Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Nadia on Fox 8 New Orleans - DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

DIY Rudolf T Shirt

What you will need for this project:

  • Felt - Tan, red, white and green
  • Puff paint - brown, white and green
  • Hot glue/gun
  • Scissors
  • Pen

Make a sketch of your design

Draw the head shape onto the felt and cut out

Draw one antler

Only draw one antler and cut out

Fold the felt and trace the antler so that you have two symmetrical antlers 

Cut them out

Hot glue the antlers behind the head

Trace the reindeer's snout onto the tan felt, then draw a circle inside, cut out.

Hot glue the tan circle onto the face

Draw a nose, cut out and glue

Cut out some ears and glue tan felt inside

Cut and glue on a mouth

Add a scarf

Hot glue whole design onto a t shirt

Use puff paint to to trace around all pieces. Use green and white paint to make stripes on the scarf. 

Put in a safe place to dry overnight 


DIY Antlers for Halloween or Christmas

My husband and I dressed up as a werewolf and victim deer for Halloween. The antlers turned out great! I'm going to wear them for an ugly Christmas sweater party as well.

What you will need for this project:

  • Aluminium foil
  • Hair band
  • Hot glue/gun
  • Mod podge
  • Newspaper 
  • Paint

Mold aluminum foil into antler shapes

Paper mache the antlers with mod podge and strips of newspaper

Try to make the antlers as smooth as possible

Mold some ears out of foil and paper mache them as well

Use hot glue to make lines on the antlers. Spray paint

Use white paint to paint the insides of the ears and also to highlight the antlers


Ugly Sweater Party DIY

I love ugly Christmas sweaters that make a pop culture reference. Does Santa’s pose look familiar? Kim Kardashian recently did a photo shoot that recreated one of Jean-Paul Goude photographs from the 60’s. But instead of champagne, of course Santa is balancing a glass of milk on his bum!

All you need for this project is:

  • Felt (red, white and tan)
  • Hot glue/gun
  • Tacky glue
  • White putty paint
  • Scissors 
  • Pen


Click on this LINK and print out the photo above and cut out all the pieces.

Each pattern piece says what color it should be traced on and what piece it is. Trace and cut each piece out of felt.

Use hot glue or tacky glue to stick all the pieces together. Then use white puffy paint to trace around all the white trim on Santa's suit. 

Hot glue Santa on to your sweater. Also glue on Santa's glass and bottle of milk.

Use puffy paint to write "MILK" on the bottle.

Cut out thin strips of felt so see where you would like to draw the milk arch

Use puffy paint to trace on your milk arch.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

3 DIY New Orleans Saints T-Shirt Designs

Football season has started! That means lots of DIY Saints gear! This Sunday, The Mercedes-Benz Superdome will host their first game of the season. Make your own DIY t-shirts to the game and cheer on the SAINTS!

There are tons of great Saints merchandise to buy, but if you want something one-of-a-kind and original, you will have to make it yourself! This post will show you 3 different ways to make t shirts. Each t-shirt is sew-free, stress-free and cost under $10 to make! The hardest part of any of these t-shirts is coming up with your own design. 

T-Shirt 1 - Stencil

What you will need:

  • Freezer paper
  • X-acto knife
  • Printer
  • Iron
  • Acrylic paint
  • Textile medium
  • Foam brush
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Washed t shirt

I decided to go with a design that features the NOLA skyline. I started off by printing a photo of the skyline I found from Google Images. After printing, you will have to trace your design onto freezer paper.

Trace the skyline by putting a light source under a glass table. You will then be able to see through the freezer paper and easily trace. 

Be sure to tape edges so that the paper doesn't move around. 

I traced with a pencil

After you figure out your design, Use an x-acto knife to cut it out. Remember that all the pieces that you cut out will be the areas that will be painted. 

This is my finished design.

Iron your t shirt so that there are no wrinkles

On medium heat, iron the freezer paper to the t shirt. 

If you have wording in your design, you can add details after the initial ironing.

After everything is ironed, it is ready for paint!! Slide a piece of cardboard inside the t shirt so that paint doesn't seep through and ruin the back. Mix 1 part acrylic paint to 2 parts textile medium. Use a foam brush to blot on the paint.

You might need a couple coats of paint, if you want the paint to look solid.

Before the paint drys, carefully peal off the freezer paper. This is the most exciting part!


T-Shirt 2 - Iron-On Fabric Design

What you will need:

  • Iron-on adhesive (no sew)
  • 1/4 yard of fabric
  • T shirt
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • X-acto knife


Lay your fabric print side down. Iron on the adhesive- 2 second iron time. 

Pin your printed deign on top of the fabric/adhesive

Use an x-acto knife to cut out your design.

I used the Saints logo for this design. 

All cut out. 

Peel the protective coating off the back of the adhesive.
Iron it onto the t-shirt. 8 second iron time

T-Shirt 3 - Iron-On Glitter T-Shirt

What you will need:
  • Iron-on transfer sheet
  • Printer
  • X-acto knife
  • T-shirt
  • Pillow case

Print out your design. I made mine on MS Publisher, but you can also hand draw a design.

Cut out.

Use a sharpie to trace the design onto the glitter transfer sheet

Use an x-acto knife to cut out the design 

Iron out your t-shirt and figure out where you want the transfer sheet to be ironed.

Put a pillow case over the transfer and t-shirt and iron for 40 seconds on medium heat.