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31 July 2015

Indigo Dyed Scarf DIY

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I missed Scarf Week (see all the posts HERE!), but better late than never, right?  Today I am going to show you how to make a super simple, tie-dyed scarf.  This is one of the easiest (and least expensive!) tutorials of the week, so if you are intimidated by the more complex tutorials, start with the scarf!

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits

This is Makers Week here at the Nest and I have partnered with Maker's Kit
to bring you these fun ideas and a chance to WIN every single craft you see this week!
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

SUPPLIES:

  • 24"x72" cotton fabric
  • dying container
  • navy fabric dye
  • wax paper
  • gloves and rubbers bands
Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits

*When you buy a Maker's Kit, ALL the supplies you need in the exact amounts you need are included. You WILL be paying more than if you buy the ingredients in bulk, but if this is your first foray into lip balm-making, a kit is a fun and easy was to initiate yourself!


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Remove fabric from the bottle and add 2-3 inches of warm water.  Decant fabric dye into water carefully as not to spill.  Wear gloves if you are worried about a mess -- fabric dye is permanent and CAN make a big mess.

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits

2. Roll, fold and tie fabric as you wish.  I started by rolling the upper two corners around a finger and tying into knots with rubberbands. 

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits
 I left the bottom of the scarf mainly open for a nice dark indigo and folded the middle randomly. 
 Secure the whole bundle with several more rubberbands.  

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits

3. Place tied fabric into the jar. Slowly add water to cover the fabric and seal the jar.  

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits

Over a stainless steel sink or old tub, turn the container over and around to fully coat the fabric in dye. 

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits

4. Allow the container to sit for 1-2 hours.

5. Remove fabric carefully and with gloves, then rinse in a stainless steel sink to remove the dye. 
Repeat until the water runs clear.  Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits

6. Dry scarf on a clothesline or other stainproof surface.
Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits 
7. Wash and dry scarf BY ITSELF in the washer and dryer to fully set the dye. 
The scarf WILL dye anything else you might put in the washer, so make sure to wash and dry it BY ITSELF.
8. Wear, enjoy and wash in medium-dark load laundry as normal. (No reds, No whites!)
Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits
See the lettuce seedling in that pot down there?  There is teensy tiny mint in that taller pot too!
 GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED
Want to WIN the full Scarf of Bandana kit?  You can! 
Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one of the FIVE Maker's Kits I am featuring this week!
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits
It makes a nice little hammock blanket too!

Watch Maker's Kit Bandana/Scarf Video HERE


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Indigo Dyed Scarf DIY

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I missed Scarf Week (see all the posts HERE!), but better late than never, right?  Today I am going to show you how to make a super simple, tie-dyed scarf.  This is one of the easiest (and least expensive!) tutorials of the week, so if you are intimidated by the more complex tutorials, start with the scarf!

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits

This is Makers Week here at the Nest and I have partnered with Maker's Kit
to bring you these fun ideas and a chance to WIN every single craft you see this week!
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

SUPPLIES:

  • 24"x72" cotton fabric
  • dying container
  • navy fabric dye
  • wax paper
  • gloves and rubbers bands
Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits

*When you buy a Maker's Kit, ALL the supplies you need in the exact amounts you need are included. You WILL be paying more than if you buy the ingredients in bulk, but if this is your first foray into lip balm-making, a kit is a fun and easy was to initiate yourself!


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Remove fabric from the bottle and add 2-3 inches of warm water.  Decant fabric dye into water carefully as not to spill.  Wear gloves if you are worried about a mess -- fabric dye is permanent and CAN make a big mess.

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits

2. Roll, fold and tie fabric as you wish.  I started by rolling the upper two corners around a finger and tying into knots with rubberbands. 

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits
 I left the bottom of the scarf mainly open for a nice dark indigo and folded the middle randomly. 
 Secure the whole bundle with several more rubberbands.  

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits

3. Place tied fabric into the jar. Slowly add water to cover the fabric and seal the jar.  

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits

Over a stainless steel sink or old tub, turn the container over and around to fully coat the fabric in dye. 

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits

4. Allow the container to sit for 1-2 hours.

5. Remove fabric carefully and with gloves, then rinse in a stainless steel sink to remove the dye. 
Repeat until the water runs clear.  Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits

6. Dry scarf on a clothesline or other stainproof surface.
Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits 
7. Wash and dry scarf BY ITSELF in the washer and dryer to fully set the dye. 
The scarf WILL dye anything else you might put in the washer, so make sure to wash and dry it BY ITSELF.
8. Wear, enjoy and wash in medium-dark load laundry as normal. (No reds, No whites!)
Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits
See the lettuce seedling in that pot down there?  There is teensy tiny mint in that taller pot too!
 GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED
Want to WIN the full Scarf of Bandana kit?  You can! 
Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one of the FIVE Maker's Kits I am featuring this week!
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

Create a Hand-Dyed Bandana or Scarf with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons and Makers Kits
It makes a nice little hammock blanket too!

