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Why is it important to plan properly for a party?

Party Planning

There is also a lot to plan for when you are holding a party. There are so many things to take care of, whenever you want to host a picnic, birthday party, or ant kind of event. So if you are wondering what you should be doing for that party preparation, you have come to the right place. This website can give you all sorts o information and tips to fully prepare for your party. You will get guides on how to do party crafts and other kinds of relevant information and arts and crafts related to parties. And in addition to all of that, this website also has got tips for decorating and baking your pastries and cakes as well. So you can find all sorts of useful information about baking and party preparation on this website.

Arts and Crafts

If you are good enough at arts and crafts for party preparation you can even make a living off of your hobby when you preparing crafts for parties. Some people pay some really good money for well-made invitations and other kinds of party goods. So if for example, you find that you are really good at typography, maybe you could put your skills to good use. If you want to expand your craft hobby into a business it is totally possible. You just have to practice on making invitations and such items. And if you get good enough, you may even be able to sell your hand-made invitations.

These are just some of things to remember whenever you are going to hold a party. All of the skills that you will need are basically related to arts and crafts. However, you do not need to be that creative to plan a picture perfect birthday party or picnic. You can just follow the ideas and guides on this website.

Benefits of being prepared for a party:

  1. Better looking party – If you want your party to look picture perfect, you should prepare ahead of time. You should plan ahead with the details of your party. For example, you could make the streamers of the party and even the cake decorations match as well.
  1. People will enjoy it more – The guests that you invite are going to love the party more if it looks awesome. Decorations, sweets and the overall look of your party can have a huge impact on the enjoyment of the guests that you invite.
  1. The look of your party can make a huge difference – The actual appearance of your party venue can make a huge difference in how successful it will be. If you want your party to become a hit, you should always prepare ahead with the crafts needed for that party.

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Father’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make from Digital Photos: King of the Castle T- Shirt

This King of the Castle T-shirt is a cute homemade gift that kids can make for Dad to wear on Father’s Day. Every Dad I know loves homemade gifts and this digital photo inspired craft is rather cute!
My favorite feature of this King of the Castle Father’s Day t-shirt is that you can incorporate the entire family in the finished product.

To Make a King of the Castle Father’s Day T Shirt You Will Need:

T shirt
Puff paint
Fabric paint (colors to be recommended)
Photo transfer papers
Digital photos
Scissors or pinking sheers
Brown fabric felt (optional)
Interfacing (optional)
Twine or string (optional)

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The first step is to wash your t-shirt.

Now, find small wallet sized photos of the entire family. The photo of Dad can be a little larger to help him stand out; it is Father’s Day after all.

Now, pint your photos out on your digital photo transfer paper.

Cut each photo out individually with scissors or pinking sheers.

Now, you will need a large piece of sketch paper.

You wan tot trace Dad’s King of the Castle Father’s Day T Shirt on the paper.

Now, draw a simply castle shape in the middle that really fills up as much space as possible. Be sure to not draw too close to the collar or sides.

Now, randomly lay out the photos you cut out to get and idea of where to draw windows. Each family member will have his or her photo in a window.

You can have a tower on the castle and put Dad’s photo in a window there. You could also use Dad’s photo in the main door of the castle, but we will discuss this option later.

Now, draw out your windows.

Cut out the castle and the windows. Use this pattern to trace the castle onto the Father’s Day t-shirt.

Now, iron on and transfer the photos to the window areas on the King of the Castle Father’s Day T Shirt.

Now, you are ready for the paint!

You can use gray fabric paint to paint in the entire castle. Let this dry.

Once dry you can us puff paint and fabric paint pens to outline the castle and add details.

Be sure to add a flag on top of the castle that says “Happy Father’s Day.”

Let these paints dry completely.

For the emote option you can cut out a piece of brown felt that fits over the door to the castle.

Iron it onto a piece of fusible interfacing and trim the whole door to eliminate any rough edges.

Now, have Mom sew the bottom of the door or the side of the door to the t-shirt, so that it is attached but can still open.

You can sew on some snaps to hold it shut!

Kids will love making this digital photo craft project for Father’s Day and Dad will love wearing it!


