I am satisfied with my reworking of this shirt. Originally puffy lace sleeved, elastic waist. Cut sleeves, most of material and then made tassels. Perfect going out shirt!
Don’t be afraid to cut up old shirts and bring them new life! There are tons of resources on the internet but you can also go it alone. I got started last summer watching itsblitzzz on youtube.
Although summer is winding down and within a week Lexi and I will be returning to busy college lives my hope is that we do not abandon Summer Made. On the outset of summer I wanted to create something to share with you all, and Lexi agreed that we needed to showcase our crafting and cooking adventures. Along the way we picked up a great group of followers, but we also found it isn’t always cheap to have a crafting habit, and it might become even harder once school starts.
This is where I have good news, summer will turn to fall and winter, and a new school year will bring new things. Thus, Summer Made will stay alive as a blog for “making experiences”. At least this is my intention, I have brought it up to Lexi and we both would love to try to flex our writing muscle. Crafting will not be taking a back seat, instead thinking of “making” in a broader sense. There is much to be made in the coming months!
This summer I’ve been really in love with/inspired by fashion and DIY and when I found these little glass bottles I immediately thought of making a necklace :)
I altered the chain from another necklace to the size I wanted and to hold the bottle.
I’m really happy with the outcome and already have an idea for another bottle…
A lovely craft submission by http://whoshouldibe.tumblr.com/!
Okay so I’ve seen a lot of hype about these tie dye type, colored high waisted shorts and they’re very expensive on the internet. A friend of mine (socialorgy.tumblr) taught me a simple DIY way to make them without spending 70-80 dollars and they’re just as nice. So my friend Hayley (oddlegs.tumblr) and myself, (rebeccawrites.tumblr) experimented with this a few times after he taught us.
The things you start out with are a few boxes of powdered dye in whatever color you like. For this tutorial I bought yellow, teal (which is more aqua than teal), purple and red and the brand we used was RIT (easily purchased for like 4 dollars at your local craft store)
Next you need high waisted shorts. Now before you head over to Urban Outfitters or American Apparel check your local thrift store for a pair of high waisted pants then cut them to the length you like. No hemming necessary because when you wash them you get a nice frayed look. If you so choose you can tear or rip holes in the jeans and use scissors to run along the edges of the holes to create more frays. But no matter what they fray naturally in the wash.
Okay next up you need bleach (1-2 dollars or so at any convenience store or grocery store). Bleach the shorts either halfway or completely then wash them in the washing machine with laundry detergent and dry completely in the dryer.
Okay so what you do next is mix the powdered dyes with water in bowls. The more water you use the less rich the color will be and the color DOES fade the first few times you wash the shorts. This is the fun part where you can dip them and dye them however you like, even splatter the dye for an interesting look. I DEFINITELY recommend gloves.
I took this after I realized I had no photos of me cutting holes or fraying the edges..
After this part I usually like to put each pair into a separate plastic bag and let the dye sit on them for an hour or so before washing them but you don’t have to wait if you don’t want to. Wash and dry them as you would any article of clothing and enjoy!
*Note: my friend Dylan (the one who taught me how to do this) likes to put studs in lining of the shorts much like the ones sold online, I’m not into this therefore have no photos of it, but the studs can also be purchased at your local craft store and I encourage you to be creative with them if that’s your thing. Good luck and have fun!
Hamburger Cupcakes, certainly you’ve seen them before. We just had to give them a try ourselves. Here’s our Midnight Cooking edition of Summer Made!
What You’ll Need:
1 box Fudge Brownie Mix
1 box White/Yellow Cake Mix
1 can vanilla frosting
Plastic Bags/ Pastry Bag
9x9 baking pan
Prepare brownie mix and cake mix per the box instructions. With the mixes we chose they could both be cooked at the same time at 350. Don’t forget to preheat your oven while you mix!
If you mix by hand, take your time to get out all the lumps.
Next, flour your baking pan and place your cupcake liners in the tin, pour in your batter and you’re ready to pop them in the oven.
Here comes the fun and messy part. Mixing your “condiments.” Divide your frosting into three bowls, add a little more to the bowl that will become the lettuce.
We used a generous amount of red dye to try to get it looking as ketchup-y as possible. Don’t go overboard on the yellow or else it’ll look too orange.
Scoop the well mixed and now dyed frosting into your piping bag. We decided to use plastic baggies and found the easiest method was to place your hand inside the bag, grab the frosting and turn the bag inside out, squeezing it all into the corner.
When they’re ready pop your baked goods out of the oven and allow to cool. How many buns (the cupcakes) determines how many “patties” you will need to cut out of your brownies. A lovely 4x4 grid provided us with just the right amount.
Unwrap your cupcakes and make sure they are completely cool before cutting them in half. Trying to cut a still warm cupcake will undoubtedly result in a crumbly mess that unfortunately has to be eaten.
Create a cupcake hamburger assembly line. Your brownies may need a little molding into patty shape. Cut the tips off your piping bags and decorate your hamburgers with lettuce, ketchup, and mustard. As you can see our lettuce bag exploded and we had to improvise- the mess is half the fun!
The finished product may not be pretty but they are cute and delicious!
Tips to all the perfectionists out there: