floral sneakers by Cathy from Trinkets in Bloom here at iLTC! I love the high impact the colors make. What a statement. Even if you're not much of an artist, these simple shapes are totally doable! 
Kids deserve awesome DIY sneakers, too! These fab black and white cuties from Delia Creates are super simple to create yourself. Plus the black and white is super high impact and has quite a bit of pop!
If you've never seen these amazing galaxy sneakers from Swellmayde you must be living under a rock. These were the very first pair of galaxy anythings that I thought were awesome. As I watched many, many tutorials (including one of my own) come out these shoes always remained the best galaxy shoes I'd ever seen! 
Toms are just about the comfiest shoes on the planet and I love the altruism behind the brand. BUT when you wear a pair out you may not want to run out and buy a new pair right away. Luckily Cheri Heaton's got you covered and will show you how to get a bit more life out of those kicks you may have worn a toe hole into! 
You know what's awesome? Converse? You know what makes a pair of these sweet, sweet kicks even more awesome? Leopard print. Check out this fabulous yet understated sprinkling of leopard spots project by A Pretty Penny.
Now I've got to say that chevron just ain't my thang, but a shoe makeover this great has to be shared. These black and white cuties from Honeybee Vintage are cheap and easy to do with a great little way to make your chevron stripes. 
Now I have to admit I think these shoes are absolutely fabulous simply because I made them! But if you like bling grab the Tacky Glue because these rhinestone covered chucks style kicks will have you stepping out in style!
Looking for some simple, understated, yet distinctly DIY and custom shoes? The Merrythought has just the ticket. A pair of clean white lace ups meets some gold puffy paint and the end result is just magical. Just look at the pep in her step!
Ombre is just so very and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Which is awesome because I love it! Which is why I think these DIY ombre sneakers are super fab. Grab some cheap tennies and a package of tie dye and you can have a whole set of shoes to perfectly adorn your outfits during this deliciously warm weather! 
Sure cap toe shoe makeovers are all over the place, but have you seen on that is A. neon and B. covering both the canvas toe and the rubber sole around the toe? Genius and awesome and a totally unique shoe makeover from Yesterday on Tuesday.
Lots and lots of shoe makeovers are just so bright and colorful and that's totally not for everyone. So why not grab some fabric paint and a fabric market in black and mimic these fantastic DIY sneakers from A Beautiful Mess?
I love ikat so much that for my very first iLTC blog post as a contributor, I made a pair with some left over tie dye. So when you've got some dregs left after dyeing up your summer tees, bust out the sneakers to put your leftovers to good use!
Are you keen on thrifting? Have you found shoes that perfectly fit your feet but aren't exactly the cutest things ever? Simple Birdie Crafts will show you how to get some super results using some super fabric glue and prettily perfect floral fabric!
I super love bicycles and I super love denim and chambray sneakers. Pair the two together and you've caught my heart for what may be the cutest shoes ever. Sure these were made by Our Fifth House for a little girl but these are easily great for an adult such as myself!
There will always be a need for black and white shoes in just about every wardrobe. Oh, and polka dots, too. Every closet needs a smattering of polka dots. Getting these cute little orbs into your wardrobe doesn't have to be pricey or difficult as What I Wore will show you.
There aren't a whole lot of boys out there (or even 40 year old men, for that matter) who don't LOVE Star Wars. And I'd venture to guess that they'd love having their own R2D2. But since that won't be happening, you can make them some awesome R2D2 Toms instead with this tute from Cheri Heaton!
I must confess this is another pair of my very own sneakers and though I made them specifically for kicking around way too many neighborhoods on Halloween I still wear them. All of the time. Because skeleton shoes are awesome. Dimensional skeleton shoes (Puffy Paint, baby!) are even more awesome if that's even possible.
Have glitter shoes been done to death? Maybe but I really don't care. Glitter is awesome. Glitter on your feet is just asking for everybody to take notice of your sparkling personality and awesome taste in craft supplies as Poppytalk will show you.
I must admit that when it starts getting warm I start jonesing for my tie dye kits. And who says you can only tie dye tee shirts? Somebody who doesn't realize that tie dye makes everything awesome. Especially shoes which My Frugal Adventures obviously already knows!
Tutorial: DIY Tie Dye Children's Shoes <-- but adults can totally rock these!
Love saddle shoes? Me too! Have you seen how much a "real" pair costs? Ridiculous! Check out how to make your very own faux saddle shoes out of a pair of cheap tennies with nothing more than black fabric paint at Mom Spark (ahem, tutorial by me :)
The way little kids like to zoom from here to there, they totally need some wings on their shoes. And, dude, what kid wouldn't flip out for some wings on their shoes? The very talented shoe makeoverist Cheri Heaton will show you how to make your own. Bonus points for being super quick and super easy!
I absolutely love having a pair or two of shoes that make people go - hey, those are different and I like 'em! And what's more unique than a pair of sneakers adorned with whales and rickrack? I'm totally loving these shoes by Jennifer Perkins and have my eyes peeled some striped cuties just waiting for a little paint for myself!
What little girl doesn't love pastels? Well, some don't but for the ones that do I'm thinking they'd LOVE a pair of these cloud and shooting star sweeties from Magic Pearl Heart. I especially love the alternating colors on the shoes for each side. Super cute!
Tutorial: DIY Fairy Kei Painted Sneakers
So we've already discussed that glitter on shoes is awesome. Add a rainbow of colors and the fact that you don't even need to open a single jar of the messy stuff and you're ready for some sweet and colorful kicks in a hurry!
Looking to add a little bit of bling and some hot dots to your shoes? These fancy and super artsy kicks from Jaderbomb are just what you need! So bust out the Puffy Paint and get ready to dot up some shoes!
And last, but certainly not least we've got some more leopard spots from the very talented Pearmama because leopard print is always fun and always hot! Watch how she takes a pair of plain white Toms and rocks them out safari style!
Well, that's it for today! Which pair of these 26 DIY shoes are your favorite? Tell me, I am desperate to know!
Oh, and visit me at Dream a Little Bigger some time :) and be sure to tune back in tomorrow for another shoe makeover that I'll be sharing here! 
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Fabric Painted Abstracts On Bar Stools

