Google+ That Flour Child: May 2013

May 25, 2013

DIY Lightbox

I have wondered how people take pictures with a stalk white background for their blog.  I think it looks so clean and crisp and I have wanted pictures like that for so long.  My friends who is a photographer told me about a light box.  So, being a cheap, broke student I decided to try to make one.  I haven't quite perfected how to take the pictures to make them bright white but I hope to figure it out soon.  Until then, enjoy this tutorial and look for my pictures coming up!

All you need are:

  • Scissors
  • A cardboard box
  • White tissue paper
  • White bristol board
  • Tape or glue
Start by cutting off the flaps of the box.

Next, cut out 3 sides of the box leaving a thin border of box around each.  These sides you cut out with be the top and the two sides that let all the light in.

Next cover these sides with the white tissue paper and secure with tape or glue.

Finally, cut a piece of white bristol board to fit into the box.  You want it you start at the top in the back and curve forward and out the bottom.  

Set the box near a light source (I think you need a pretty strong one because when I tried just with the light of my room it didn't turn out too well).  I will try outside or by really bright lights and show how those turned out.

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May 12, 2013

DIY Dip Dye Sunhat

Every May my family and I head out for 1-2 weeks on an island in Florida where we have a time share.  I have been coming to Sanibel Island since I was 6 weeks old.  I absolutely love this place and always look forward to coming back year after year.  Of course I am very fair skinned and need a serious sun hat for the day sitting by the pool or by the beach, so naturally I found an excuse to do a DIY.

All you need is a Fabric Dye of your choice and a basic hat (white or neutral would work).
This is how my hat started, I believe I bought it at Wal-Mart last year for approximately $6. 

I used a powdered Rit Dye in Teal.  Simply mix the dye following the instructions on the box and put it into some sort of container.  Make sure it is a container you no longer need or one designated for tie dying (I use old ice cream containers because they always seem to be the right depth).  

Fold the hat up so that the top of the hat (the part you do not want to dye) isn't with the brim that you are dying.  Dip the entire brim into the dye only for a few seconds because you want this to be the lightest layer.

Try your best to get the entire brim the whole way around, but don't worry about it being perfect.  Mine definitely isn't!

Next, dip the brim about half way into the dye and hold it there for about 5 minutes.  

I started to worry at this stage because I could see a difference in colour between the part I dipped in quickly and the part I had held in there.  I guess this has to do with the fact that it is wet and everything appears darker when it is wet because as soon as my hat had dried it had the ombre effect I was going for.

I then dipped the very edge of the brim into the dye and held it there for even longer, same thing happened with me being unable to tell if it was any darker or not.  Leave your hat out to air dry, I hung mine on the clothesline from the top of the hat so that any dripping did not dye any parts of the hat I did not want to dye. 

Then I rocked my hat on the beach...

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May 10, 2013

Blue Hex Nut Bracelet

To make this bracelet, you need embroidery thread in any colours you like, I used 3 different shades of blue/green and small hex nuts.  I used the smallest hex nuts I could find at Home Depot.

Start by cutting all your strands of thread into equal lengths and tying a knot at one end (you may want to leave extra to tie it onto your wrist later or make a loop like I did).  Then separate the strands into 3 groups in order to start braiding:

I put one of each colour in each of the groups but if you were using a bunch of different colours you could separate them any way you like.  Next, you simply start braiding the strands together.  I used duck tape to fasten the end onto my desk to make the braiding easier.

Continue to braid until you get about a third of the length of your bracelet.  Then you can start adding the hex nuts onto each strand one at a time.  This can be a bit tedious but make sure to keep it as tight as possible and it shouldn't be too much of a problem.  Add a nut to one strand, braid that strand over and then add a nut to the next and continue until you have a length of hex nuts you are happy with.

I put enough hex nuts on to make about an inch and a half in length, just short of the width of my wrist.

I think this adds a simple metallic touch to your arm party and will be great in the summer time.  A fresh take on the friendship bracelet.  It is super easy to make since it is just simple braiding and no complicated knots.  I love how it turned out and can't wait to try it with some gold hex nuts I also picked up!

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