DIY: Shibori Tea Towels

DIY Shibori tutorial #hawaiianstylehale
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DIY Shibori tutorial #hawaiianstylehale

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Shibori is a time honored tradition in Japanese culture of textiles being intricately prepared for indigo colored dye baths through various types of resist techniques including wood planks, round pipe shaped objects and twine wrapping. ¬†The masters of this craft vary from traditional artisans learning from generations before, to modern day artists researching, experimenting and learning on their own. ¬†This tutorial is simple, easy way using the work Shibori in it’s simplest translation. ¬†The time, dedication and effort put forth by those who truly study and work to master these techniques (the same for any medium) deserves the appropriate respect and honor. ¬†That being said, this tutorial is a very simple process to create beautiful, tea towels.

What you’ll need:

White tea towels

Rubberbands

Dye (we used RIT Royal Blue & Aquamarine)

Rubber gloves

Plastic buckets

Clothesline

Clothespins

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There are several ways to prepare the towels for the dye resist. ¬†We stuck to two of the more simple yet ultimately gorgeous styles –

1) Accordion fold the towel (anywhere from 1-2 inch folds) all from top to bottom creating a long strip, then accordion fold lengthwise until you have a rectangular ‘stack’ of a towel. Wrap the rubber bands around the towel using as many, or as few as you’d like. ¬†The more rubber bands you use, the more white you’ll have remaining on your finished towel. ¬†The rubber bands should be somewhat secure to resist the dye.

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2) The second method we used was literally a ‘kapakahi’ (anykine) method. ¬†Scrunch the towel up in a ball ¬†and wrap as many rubber bands around the ball as you’d like.

Follow the instructions and prepare your days bath. The RIT dye suggests adding salt for cotton fabrics.  Quickly dampen your rubber banded towels before submerging them in the dye bath.  The Aquamarine dye seemed to take a lot quicker than the Royal Blue did.  Let the towels site for anywhere between 30 -60 minutes depending on how dark you want your final color.  Keep in mind the final product will be lighter than when you first pull it out of the dye.

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Once your dye time is up, rubber gloves on, rinse the towels until the water runs clear. ¬†Now comes my favorite part- slowly wring out any excess water,¬†unwrap each of the towels and hang to dry. ¬†Each is towel is a unique creation and I want to say it’s almost fool proof. ¬†We unwrapped each one to oohing and aahing as they were all so pretty!

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We let them air dry, ran them through the washer with no detergent and then dryer dried them.  Our front yard looked like a folk concert / market and was so pretty!  These were so much fun to make with girlfriends!  Kids can help too!  Wrap them up or use them as wrapping, half the fun is sharing your stunning creations! Enjoy!

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DIY: Fall Plant Stakes

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DIY Fall Plant Stakes :: #hawaiianstylehale

Here’s a festive, inexpensive way to get into the Fall spirit.

What you’ll need:

Printable ombre words (Download here: thankful, blessed, fall )

Skewers

Double sided tape

Gold paint pen

DIY Fall Plant Stakes :: #hawaiianstylehale

DIY Fall Plant Stakes :: #hawaiianstylehaleColor/paint all of the skewers gold in color.  Situate the circles at the top of each skewer (one on each side) and secure with double sided tape.

DIY Fall Plant Stakes :: #hawaiianstylehale

DIY Fall Plant Stakes :: #hawaiianstylehale

DIY Fall Plant Stakes :: #hawaiianstylehale

Happy Fall!!

DIY: Ombre Canvas Trio

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 2014-07-12 17.25.29These beachy canvas wall art pieces are simple, colorful and a wonderful way to brighten up any space!  

What you’ll need:

Any size blank canvas (you can create a collection of similar sized pieces or mix it up with a variety of shapes and sizes.  We found ours at Ross)

Water based acrylic paint

Paint brushes

Paint palette  (or plastic plate)

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Start with a blank canvas.  To create the ombre background, start with the base color (darkest color)  first.  Once you paint the first color, add white to your palette to lighten the color.  Paint your next layer.  You can use a bit of water on your brush to help the colors blend and transition smoothly.  Continue to add white to the same palette creating a lighter and lighter shade.

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Once your background has dried (maybe an hour or so in a well-ventilated area) start on your main image.  For this set, we did matching whimsical mama and mini sea urchins, cone shells and starfish with plain white paint.  Be creative and make them your own.  These are going to look fabulous up in our guest bathroom!

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DIY: Driftwood Mobile

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2014-05-22 09.14.15 copyThis simple and beachy DIY mobile is so easy and is a great way to display a collection of drift wood or other found beach treasures.

What you’ll need:

Several pieces of drift wood, any shape or length under about 9in

Fishing line, anything over 20lb test

Drill or dremel

Starfish, or any item you’d like to finish your mobile with

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehale

Collect and sort your drift wood.  I arranged this one with the longest up top, tapering down with the shortest last.

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehale

Drill holes in the center of each piece of wood. ¬†The drift wood is fairly soft and will drill easily. I used 2 turquoise beads about an inch long to act as the stopper at the bottom of the mobile. ¬†Attached whatever you’re using as the stopper and then begin stringing your wood pieces from smallest to largest.

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehale

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehaleOnce you’re done stringing your wood lengths, secure the top of the mobile by tying a knot in the fishing line. ¬†With a small drill bit, or even a thick needle, create a hole in the top of the starfish or other item you’re using at the bottom of your mobile. ¬†I used thinner fishing line to attach it to the bottom.

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehale

Using a drywall anchor and hook, position and secure mobile.

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehale

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehale

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehale

DIY: Air Plant in a Jar

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Some of my favorite things: jars, shells, sand, plants.  Here is a super easy DIY to add some beachy earthiness to your bookcase, coffee table or kitchen.

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Clean, empty jar, glass, bottle, clear pretty container

Base – sand

Filling – shells, rocks, beach glass

Air plant

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Start with your base layer. ¬†It reminds me of making a dessert truffle, layering the cookies, crumbs, pudding, cake and basically all things delicious. ¬†You can choose as many layers as you’d like. ¬†Start with the smallest layering¬†items first and work your way up.Image

Continue adding your layers until you’re just below the rim of your container. ¬†Snuggle your air plant into the enter and you’re done! ¬†These air plants are fairly easy to love. ¬†If they start to look a little dry or start browning, spritz them every once in a while with some water from a spray bottle. ¬†These are hardy, easy to make, super versatile and affordable! Enjoy!

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DIY: Gold Painted Jars

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My world is glass bottles & jars.  I use them for everything, put them everywhere.  I wrap them, paint them, decorate them and fill them with all kind of treasures and beautiful things.  Wanted to share a quick tutorial on how to add a little shimmer and shine to any size bottle or jar.

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What you’ll need:

Assortment of clean glass jars & bottles with labels and adhesive removed

Painters tape

Gold spray paint

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Tape off whatever type of design you want to create.

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Spray your jars in a well ventilated area, let them dry, and then carefully removed the painters tape.  Fill with treasures from your garden and arrange for a pretty bit of sparkle and shine.  Using local flora and fauna give these chic containers a lovely twist of hawaiian style.

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DIY: Hand Painted Garden Rocks

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With Spring in full bloom, there are flowers and herbs and the like popping up all around us.  Be creative and add touches of color, patterns and inspiration to your pots and garden alike.

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smooth garden rocks

paint pens

spray clear coat

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Be festive and inspiring with your prints, patterns, words, colors and designs.  Carefully embellish each rock working with the contours and shape of each individual rock.  Let the rocks dry, spray with clear adhesive coat and then place around garden.

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