Diaper Cakes: How to Make the Ultimate Treat for a Baby Boy

A few years ago, several of my friends started their families. It seemed as if each month I was attending another baby shower. With showers for little girls, there does not seem to be any shortage of cute things to buy. But what can you do for a little boy? Try a diaper cake. It is a perfect way to give a custom, personalized gift that stands out from the sea of little T-shirts. It is also a great way to be eco-friendly, in that everything you use can either be reused or is a part of the actual gift.
Set the Budget

The first thing you need to do is set your budget. It is very easy to wind up spending much more than you anticipated so write down your ideas. Shop at inexpensive locations such as Wal-mart or Target. Often they will have great deals on toys and clothing for babies and it is good quality. Here as an example for a medium sized, 3 layer “cake.”

24-48 diapers (size newborn and/or size one), $8-10

Curling ribbon, $2

Receiving blanket (or tulle), $1-4

Baby powder (large bottle), $1

Baby travel kit (shampoo, lotion, etc.), $2-3

Link-a-doos (plastic links for play, etc.), $2

Wet Ones (individually wrapped), $1

Scratch mitts, $2-3

Socks (package of 3 or 6), $4

Spoons, $3

Rattle, varies

Teething ring, $1

Pacifiers, $2-3

Baby toothbrush, $1-2

Comb/Brush set, varies

Baby medical kit, $8

One (or more) things off their registry, varies

Adjust the list as needed based on how much you want to spend and what you want to buy. The beauty of the cake is that it is truly customized. But before you shop, design the cake first so you know about how it is going to look.

Design your Cake

Note: Directions given are for a medium sized, three layer diaper cake.

Designing your cake needs to incorporate your budget and theme. If the parents-to-be have already let everyone know the name of the baby or the theme of the baby’s room, you can design around that. Keep in mind that a big cake will get expensive because of all the diapers. One or two layer cakes are just as cute and appropriate. You can also google diaper cakes online and glean ideas from websites devoted to diaper cakes.

Begin with a base for your cake. What are you going to put in on or will you be able to wrap it tightly enough that nothing will fall through? Personally, I like to slip a book under the cake as a “tray.” It is a useful way of transporting the gift and then when opened it is part of the gift. Some friends who have made cakes like to use the decorative cardboard similar to what is used with actual wedding cakes.

Next work with the core of the cake. Take a large, cylindrical item, such as a bottle of baby powder or a bottle (for small cakes) or an outfit or towel (for larger cakes.) Using a core also helps you save a little money on diapers since that part can get expensive. Anything that can be made cylindrical will work. If you can find the giant plastic baby bottle shaped jars, these will work best for large cakes. You can use it as the core and fill up the jar with all the essentials.

Now you are ready to begin making the cake. Take your diapers and start wrapping them around the base. Put the white side (usually the back of the diaper) to the outside. You may need more than one pair of hands to hold them in place. Once you have a good sized bottom layer (about as wide as your hand), tie it off tightly with ribbon. Then proceed to the second layer making it slightly smaller than the first. The top layer will be small, only about three or four diapers are needed. If the core does not reach the top, take one diaper and tie it tightly into a tube shape and curl the rest of the diapers around that. If you are concerned the top layer will fall, take one of the gifts, such as a few baby spoons, and use it to anchor the top layer to the middle. Variation: You can take each individual diaper and curl it into a tight cylinder shape and tie with ribbon. Using the tied diapers you can then shape into the layers of the cake. You may use fewer diapers but spend more time on the cake. It can also be frustrating to the mother-to-be to have to unroll each diaper to use.

Decorate the Cake

Once you have your cake made, decorating will be the fun part. This is where you can be as creative as you like. If you want to keep the cake simple and sophisticated, use a jar as the core of the cake and fill it with essentials such as nail clippers, thermometers, socks, et cetera.

But if you really want a fun, boy themed cake, try these suggestions:

-If you used the bottle of powder as a base, you may have a little extra room to tuck a stuffed animal or a rattle at the top- makes a fun cake “topper.”

-Keep the cake small and fit a little teddy bear cap over the top layer of the cake and use the socks and scratch mitts for hands and feet. Link-a-doos are great for hooking gifts to the ribbon or even using as “ribbon” decoration.

-Make an Eric Carle Caterpillar cake. Use The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle as a tray and have a stuffed caterpillar coming out of the top layer. If you can find the Hungry Caterpillar line of clothing, use the onesie as a core.

