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Our Names in the Snow

I enjoy Pinterest… it’s a place to share and save a lot of neat crafting ideas with pictures for easy identification. Most of the time though, when I attempt these crafts it’s usually  a bit of a “Pinterest fail.” Haha

Today’s craft was “Name Snowflakes.”

It was a fairly easy craft. Like most paper snowflakes, all you need is paper and scissors (although I also used a hole punch for most of the middle cutouts).

The first one I made was Nates.

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Mom and I thought his turned out looking a bit robotic.

The next one Nate told me to make was Sparrows.

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Hers was much rounder than Nates.

Sparrows snowflake was followed by Moms (Jenny), Dads (Peter), Isaacs, and mine (Zoe).

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It was interesting to see what designs were created by the different names.

If you want to make one for yourself or for someone you know… I found the instructions here. Although I’m sure you could just google “Name Snowflakes” and find a bunch of tutorials.

It’s a good rainy (or snowy) day project!

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Jacquard Tie Dye Kit

Want to try your hand at tie dying? Or looking for a fun kid-friendly project?

This tie dying kit from Jacquard is easy to use and comes with all the needed basics (except the item(s) you are wanting to dye).

Lay down a plastic sheet (outside! It did make quite the mess.) and give it a go!

You can follow the folds shown on the DVD included in the kit or just experiment!

It works best on fabric that is 100% cotton, so make sure to keep that in mind.

This kit includes red, yellow, and blue dye (just add water and shake) and an extra bottle with instructions on how to make orange, purple, or green dyes.

I would make sure to allow about 24 hours for this project since you have to soak your fabric for about 20 minutes before dying and let them sit in a bag for at least 12 hours (preferably 24 hours) after dying.

After letting them sit for at least 12 hours, rinse them under the hose or faucet until the water runs clear and then run them through the washing machine and dryer.

I would advise being careful washing them with other clothes for a while after that… in case the dyes decide to run.

The colors faded a bit after washing but not as much as I expected.

Here are some pictures of my final products:

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Note:When I say kid-friendly… it will make quite the mess but it’s easy to create cool looking projects.

How-To: Sun-Printing on Fabric

The other day, I tried two types of UV-sensitive dyes…

Lumi’s Inkodyes (pictured above, left) and Jacquard Products’ SolarFast (pictured above, right).

These dyes start to develop and become permanent when exposed to UV-light.

All you really need for a basic project is one of these dyes, a paint brush, a piece of fabric (or paper), and something to create shadows (if you want a pattern).

I would also suggest a piece of cardboard to slide in between layers to prevent dye from leaking though (for pillow cases, t-shirts, ect.). I skipped that and now have splotches of dye on the back of my pillow case.

You can use anything for the pattern from clothes pins to scissors to flowers…

For this project,  I used ferns.

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Pictured in front of the two dyes above is a roller designed to screw onto the bottles and roll the dye directly from the bottle onto your material. This is not needed! I actually found it much easier to work with a paint brush.

I used two colors… plum in the InkoDye (above, right) and teal in the Solar Fast (above, left).

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All you do is paint the dye onto the fabric (do this inside in a well ventilated area, if possible, or work fast… the dye will start developing quickly in the sun) and lay your items onto the fabric.

I would suggest also trying to dab your fabric with a paper towel to get any extra dye off… I did not do this for my first project and ended up with some weird blotches.

The InkoDye (looks reddish in the above picture) developed much faster than the SolarFast Dye (the brownish color).

Tip: I think it was the InkoDye that smelled strongly of ammonia. One of them (or both) smelled really strong and that was while working in an open area outside. If you work inside before putting it in the sun… it MUST be in a well ventilated area.

After letting your project sit outside in the sun, or under a UV light, for about 20 minutes (I let mine sit out for about 30 minutes), take it inside and remove the objects.

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This is not the best photo… but this is what it looked like after I hand-washed it.

What you are going to want to do after taking your project out of the sun is wash it using InkoWash or SolarFast Wash. This removes any undeveloped dye from your project, making the contrast of the design easier to see.

I would suggest using the washing machine instructions on the bottle. I tried washing it by hand and it didn’t seem to work as well. Wash your project in the washing machine with 2-3 cap fulls of the detergent and then run it through the dryer.

Then you are finished! You now have a one of a kind item!

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Tip: I would be careful washing it with other items of clothing. The box said that after two washes, it should be fine but I haven’t tested this out yet.

For more information, check out these sites:

http://www.inkodye.com/projects

http://www.jacquardproducts.com/solarfast.html

Interested in buying some? Look into coupons or sales! This dye can be a bit expensive but is a ton of fun to experiment with!

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