Watch Maker's Kit Bandana/Scarf Video HERE


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30 July 2015

Cucumber Melon and Patchouli Soy Candles

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No, not together. Two different candle colors and scents, but the same technique!  Today, we are going to make simple soy candles in little tins that are great for gifting or just to have around for burning.  Follow along to learn how to make these candles and then enter to WIN a Maker's Kit to make your own at the bottom of the post! (There will be a total of FIVE winners for the FIVE different kits featured this week!) GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

This is Makers Week here at the Nest and I have partnered with Maker's Kit
to bring you these fun ideas and a chance to WIN every single craft you see this week!

SUPPLIES:

  • Soy Chips - 1/2 pound
  • Small Tins (Glass or Ceramic work too!)
  • Wicks
  • Stir stick or spoon
  • Various Fragrance or Color Additives
  • Waxed Paper or Cardboard (for spills)
  • Rubbing alcohol in spray bottle
  • Various Gifting Ribbons, etc.
Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons
*When you buy a Maker's Kit, ALL the supplies you need in the exact amounts you need are included.  You WILL be paying more than if you buy the ingredients in bulk, but if this is your first foray into candle-making, a kit is a fun and easy was to initiate yourself!


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Start by laying out all your supplies.  Parts of this process move farily quickly, so you want to have everything on hand.
2. Open up the Maker's Kit video HERE whether you are making a kit or not.  There are great tips for candle making!
3. Start by heating up your soy chips in a microwave safe bowl 30-60 seconds at a time.  The Maker's Kit folks suggest a double boiler, but I just use a basic bowl and heat slowly.  You do not want to heat the wax to boiling or it can explode.  Use caution!
4. Once the wax is melted, add any fragrance or color you wish.  I added the included cucumber melon to one candle and saved the red color chip for the second.  (I think the red color with cucumber melon scent is a little ???)  For the red candle, I added in 5-7 drops of patchouli for an earthy candle.  You can add any essential oil you choose for scent and commercial food dye gels are great for colorings!
5. Dip the metal wick bottom in the hot wax and place it on the bottom of the tin.  I do this a couple times to get a nice thick wax seal for the wick.  Allow it to dry.

Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

6. CAREFULLY pour hot wax into tin.  It will burn, so you might want to wear the gloves included in your kit. If you spill a little wax on the waxed paper, let it dry and it will peel right off and can be reheated.
7. Prop the wick up so it goes straight up the center of the candle and allow the candle to cure at room temperature.

Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons
8. While hot, spray the top of the candle with a little rubbing alcohol to reduce air bubbles.


Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

9. When the candle is "jiggly" like Jello, you can add in "pretty things" if you wish.  Anything that does not readily burn is an option to decorate the surface of your candle.  I chose to add in some pretty sea glass that I have been collecting from the ocean.  If one piece sinks in your candle, leave it be and wait until the candle has set up and is firmer.  Once all bits are placed on the surface of the candle, spray once more with a little rubbing alcohol to set.

Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

10.  Once the candle is completely firm, trim the wick and gift or burn!

Watch the instructional video HERE!

Buy the soy candle kit HERE!

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED
Want to WIN the full soy candle kit?  You can! 
Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one of the 5 Maker's Kits I am featuring this week!

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

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Cucumber Melon and Patchouli Soy Candles

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No, not together. Two different candle colors and scents, but the same technique!  Today, we are going to make simple soy candles in little tins that are great for gifting or just to have around for burning.  Follow along to learn how to make these candles and then enter to WIN a Maker's Kit to make your own at the bottom of the post! (There will be a total of FIVE winners for the FIVE different kits featured this week!) GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

This is Makers Week here at the Nest and I have partnered with Maker's Kit
to bring you these fun ideas and a chance to WIN every single craft you see this week!

SUPPLIES:

  • Soy Chips - 1/2 pound
  • Small Tins (Glass or Ceramic work too!)
  • Wicks
  • Stir stick or spoon
  • Various Fragrance or Color Additives
  • Waxed Paper or Cardboard (for spills)
  • Rubbing alcohol in spray bottle
  • Various Gifting Ribbons, etc.
Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons
*When you buy a Maker's Kit, ALL the supplies you need in the exact amounts you need are included.  You WILL be paying more than if you buy the ingredients in bulk, but if this is your first foray into candle-making, a kit is a fun and easy was to initiate yourself!