-If the daddy-to-be (or mommy) is a sports fan, use a ball cap on the top layer and a baby bat for the core. Or use a football as the base and top with a tiny helmet.

-A lollypop cake is a fun hide-and-seek gift. Take the gifts and tuck into the layers on the cake. Over each gift, fit a sock or scratch mitt.

-A train themed cake is easily accomplished by using a train book as the tray and tucking trains in the cake layers. Top it with a small train bank or toy.

-Teddy bear themes are easy to find and can be adorable. Take a stuffed bear and use it for the core (this can be tricky) and only make one or two layers of cake. Leave the bear’s arms and head free to “pop” out of the top of the cake. Tuck a bear story, such as Corduroy by Don Freeman, underneath as the base tray.

-Bath time ducky is a great themed cake for a little boy (or even a gender neutral) cake. Use a hooded duck towel as the core and tuck bath time essentials like nail clippers, soap, shampoo, washcloths, etc. in the layers of the cake. Top with a rubber duck and serve on a baby bathtub tray.

Finishing Touches

Once you have completed your creation, finish the cake with flair. You can use a baby blanket to wrap the cake in for a completely user-friendly cake or use tulle. Wal-mart sells tulle by the yard and it is very inexpensive wrapping. Wrapping paper does not work well because of the dimensions of a cake which is why I recommend fabric. Tie it off with ribbon and for a nice additional touch, tie a small toy in with the ribbon. For example, for your rubber duck cake, tie it off with a tiny, plastic duck or use ducky ribbon.

Another idea is to tie it off with an ornament. A baby’s first Christmas ornament is a special way to welcome the new addition and creative gift tag.

Be sure to include a personal note explaining that everything in the cake is “fresh.” You will have removed most of the original packaging and tags for aesthetic purposes. Here is an example of what you can say: “This Diaper Cake is baked with love amp; fresh ingredients especially for your new little one. Be sure to take it apart and find all the hidden treasures. Congratulations on the newest family member!” Or include this note: All items used in the cake are brand new but unwashed. They were removed from original packaging for aesthetic purposes.

The receiver of your amazing creation will not only enjoy the unique gift but be honored that you expended so much effort to be creative.

DIY for Kids: Make a Custom Handprint T-Shirt for Father’s Day

For father’s day this year, forget purchasing a mass-produced gift at the store and instead help your kids to make a fun and personalized gift. This project is suitable for children of all ages including babies, toddlers, and older children.

Materials Needed:

1. Blank t-shirt in color of your choice. Be sure to get a size that will fit dad. Check Old Navy or Target for good basic t-shirts in a variety of colors.
2. Fabric paints. Select your favorite colors, but be sure to purchase paints that will NOT wash off. Available at local craft stores.
3. Fine tip fabric paint. Select a fine tip fabric paint pen for writing. Available at local craft stores.
4. Paper plates.
5. Newspaper.

How to Make a Father’s Day Custom Handprint T-Shirt

1. Spread the newspaper over your entire working surface and the floor below. This step is important because fabric paints are very difficult to remove from carpeting if spilled. You may also want to change the kids into play clothes for this project.

2. Decide on a design for the handprint t-shirt. You can do random patterns or choose to create a special design. You may also want each child to create his or her own special custom handprint shirt for dad. Or, you can combine all the handprints onto one shirt.

3. Pour a small amount of fabric paint onto a paper plate. Add one fabric paint color per paper paint.

4. Flatten the t-shirt onto the working surface. I suggest adding protective paper in between the layers of the t-shirt to prevent the fabric paint from leeching into the backside of the shirt.

5. Have your child spread enough fabric paint onto his or hand to ensure a good impression on the t-shirt. Be careful that your child does not have too much paint or the handprint will not be crisp.

6. Press your child’s hand onto the t-shirt in a random pattern or a special design. Older children can handle this step without assistance, but babies and toddlers will need your help to make a clean hand impression. Be sure to press each finger down onto the t-shirt.

7. Use the fine tip fabric paint to write a special message. Remember to include the child’s name, date, and age.

8. Let the shirt dry per the recommended instructions on the fabric paints. You’ll most likely need to keep the shirt drying flat for at least 24 hours so find a good hiding place!

9. Wrap the t-shirt in festive father’s day wrapping paper and surprise him this father’s day with a fun and unique custom handprint t-shirt.