It seems difficult to reupholster something. Painting fabric is a lot easier. Not only is upholstery a skill, finding the perfect fabric can be equally difficult. Painting also has the benefit of being customizable. I had a pair of stools who's shape I love, but fabric seat I hate. My sister and I tag teamed them to try and make it better.

– Fabric seat
Here are my barstools before the makeover. The shape is great, the fabric not so much.

I recruited my sister Hope Perkins and we channeled our inner Kristy Gammill, Ashley Goldberg and Lisa Congdon. In other words we tag teamed an abstract.
I love the way the stools turned out. They were quick, easy and one of a kind. They are just what I needed to hide the bad 80's fabric on the stools until I find my "dream upholstery fabric".
Who knows maybe this custom abstract paint job is my "dream fabric".
Check out more fun from Jennifer Perkins on her blog.

Drawing With Dye

Due to the lack of cool plus-size blouses at a lot of retail stores, I took matters in my own hands! Dharma Trading has a nice collection of plus-size dyeable blouses that work beautifully with our Tulip One-Step Dyes. Here is the finished look of a blouse I made this week while here at the iLoveToCreate studios! 
Read on below to see how I made it!

One cotton, rayon or silk blouse. Here is where I bought mine!
Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit (Note: The kits come in a variety of sizes and colors, so choose whichever on you like best!)
Plastic table cloth
First thing, wash and DRY your shirt! What makes this technique work is that we are "drawing with the dye on a dry shirt. This will make the designs have defined lines. If you wet the shirt and draw, it will bleed, which is another cool look, but I really wanted a crisp look. OK  -so you simply mix the dye bottles according to the package directions, shake until all the powder is dissolved. 
Line your work surface with the table cover. 
Next, tip the bottle over and draw on the fabric just like you were using a giant pen!
I didn't really have a style in mind, I just kinda doodled. Now that I know how to control the flow of the liquid, next time I'll plan my design out. But for here, I just made random swirls and giant flowers.
There comes a point when you have to stop - especially if you want the white to show as the background. I was drawing away and my friends came by and said, "STOP, Kathy! It's done!" So I stopped!
Hang and let dry for six hours for the dye to set, then wash in cold water by itself, hang dry!
And here we go - it does blend a little bit, but I like that all the color stayed in place!
I think next I might draw over the designs with markers, like I did here:

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Dip-Dyed Paper Lanterns

 Looking for a pretty way to decorate this year that doesn't break the bank?  Purchase a cluster of paper lanterns from your local party store and dip dye them into stylish accessories for your indoor or outdoor space.  

Watch the video above or follow the steps below to create this cool dip-dyed lantern project!

What you need:
Tulip One-Step Dye in violet
– 4-5 paper lanterns in different sizes
– Surface cover or plastic tablecloth
– Paper plates
– Drying rack

Dilute violet dye with water on one plate and make another plate filled with undiluted dye.
Dip in diluted dye in random patterns on bottom of lantern.
Now dip the bottom in the full-strength dye.
Hang to dry over a covered surface.

We clustered our finished lanterns over our spring tablescape for a pop of fun and added tassels too!  Check back for more of these spring projects in the next couple of weeks here on our blog!

Painted No Sew Market Tote

Create a cute and colorful “no sew” beach or market tote using dyes as paint on basic white t-shirt. 
Just because the package says tie dye doesn’t mean that’s how you have to use it. For those who don’t want to mess with the rubber bands Tulip Tie Dye is perfect for painting with too! 

White t-shirt

step 1
Layout your t-shirt out flat.