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Start by laying out all your supplies.  Parts of this process move farily quickly, so you want to have everything on hand.
2. Open up the Maker's Kit video HERE whether you are making a kit or not.  There are great tips for candle making!
3. Start by heating up your soy chips in a microwave safe bowl 30-60 seconds at a time.  The Maker's Kit folks suggest a double boiler, but I just use a basic bowl and heat slowly.  You do not want to heat the wax to boiling or it can explode.  Use caution!
4. Once the wax is melted, add any fragrance or color you wish.  I added the included cucumber melon to one candle and saved the red color chip for the second.  (I think the red color with cucumber melon scent is a little ???)  For the red candle, I added in 5-7 drops of patchouli for an earthy candle.  You can add any essential oil you choose for scent and commercial food dye gels are great for colorings!
5. Dip the metal wick bottom in the hot wax and place it on the bottom of the tin.  I do this a couple times to get a nice thick wax seal for the wick.  Allow it to dry.

Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

6. CAREFULLY pour hot wax into tin.  It will burn, so you might want to wear the gloves included in your kit. If you spill a little wax on the waxed paper, let it dry and it will peel right off and can be reheated.
7. Prop the wick up so it goes straight up the center of the candle and allow the candle to cure at room temperature.

Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons
8. While hot, spray the top of the candle with a little rubbing alcohol to reduce air bubbles.


Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

9. When the candle is "jiggly" like Jello, you can add in "pretty things" if you wish.  Anything that does not readily burn is an option to decorate the surface of your candle.  I chose to add in some pretty sea glass that I have been collecting from the ocean.  If one piece sinks in your candle, leave it be and wait until the candle has set up and is firmer.  Once all bits are placed on the surface of the candle, spray once more with a little rubbing alcohol to set.

Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

10.  Once the candle is completely firm, trim the wick and gift or burn!

Watch the instructional video HERE!

Buy the soy candle kit HERE!

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED
Want to WIN the full soy candle kit?  You can! 
Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one of the 5 Maker's Kits I am featuring this week!

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

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29 July 2015

Hammered Metal Charm & Collected Shell Necklace

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Today, we are going to make a pretty necklace inspired by family fun and beachside memories.  Follow along to learn how to make this necklace and then enter to WIN a Maker's Kit to make your own at the bottom of the post! Remember, every day this week I am featuring a different kit and giving you a chance to win one of FIVE fun kits!  Tweet a bunch and you might win TWO!  That is FIVE KITS you guys -- enter to win at the bottom of the post!  GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

Hammered Metal Charm and Shell Necklace Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

This is Makers Week here at the Nest and I have partnered with Maker's Kit
to bring you these fun ideas and a chance to WIN every single craft you see this week!
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

SUPPLIES:

  • Full Alphabet and Number Stamping Set
  • Metal Stamping Hammer
  • 2 Circular Brass Blanks
  • Brown Faux-Suede Leather Cord
  • Brass Ball and Chain Necklace
  • 2 Brass Plated Split Jump Rings
  • Chipboard 
  • Free Video Guide
  • Various shells, baubles or charms (not included in Maker's Kit...find beach combing!)
  • optional - Jewelry Drill for Shells/Seaglass with no holes
  • concrete floor, wood surface, sidewalk, etc (hard hammering surface)
Hammered Metal Charm and Shell Necklace Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons
    *When you buy a Maker's Kit, ALL the supplies you need in the exact amounts you need are included (a great way to get a metal punching tool kit!).  You WILL be paying more than if you buy the ingredients in bulk, but if this is your first foray into metal-stamping, a kit is a fun and easy was to initiate yourself!

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Start by deciding how you want your necklace to look and what you want it to say.  You can make dogtag like necklaces, luggage tags, bracelet, etc. I wanted to put the names of my four children on the tags and add a couple shells from our favorite beach - Glass Cove.
    2. If you have never used metal stamping letters before, practice on cardboard first.  Place your stamp letter down and hit on the top 2-3 times HARD.

    Hammered Metal Charm and Shell Necklace Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

    3. Use a pencil to make lines on your brass pieces for even words or just freehand alignment.   Place your stamp letter down and hit on the top 2-3 times HARD. Repeat to create whichever word you choose.
    4. Attach metal pieces to chain or leather.
    5. If you choose to add shells or seaglass, they will need a hole.  Some shells come complete with a hole straight from the ocean, while others need drilling.  Use a Dremel or other Jewelry Drill (I use THIS ONE so I do not have to worry about charging batteries...it is on sale now for $25 down from $70) and drill at a high speed into the shell while it sits in a small bit of water (to keep it cool).
    6. Use the included jump ring to attach shells to chain or simply string the chain through the holes.

    Hammered Metal Charm and Shell Necklace Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

    Want to WIN the full jewelry-making kit?  You can! 
    (I love this one because those stamping kits alone costs between $15-25!)

    Hammered Metal Charm and Shell Necklace Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

    Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one of the FIVE Maker's Kits I am featuring this week!
    GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

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