Custom Handprint T-Shirt Design Ideas for Father’s Day

Make a pirate skull shape. Purchase a solid black t-shirt and use white fabric paint. Draw out a pirate skull ahead of time for reference. Have your child overlap handprints to create the skull outline on the shirt. This design idea is a great one for older children.

Make a patriotic t-shirt. Purchase a solid white t-shirt and use red and blue fabric paints. Your children can create a pattern with their hands to simulate exploding fireworks.

Make a moose t-shirt. Purchase your favorite color of t-shirt. Use one color of fabric paint and have your child press their left hand and right hand a few inches apart and slightly angled outwards. Use the fine tip fabric paint to draw the moose head under the handprint antlers.

Bleach Stamped Vintage T-Shirt

Easily express yourself with a vintage looking, bleach stamped t-shirt! Not only are these fun to make, they are fully customizable. The kids can help on this one, but be sure to wear rubber gloves and not touch your skin or eyes when working with bleach.
For this project, you will need:

– Bleach

– Rubber gloves

– A dark colored, plain t-shirt (such as a burgundy, black, navy, olive, etc.)

– Paper towels

– A paper plate

– Cardboard

– Newspaper

– Rubber stamps in images, letters, or both

– An artist’s brush (optional)

– Stencils (optional)

– An old toothbrush (optional)

– A small dish (optional)

Begin by first covering your entire workspace with newspaper to protect it. Fold a paper towel into fourths and place it directly on the paper plate. Slowly pour a generous amount of bleach onto the paper towel, and let it soak in.

Lay the t-shirt out onto your workspace. It is advised that you have a general idea of the design of your shirt before you begin. Place the cardboard in the inside of the shirt so that any excess bleach does not soak through to the back of the shirt.

Press a rubber stamp into the bleach soaked paper towel, as though you would an ink pad. Press the bleach coated stamp directly onto the shirt, and hold firmly for about fifteen seconds. The color effect will lighten the shirt within a few minutes. Continue with as many rubber stamps as you’d like, or even add lettering with stamps as well.

Do not feel limited to just rubber stamps, either. Dip an artist’s brush into a small container of bleach and paint a design directly on the shirt, either freehand or with stencils. For a splatter appearance, dip the head of an old toothbrush into a small container of bleach, coating it well. Rub the pad of your rubber gloved thumb across the bristles, pointing downward so that the splattered bleach coats the shirt. Be creative with your design!

Allow the shirt to sit overnight before washing by itself in the washing machine (to prevent any bleach from washing off into any other articles of clothing).

TIP: For an added look, add paint once the bleach has dried overnight. Simply mix a bit of textile medium with any color acrylic paint, and get decorating! Try using stamps, stencils, or even just going freehand with an artist’s brush.

Fashionable, Unique T-Shirts Created by Normal People

There are ongoing t-shirt design contests that determine which shirts would sell best. These contests are judged by the other members on our site. This is the best way to do this, as they are the ones buying the t-shirts.

There are 2 main contests: design and slogan.

The other contest- the design contest where you create a t-shirt design that has no more than 5 colors in it. With this phase of the contest, you’re going to need to use your heat press machine to transfer vinyl onto your design. That’s right, you’re using good old fashioned heat press to make your shirt. We expect you to submit no less than 8 separate heat press designs. Each design should be unique. We also want you to tell us what brand of heat press machine you have used.

Please note that we are not accepting shirts that have rhinestones on them. So for those of you that KEEP submitting shirts with them, then please stop!

Carol from Denver wrote in:

If you’ve ever crafted anything that required rhinestones you know what a hassle it is to pick up the tiny little stones and place them perfectly on the garment or accessory. If you place the adhesive onto the back of the rhinestone, then you drop it accidentally, you’ve got glue on places of the garment where you don’t want it. And if you add the adhesive to the garment, then drop the stone wrong, you’ll have glue on your rhinestone, a smear of adhesive on the garment, and generally, a big mess.

With a new product on the market called Iron-on Glamour Rhinestones, you can forget the adhesives and other struggles. With the new product you can follow one of many included patterns or you can create your own design. A special tray allows you to keep the rhinestones in place until the design is created.

