I have recently received feedback regarding my learning project, so this week I have reevaluated my plan and looked for new tools to use, one of which I used this week to create a new DIY project. Going forward, I want to try a new DIY every week, each week using a new tool, app or video to help me in my learning. I anticipate that some tools will be more successful than others.
For the upcoming weeks, I needed something that I could use on my phone, since this is what I have the most constant access to, and the piece of technology that I check most often. This seems like it would make my life easier. So, I turned to the App Store to help me with this.
I suppose I wasn't surprised at how many DIY apps there were to choose from, but I was a little curious as to how popular apps, specific for DIYs, are for DIY-ers. I've never thought of using an app for DIY inspiration because, to me, DIYs seem to be something that is trending on social media, and, therefore, the most trendiness ideas are those that are circulating. But, a good and trusted DIY I guess can't go out of style.
Anyway, here are the apps I found:
For this week, I chose to explore Creative Ideas. This was a pretty random pick to be honest. I intend to try them all at some point, so I don't foresee the order mattering much.
Here is a look at the app for this week.
From what you can see, it's fairly easy to use, but the set up and aesthetics isn't great. I like that the Home within the app is constantly changing, and for the most part, there is a variety of people who share ideas.
However, there are some down sides.
From what I've seen, there aren't directions to create most of the ideas posted. There is either a photo (of the final product) or a Youtube video. It would be more useful if there were clear photo and written instructions perhaps in addition to the video. As well, most of the ideas I've seen are somewhat junky ideas. They're random projects, that don't seem to serve a purpose. For example, adding buttons to a pillow to make an image, painting on popsicle sticks or making paper wreaths. For me, these aren't worth my time. I think that these types of projects should be aimed towards kids. As well, even if I did chose to create these random projects, many are labeled and attached to a photo as an idea that someone liked, rather than as a spot to see how to do the project. A dumping ground for (some) neat ideas.
Some of the ideas that I did like, I've shown below. I screenshot them before I knew I could make an account and 'favourite' each DIY. I can't refer back to them. Another downside of the Creative Ideas app is that there isn't a search feature. Regardless, these ideas seemed to be the most purposeful and likely for me to try. I could see myself using these ideas in my home and classroom.
Since the instructions as to how to create these DIYs are lacking, I just had to pick up and hope for the best. I decided on the clothing hanger book shelf.
I bent the hanger to mimic the shape as the pictures shown above, from the Creative Ideas app. Then, I used a painting sponge and brown acrylic paint to finish it off. Here's some pictures during the process.
Overall I tried to do a DIY from the randomized ideas fromCreative Ideas, of which I was not too thrilled about, however, the final product turned out alright.
My rating of Creative Ideas:
This week I thought I would do some smaller DIY projects instead of one large project. I needed some inspiration and wasn’t feeling up to doing a full project. As well, I felt that I was lacking creativity, even though I have so many DIY ideas.
I wanted to improve something that I already had to make this week’s DIY task seem more manageable. had a few fake plants in my living room, from IKEA and Dollarama, of which the containers needed some love. The long vine from IKEA was molded in a black clastic container and the bush-looking plant is from Dollarama that I’ve had for years. The base of it mimicked a concrete planter (as slightly shown in the last photo). These plants have been fine so far, but I wanted to incorporate my love for the look of jute cord. Luckily, I’ve had a roll of it from Dollarama for months (I’ve gotten so much use out of it, there was a lot more than I expected). See how they turned out and how I styled them at my house!
This was a quick trick that I’m sure I’ll be doing more frequently to enhance the look of cheap decor. I realized I really like using what I already have - it’s cheap and resourceful.
Another quick DIY I did was a makeshift jute plant hanger. I watched a video that I had pinned on Pinterest. It went too fast for me, I couldn’t keep up, so I probably watched it about 10+ times because it looped, thankfully. This was definitely not my most favourite online-learning moment. I watched to double check that I was following the video right, and I stumbled upon another video of the same process that went slower. I am ashamed to say that it’s originally from Tik Tok..
The shape of the jar and it’s depth would make it difficult to hold a plant well, but I’m glad I now know how to make the jute hanger. I intend on finding a better container to use.
This little DIY helped me to feel creative when I was lacking some motivation for a large scale project.
If you have some other ideas for quick home DIYs like these, let me know! I’d love to hear from you.
I’m hoping that next week I’ll find a larger project to try.
This idea to create fall wreaths is from a fellow teacher friend, Kyla. She saved me a lot of research time by suggesting this.
I can't do any DIY without knowing what I want the finished product to look like; here was my inspiration, from the one and only, Pinterest. Pinterest is the best for ideas.
Now I have ideas and supplies, which won't get me far if I don't know what I'm doing. Pinterest didn't give me much instruction, and I didn't want to read instructions by using the picture's links to blogs. I wanted to see a wreath being made! Where else would I go then to my trusty pal, Youtube.
Here is the Youtube video I intended to use, but I really just improvised, and went with my instinct. This "wing it" type of attitude is definitely not something I'm great at doing, but it was a nice change to be creative without boundaries or a how to guide. This method I would like to try again.
Luckily, did this DIY with a friend, so I was able to ask her for ideas instead of watching a video. This provided some reassurance even though I was out of my comfort zone by going with the flow.
To document how I went about doing this, I used Fotobabble.. Check it out here. If you’re not familiar with this tool. I’ve given it a review.
And, voila! I am obsessed with the final product.
This week I spent time looking for more DIY ideas on Pinterest.
First, I started by looking for clothing DIYs, because, first, I have a lot of clothes and second, it would make sense following my last project.
One thing I'm noticing as I look on Pinterest for "DIY clothing ideas", is that most involve sewing.
