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Did you know that yesterday’s bouquets and boutonnieres can be turned into lovely, hand-dyed masterpieces? More homesteaders are discovering the fun and beauty of dyeing their own fabrics, all with Mother Nature’s bounty.

Curl Up and Dye

Dyeing sounds complicated, but it’s super easy and fast with this method. Dye cloth for craft projects and more in just a few hours with minimal fuss.

Materials

Unbleached muslin cloth, at least 2 x 2 feet
Rubber bands or zip ties
Steamer basket
Six cups fresh or dried flower petals

*Note: You’ll have more color with more petals. Try to go for stronger colors like deep red, purple, and yellow over delicate colors like pink. You’ll get more bang for your buck.

Directions

Heat up a pot with your steamer basket over medium heat. Make sure there’s plenty of water! As the steamer heats up, prep your cloth. Smooth out the muslin on a flat surface. Pour the petals liberally over the cloth, ensuring you have an even layer.

Carefully roll up the muslin from one end. Fasten it at least four times with the rubber bands or zip ties.

Once your muslin is rolled up, toss the roll into the steamer. Allow it to steam for at least an hour, adding more water if necessary.

After an hour, remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Gently run the roll under cold water.

Remove the rubber bands or zip ties. Take the muslin outside and shake off the petals. Hang the cloth up to dry. You may need to wash the cloth once more to remove caked-on petals. Be sure you use cold water! Hot water will remove the pigment that you’ve worked so hard for!

The Bottom Line

There are endless ways to use beautifully home-dyed muslin cloth. Some people use it to cover kombucha crocks, while others use it for baby blankets. Avoid waste and produce something gorgeous with natural dyeing to decorate your home.

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DIY Manicure: How to Create Newspaper Nails

A fresh manicure can make you feel like a fashionista and add a stylish twist to plain outfits, but trips to professional nail salons can hit your wallet hard. There are also so many more effective things you could be doing with the hours you spend getting to the salon and waiting to be seen. This quick, do-it-yourself manicure looks like it takes hours to achieve, but it’s simply a matter of grabbing an old newspaper and 10 minutes in your lunch break. To create the illusion of detailed writing on your nails, you will need a light-colored nail polish, clear nail polish, a newspaper, and clear alcohol.

DIY Manicure: Put on a Base Coat

Firstly, paint your nails with a light-coloured base coat. The newspaper lettering will pop against a white nail polish, but pale pink and yellow look great too. Make sure your base coat has completely dry before you move on to the next step. To speed up this process, you can dip your nails into a bowl of ice water for 30 seconds.

Dip Your Fingernails Into Alcohol

Pour a small amount of clear alcohol into a bowl. Almost any alcohol will work; rubbing alcohol and vodka are the best options. Then submerge your fingernails into the alcohol for a few seconds.

Press Newspaper Onto Your Nails

While your nails are still wet from the alcohol, press a strip of newspaper onto your nail. For this step you can either use a section from a full newspaper page or cut a page into strips large enough to cover an individual nail. Use different pieces of paper for each nail, as they can’t be reused. After you’ve been holding the paper onto your nail for 15 seconds, carefully peel it off and see the delicate lettering of your new manicure.

Cover With a Top Coat

To protect your manicure, you can cover it with a top coat of clear nail polish. This will help your nails stay fresher for a few extra days so you can flaunt this striking look for even longer.

This DIY manicure looks beautiful and on-trend, but takes much less time and money than a professional nail treatment. You can even choose specific words to press onto your nails and add a layer of personality to your look. Everyone will be asking where you get your nails done, but no one will believe it was as simple as this!


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