When you’ve finished the design, and all the rhinestones are in place on the tray, you’ll simply place a piece of the included special tape over the design, then lift. The rhinestones adhere to the tape which is then placed onto the desired garment or object. Touch with a hot iron for 30 seconds and the rhinestones are permanently affixed. Each tape piece can be used many times so you don’t have to worry about reordering tape again and again.

The tray is a remarkable yet simple invention. It has tiny, bowl-shaped compartments – one for each rhinestone of the design. The tray allows you to make large designs or small with no trouble. Just pick up each stone with the special tweezers which are included, then place the desired color stone into the proper tray compartment, until you’ve created the design you want.

The Glamour Rhinestone kit contains over 700 rhinestones, in various colors and types, like clear, red, blue, green – even jewel tone colors. You receive the tray, jewels, tape, patterns and idea booklet which will help you create hundreds of designs. You can also re-order stones, or purchase different types of rhinestones, as well as instructional booklets and additional patterns.

The rhinestones can be attached to anything that can accept a hot iron for 30 seconds. Keep in mind that the hot iron will be placed on the ironing tape, not directly on the fabric or object, so there’s no need to worry about damaging most fabrics and surfaces. After applying the iron, and allowing a short cooling period, you’ll simply lift off the tape and see your design, affixed to the garment or other object.

Put rhinestones on fabrics, belts, purses, hair accessories, scarves, bandanas, shoes, socks, luggage, lamps, cards or envelopes, mirrors, picture frames, small appliances, planters and much, much more. It’s easy to customize many different items in your wardrobe or in your home.

You can launder the garments and accessories at home, but keep in mind that heat is not the adhesive’s friend. Wash items in cold water and dry on a “fluff” setting. Items can also be dry cleaned.

You’ll find the Iron-On Glamour Rhinestone products at the Home Shopping Network, online, or on television where HSN is featured. Be sure and check out their selection of additional stones and patterns.

Not only is the Iron-On Glamour Rhinestone line of products a great bargain, but it allows you to make fanciful designs in little time – without the hassle and mess of traditional rhinestone-setting methods. Try the kit today. I guarantee you’ll want to do more and more designs, since the technique is addicting and fun!

So what I’m getting at, is please don’t be like Carol. Make your t shirt according to our instructions and you’ll do fine in the contest.

3 picnic materials that you will need

Before you head out to your picnic, there are a few materials that you will need to prepare in advance. You will need to have all of these picnic materials before you even send out your invitations or prepare your food. If you want to make your planned picnic go as smoothly as possible, you should be ready with all of these materials. So it is best that you collect these picnic materials ahead of time. You can go shopping for them or even make them yourself if you have got the time. So without further ado, here are the things that you will need to bring with you for a complete picnic experience.

Picnic basket – Ideally the picnic basket that you get should be one that is big enough to hold all of your food and materials. You should try to get a classic woven picnic basket because those are the sturdiest and they are also the best looking ones as well. The type of picnic basket that you choose can really affect the kind of picnic that you have. For example, if you want to take a picture of your picnic setting, the picture would not be complete with a short of your picnic basket as well. So you would want to get a nice-looking picnic basket.

Blanket – You will need to bring a blanket along with you as well. You would need a blanket to lay on the ground so that you can sit down on it. And this will require a large blanket. The blanket should be large enough to sit two adult persons, at the very least. And the blanket should also be durable as well. This is because it will need to be placed on the hard ground, and would need to be durable enough not to rip.

Eating utensils – You will also need to bring along some eating utensils with you to your picnic as well. These eating utensils should be easy to carry and clean-up afterward. So you may want to bring along disposables ones instead, so you can just throw them in a trash bag afterward. It is a good idea to use plastic utensils and even cardboard paper plates. If you are worried about how these kinds of disposable utensils would look, you need not worry too much. If you buy the right kinds of disposable utensils, it will actually look much better than metal cutlery, for your picnic.

So be sure to always have these ready whenever you are planning to hold a picnic party. Obviously, you would also need to have food ready for you, but that is a concern for another post. If you want to truly make your picnic an enjoyable one, you should have all of these picnic materials ready. And be sure to create some hand-made crafts for your picnic as well. If you include illustrations that you have made, you can include it in a shot with a picnic basket and the scenery that you are in. And all of that preparation for your picnic will be worth it if you have got a great picture that you can share on social media.