Add water to your dye bottles and shake.

step 2
Start squirting your dye onto your t-shirt and ‘painting’ your design. 

Just make sure to leave a lot of white space because your dye will bleed as it sits on the fabric.

Let the dye sit for a couple of hours before rinsing out.

Rinse and let dry.

I was really amazed at how strong the colors stayed, I expected them to fade a bit but they didn’t.

step 3
When your shirt is dry you can use your fabric marker to draw details for the flowers or whatever designs you like.

step 4
Lay your t-shirt out flat and cut off the sleeves just inside the seams.

step 5
Cut the neck off.

step 6
Cut the bottom hem off of the t-shirt.

Turn the t-shirt inside out.

Cut slits across the bottom of the t-shirt about half and inch wide and 2 inches deep.

step 7
Tie the cut strips along the bottom of the t-shirt. Make sure you tie them very tight.

Turn your t-shirt market bag right side out.
A little behind the scenes pic with my assistant/bubble girl.

To see more fun fashion DIY’s please check out my blog

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How to Make a Fox and Cottage Night Light

I think everyone I know bought a set of those woodland creature plastic eggs from Target this year. I was tempted to buy two. East might be over, but that does not mean Mr. Fox needs to go in the attic for a year. Instead I decided to build him a cozy moss cottage and have him 'light' up my life year round.

– Aleene's Tacky Glue
– Cardboard craft house
– Moss (various types)
– Tissue Paper
– Piece of Wood
– Styrofoam cone
– Scissors
– Fox Easter egg
– LED tea lights
– Red Marker
– White gel pen
Using Tacky Glue and various types moss from the floral department adorn your house. There is no right or wrong way. you might need to use scissors to cut up sheets of moss to make them smaller.
I used a red marker and a gel pen to create a faux brick chimney.
The actual house had windows and a door so I covered them with tissue paper using Tacky Glue. My house came in two parts. You do not want to glue the top and bottom together so that you can get your lights inside.
After the house is finished attach it to a wooden base. Add moss covered trees and cover the floor with more greenery.
Be sure to add your fox. If you did not get a fox egg it is not too late to buy some plastic eggs on clearance and make your own fox or woodland creature. Be sure not to glue your fox shut. Just like the house you want to be able to put a battery operated tea light inside so your fox will glow.
Even without the candles 'lit' the cottage is adorable sitting on a shelf in a child's room.
When the lights go out Mr. Fox is there standing next to his cozy flickering cottage waiting to keep you company. What does the fox say? Night night.

Check out more fun from Jennifer Perkins on her blog.

How to Make a DIY Charging Station

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday, today I'm teaching you how to make a DIY Charging Station. It's perfect for charging your electronics and hiding the mess of the cords. I love DIYs that I'm able to incorporate in my home. This one is for sure going to rock!

What you'll need : 

Shoe Box
Foam Brushes 
I hope you all got inspired to make a DIY charging station. It's really fun and I know you'll have a blast making one. Since Earth Day was yesterday, it would be a great way to reuse your newspaper instead of throwing it away. :) Be sure to connect with me on my blog, A Little Craft In Your DayFacebookTwitter, and Instagram! -Tanner Bell 

Watermelon Tablecloth from Apple Stamps

A long-time warm-weather classic, nothing screams SUMMER like a big cold slice of watermelon on a hot day. Watermelon motifs are becoming especially popular this year, popping up on everything from shoes to hair accessories to fingernails. This summer will be all watermelon all the time.

Let’s hop on this trend with Tulip fabric paint and a helpful hand from another fruity friend from the kitchen – an apple!

This project is kid-friendly, inexpensive, and can easily be accomplished in under an hour (plus drying time). Let’s get started!

  • Tulip fabric paint (I chose red and black because those colors look great with my peachy background, but hot pink and green are always a winning combo!)
  • One apple (or a potato – or jicama for extra large prints)
  • Pre-washed fabric (I’m using an old bed sheet cut down to size)
  • Paint brush
  • Disposable or paint-friendly plate
Step 1: Slice the apple in half across the middle, then slice down the middle again to create large wedges.

Step 2: Spread a thin layer of Tulip paint on your plate. Dip the apple flat side down a couple of times, moving it around to achieve an even coat, then stamp it directly onto your fabric. Press down firmly for 3 seconds and release. Tada! Continue stamping until the fabric is filled, or until you see fit.

Step 3: Follow along the edges with a rim of black or dark green paint (you may find it easier to avoid paint mixing by letting the red paint dry first). Use your brush to stomp seeds shapes across the cloth, peppering them over the surface at random.

Here, one corner of the tablecloth was left exclusively for seeds. This creates contrast and is one of those fun touches you’ll never find on store-bought goods. Imperfections and inconsistencies in the pattern only add to the charm. 

After you lay it out and set the table, the pattern takes on a life of it's own.
 Have fun!