I don't know how to sew.
My friend even suggested I DIY a pair of thrift store jeans from Salvation Army for her which involved ... you guessed it. SEWING. No thank you.
This was overwhelming, so I decided, for now, I'd look for other types of projects. I found a Buzzfeed article that outlined some of the easiest DIY projects - I felt defeated, okay? Lack of sewing knowledge is a later problem, if even a problem at all. Even though there are no-sew ideas, I quickly moved on from anything even close.
I discovered it's very overwhelming to search Pinterest without anything in mind. Usually, I'd be okay with this, as I rarely actually do the DIYs that I pin, but this learning project is a different situation. I have to be purposeful.
In my search, I also looked through what supplies I already owned, and asked around for what supplies I could get my hands on for free.
This is what I've summarized:
- A friend has pieces of a mirror (her cat broke it, long story) - fairly good potential, depending on the size and shape of the broken pieces.
- She also has a full length mirror frame
- My sister has a bunch of jars and transparent glass vases - also good potential.
- My sister also has so many options of paint colours and brushes, which I can easily use for just about anything.
- In the backyard shed at my Dad's there are lots of tomato wire planters
- There's some scrap wood in my Dad's garage too
I was also contemplating what types of home decor items I have wanted to buy recently that I may as well try making, if they aren't too out of my reach. I looked through my favourite home decor websites for inspiration -Wayfair, Structube and Opposite Wall.
Some ideas I have for this are:
- abstract pantings
- plant stand(s)
- chalkboard sign
- mirror table tray
So, I'm not a seamstress, but I can work around that.
Knowing what I have access to, and what my level of comfort is (and my level of comfort to experiment), I began the Pinterest search again. This time, I lucked out on finding the PERFECT next project. I'll give you a hint - it's a festive one, and very Pinterest worthy.
If you need a reminder of what my pants looked like before this DIY, check out my previous blog post.
Here's the after...
I didn't consider that blue (dye) and pink (pants) mix to make purple. So, now I have purple pants that I like less than the original coral colour. If anyone wants these pants, I will donate them to you! This DIY did not go as planned. The purple isn't terrible I suppose, its maybe a more year-round colour to wear, but I didn't want purple pants.
The process took a couple days, involved carefulness when working with the dye and wasn't what I expected. The videos I watched from Free Label's Instagram made me have high hopes for this project.
However, the dye instructions were complicated so I may have (I did...) disregard them for the most part. Whoops. I don't like reading a novel of instructions apparently. Either way, this wouldn't have fixed the weird colour result. If I could redo this, I would search for YouTube videos to help me with the tricky parts, like taking the garment out of the dye, how to wash it after, the best size of container for the garment, how much water to put in, etc.
One thing I'm curious about is why the dye didn't color the thread. This is another look that I didn't anticipate. Had I searched YouTube for how-to videos, I could have better anticipated these hiccups. Perhaps the type of dye affects whether it dyes the thread.
I was pretty impressed with how uniform the garment was after being dyed. The only slight discolouration was on the front right pocket and back right pocket. This may be due to lack of movement of those fabric areas, or these area may have been bunched up temporarily.
For next week, I'm going to focus on finding more DIY ideas to try from Pinterest. I may re-dye these pants to be black, but not anytime soon as it was quite the ordeal.
After doing this, I realized that I didn't look at Pinterest at all for this project- very unlike me. I think this is because I had a video guide and instructions on the dye, so Pinterest didn't even cross my mind. Pinterest provides so many different possibilities and paths that I wouldn't have thought to take, like tips and tricks to make dying (of the Rit version) a success.
I couldn't resist the temptation. Here's what I found.
Although I'm already finished this DIY #1 for my learning project, these ideas will remain available if I decide to try again. I even noticed a new idea, to use Rit dye to dye burlap - such a good idea! Burlap comes in handy with home decor - right up my alley - and the cheap stuff never comes in multiple colours. Brilliant. Pinterest does it again.
One thing that I strive to aim for when doing DIYs is to make them functional. If its going to take up my time and money on materials, it has to be something that I will use. And I don't like junk, so it needs to serve a purpose. Stay tuned! If you have any ideas for me, please share them!
To start my learning project, I did I DIY that I wanted to do this summer but, naturally, ran out of time before work started back up.
I used a pair of 99% cotton pants from Joe Fresh that are a very coral pink. Here's a link to a similar pair. I love the color but I wanted to make them more versatile for all seasons. To me, coral isn't a color that I would wear in Fall, for example. I chose to dye them denim blue, as the package indicates. I own a lot of black clothing and I am not short of black pants, so blue seemed like a better option. I hope *fingers crossed* that they turn out navy blue and that the color is uniform on the fabric. Here's to hoping! This is supposedly achievable with constant movement of the garment in the water, but who has time for that?! Like any brilliant DIY-er, I let the pants soak in the dye overnight and during the next day while I was at work. I moved it around when I could.
Here's some pictures from the dying process.
Emptying the bin after dying was a process. I knew I shouldn't put the coloured water into the bathtub, but had I tried the sink it would've ended up on the floor, and dumping it on the grass would've looked like a blue-blood murder scene. So, down the tub drain it went. The tub is only (slightly) stained blue. As you can tell from my photos, the prior renter already made a fancy pattern on the tub floor from hair dye, so I didn't feel too bad.
Once I did that, I was scared to wash or dry the pants. So, once I figure out how to do so in a somewhat clean fashion, I will prep my pants to show. I anticipate for next week's blog post, I'll show the finished product from this DIY. I anticipate the color will fade after washing the pants in cold water and drying on low heat.
My intention with this project is not to perfect every technique, but to be comfortable in trying multiple - even if they don't go as planned.