How using a sous vide machine is good for party meals

Are you planning to cook a meal for a holiday party? If you are going to prepare a large party meal, you will probably be serving some kind of meat dish. And if you are going to prepare a meat dish, you should be using a sous vide machine. This kind of cooking machine can be used to prepare different kinds of foods that will ensure that whatever kind of dish that you are cooking, it will end up tasting really delicious. And there are a load of different reasons why buying this kind of cooking equipment is really important if you are planning on cooking a lot of meals for party guests.

Whatever kind of meat that you are cooking, using this kind of kitchen equipment will be good for it. Be it fish, poultry, pork, and beef, you can use this cooking machine to prepare any kind of meat. So there is literally no limit to what kind of dish that you can prepare using this kind of cooking machine. And best of all, it can be used to prepare different kinds of meats with a different consistency. So if you are planning to tenderize or soften various cuts of beef for a steak, then using this kind of cooking machine will be entirely possible.

Using this kind of cooking equipment is fairly easy. You just need to put water into the machine, and then also put the meat into a vacuum sealed plastic bag. You then put the plastic bag into the machine. After that, you can then switch on the cooking machine and then hit adjust the settings. You can just sit back, relax and let the machine do all of the preparation for cooking. If you want to ensure that your meat tastes good, you should follow the recommendations for how long the meat should be prepared using this machine.

Your party guests will be able to taste the difference when they eat meat that has been prepared with this kind of kitchen cooking equipment. Meat will be noticeably softer and juicier if you use this kind of preparation of cooking. So guests will love digging into the various dishes that you have prepared using this cooking machine. Every one of your guests will compliment you on your cooking because the meat dishes will end up being so much better-tasting if it is prepared with this kind of cooking method.

So whether it is Christmas Ham or Thanksgiving Turkey, be sure to prepare that Holiday party meal the right way. And the right way to prepare that meal is to use the sous vide method of cooking. And there is no better way to use that method of cooking than to utilize a machine for that exact purpose. The meat dishes that you end up cooking will be so much better tasting, thanks to the preparation that it will undergo using these types of machines. And best of all, these kinds of machines will be so easy to use, making it more convenient for you to be able to cook for a lot of guests at any party.

Woven Vintage Hawaiian Shirts Headboard

To Make a Woven Vintage Hawaiian Shirts Head Board You Will need:

Vintage Hawaiian Shirts


Power Drill

Screws (At least 4″ long and up to 6″)

Staple Gun

Scissors or pinking sheers

Push Pins

The first step to this project is to measure your bed. You can make your woven Vintage Hawaiian Shirts retro headboard the same width as your bed, but adding a little extra length onto either side will add lots of drama. You could also make this headboard really tall for a huge impact. The woven Vintage Hawaiian Shirts headboard attaches to the wall, so you are not limited by the width of your bed frame.

The first step is to cut your 2X4’s to length. You will be making a frame, just like a picture frame.

Assemble your 2X4’s by screwing 2 heavy steel screws into each corner. Pre drill your holes so that you do not split the 2X4’s.

Once you have your square or rectangular frame assembled you need to determine how sturdy it is. This simple frame will be sturdy enough for a smaller headboard, but if you are making a taller or wider headboard for a dramatic effect you may need to install internal support. To do this measures the distance between the top and bottom pieces. Cut 2 2X4’s to this exact length. Place one beam 1/3 of the way in fro the left side of the headboard structure. Place the other support beam in 1/3 of the way form the right side. Pre drill holes in through the bottom and top 2X4’s. Attach them with a steel screw.

I like to paint my retro headboard frame out in a paint that is similar in color to the Vintage Hawaiian Shirt fabric. Although the Vintage Hawaiian Shirt fabric will completely cover the retro headboard, you should not overlook the small details. If a bit of the frame were to show through after time, you would want it to look finished and match the fabric. This step is optional though.

Now that your frame is built for the headboard you can start applying the woven Vintage Hawaiian Shirts fabric.

To do this you will need to cut your Vintage Hawaiian Shirts fabric into strips that are 4 inches wide. They should be as long as you headboard, plus 8 inches. The extra 8 inches will allow you to wrap the strip of jute fabric around the frame and staple it into place.

Now, no Vintage Hawaiian Shirt is going to be long enough to make these strips. So, you will need to cut your strips, lay them end-to-end unit you have the correct length to wrap your headboard and stitch them together.

Use a brown twine like thread or heavy duty thread dike you find in jeans. Use a fun stitch on the sewing machine like a zigzag to make this look neat!

Lay the retro headboard frame flat on the ground. Start by laying your first strip of Vintage Hawaiian Shirt fabric flush with the left side of your headboard, running vertically. This strip of Vintage Hawaiian Shirt fabric should be lying underneath of you headboard so you can wrap it up around the frame and staple it into place. Staple both ends of the fabric securely to the frame, making sure the staples are on the back of the frame.

Repeat this process. You should line your strips of Vintage Hawaiian Shirt fabric evenly next to each other. Do not leave any space between the strips.

Continue this until the entire country headboard is covered in strips of Vintage Hawaiian Shirt Fabric.

Carefully flip your headboard over so that the front is lying face up.

Start at the top of the headboard and begin to weave the first horizontal strip of Vintage Hawaiian Shirt fabric across the headboard. It should be flush with the top of the headboard. Hold the beginning of the strip in place at the end of the frame with a pushpin. Be sure to leave enough length to wrap it around to the back of the headboard later. World you’re way across the headboard weaving in and out of the first layer of strips. When you reach the right side use another pushpin to hold the strip of jute in place at the edge of the frame.

Work your way down the entire length of the retro headboard repeating this process.

Once you have reached the bottom you need to gentle flip the headboard over. Lay it on a completely flat surface.

Start at the top left and wrap the excess Vintage Hawaiian Shirt strip of fabric around and staple it securely to the frame. Work your way down the left side of the headboard. Once you have completed the left side move over to the right side. Repeated the process pulling the Vintage Hawaiian Shirt strip of fabric securely and neatly around the frame. Staple in place.

To neaten up the back of the woven headboard simply cut the rough edges of Vintage Hawaiian Shirt strips off with a pair of scissors.

Attach picture-hanging hooks to the left and right 2X4’s that make up the frame. I like to make mine about 4 inches down form the top of the frame.

Install your screws securely into the wall, preferably into studs, and then hang the woven Vintage Hawaiian Shirt fabric headboard.

Express Yourself T-Shirts

Creating your own T-shirts is becoming very popular. It is great to come up with your own design or logo and create a shirt that expresses exactly what you want it to. Whether you want a logo for a team or sport you are in, a shirt to wear to a concert, shirts for friends and family that capture something they enjoy. Whatever the reason creating your own shirts is a fun way to express yourself.
If you are like me though printing out and ironing on the design on your shirt yourself proves not to be such a great idea. My iron- on’s seem to never last past a couple washes. So I decided to go online and find a dependable but fairly cheap company that would create shirts for the way I want. With any picture or text I choose.

I found Express Yourself T-Shirts. I sent in a design of a picture I created of a shirt I wanted to wear to a Luke Bryan concert. The shirt arrived pretty quickly and I love it. The shirts come with a colorful gift bag and tissue paper so if the shirt is to be a gift for someone it is ready to give. The quality of the shirts is excellent. Shipping is also free. The shirts regularly cost $11.95 but there is a summer special going on now and you can get the shirts for $9.95

Express Yourself T-Shirts is owned and operated by Michael D. Gottlieb. I asked Michael what gave him the idea to start this business and when he started it here is his answer to my question. “I had wanted to go into t-shirt creations for many years; however, it is only within the last year that I got everything together.

I have earned a PHD in Neuropsychology and an excellent background in computers. I was looking for an outlet for my background abilities. Most importantly, I have fun from the beginning of the process to its completion. The secret is in the doing of it. I will say no more except that experimentation plays an important role in the outcome of the final product.”

If you are looking for a great quality shirt designed the way you want then check Express Yourself T-shirts. Michael will create a shirt for you that you will love.

How to Turn Old Jeans and T-shirts into a Craft Project

These days it is more important than ever to find ways to save money. Before throwing out those old jeans and t-shirts, think of some uses you can find around the house for them! Instead of spending money to by new items make them! My kids who are 15, 12, and 10 do not throw anything away without asking me if we can make something out of them. It is also a great project to help keep the kids occupied, and teaches them that you don’t have to throw something away just because you are done with it. In this article we will be focusing on making items from jeans and old t-shirts.

My daughters love purses! A great use for old jeans that may be stained is to make purses or wallets out of them. My daughters have different purses that match different outfits. One of the things you can do is cut the jeans off just below the zipper leaving enough room for the bottom seam. After sewing the bottom seam up you have the base for your purse! You can take a plain t-shirt and cut it to fit the inside of the purse, sew it into the same shape and there is your lining. You can either use it like that or add some embellishments, such as cutting out designs in the jeans part of the purse and sew some decorative stitches around it. If you have a patterned t-shirt that you like you can also cut around the purse to let the design show through. Again you would want to use decorative stitches. You can also add ribbons, buttons, an old belt anything you have extra laying around to dress it up. Then you take the legs of the jeans you just cut and make the handle for the purse, or make a flap for the purse as well. You can use beads, cross stitch designs, anything that you like, your imagination is your only limit!

Another great use for old jeans is to make skirts out of them. You can make any length of skirt you desire. The picture I have posted with this article is an ankle length skirt I made for myself using a pair of jeans and a shirt that I could not wear. I cut the inside seams of the jeans, cut the shirt apart, and decided how I wanted it to look. Once I placed the pieces where I wanted them I pinned them into place, and hand sewed the seams. I sewed up the back of the skirt straight along the seams that were made. If the jeans no longer fit you can take them cut panels, cut the zipper out, and make a whole new skirt with the zipper in the back to close it. To make all the stitches match you can reuse the thread to sew all of your seams if you took it out carefully.

For my all my kids I have made laundry bags out of old clothes and t-shirts. Decide how big you want the bag to be, and you can either cut square patches out of the jeans and t-shirts, or rectangles, any shape that fits together you can use! Just pin the pieces together how you want them and sew them up. It can be a very quick project, since you don’t want to get too intricate on a laundry bag. Add a pocket seam to the top and add a cord. Viola you have a laundry bag! The best part about it is that if it gets dirty you can always throw it into the wash also!

If you are a pillow lover like me, you will love this next one. You know how your favorite pair of jeans gets nice and soft and the next thing you know they either rip or you get something on them you just can’t get off. Cut the legs off and make a pillow! You can use the rest of the jeans to stuff it with just by cutting or ripping strips and sticking them in the pillow! If you use the leg then you only have to put seams on the 2 ends for a simple pillow. You can also take and stuff the leg full, and cut circles out of the back pocket areas of the jeans to match the size and you have a cylindrical pillow with pockets on the ends. You can also cut squares out of the jeans, sew up the sides and stuff. Then you can make a more traditional square pillow. If you want to dye the fabric to match your house you can use a number of different things to dye the fabric. Or add old t-shirt pieces to your pillow to add color.

Old jeans also make great heating pads! Cut the leg off the jeans, fill with rice, sew up the ends and you have a heating pad. Put it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so and you have a great heating pad. If you like aromatherapy also you can add a few drops of oil to the rice. When it heats up you have a wonderful smell as well as having the heat that you need. Old t-shirts can also be used this way, they do tend to cool a little faster, and you have to be more carful so you don’t burn yourself.

With some old cardboard, some glue, and a lot of imagination you can make some very interesting photo frames. Cut the cardboard into whatever shape you want it to be. Making sure you make both the front and back pieces the same size. Cut a hole for the picture in the front piece. Cut the jeans or t-shirt for the back piece slightly larger then the piece about a ½ inch should work. Wrap it around the cardboard and glue in place. For the front piece, lay it on the jeans and make where the center hole will be. You want to have at least a ½ inch seam allowance around where you are going to cut for the inside piece. If you want a puffy frame you want about ¾ to an inch of seam allowance. If you are making a puffy frame, glue the batting down to the cardboard first, then glue the jeans piece into place. When both pieces are dry, glue 3 of the sides together leaving the top unglued and let dry. You can make a stand for the frame by cutting a triangle shape piece out of the cardboard, glue on the jeans or t-shirt, and attach to the frame. You can put anything you would like on the frame for decoration, add your picture and you are done! These make great Christmas presents for the kids to give to family members.

There are so many more things that you can use old jeans and t-shirts for the possibilities are endless. With your imagination I am sure you can expand on this list and come up with a lot of things on your own! Getting the kids involved is great because they often think of things that you wouldn’t. It’s also a great way to spend some quality time together!

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