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DIY Watercolor Greeting Cards

Corinne Enright

by Cora Enright

Handmade cards can be some of the cutest things in the world to give and receive, but they also can seem intimidating when it comes to making them on your own. This colorful DIY is easy-as-can-be and results in a soft and simple card that's great for any type of message you want to send. 

What you will need:

Watercolor Paper

Watercolors & Water (these can be as cheap or expensive as you want, mine were the cheapest ones I could find at the craft store)

A paintbrush

A ruler

Scissors

A pencil

Step 1: I started by creating my blank card first. I used a ruler and a pencil to map out my dimensions and trace the outline. I then used my scissors carefully for a clean cut of my outline. After cutting it, I folded the paper in half and used my ruler to flatten the crease. 

Step 2: Now onto the fun part, the painting! You might want to set a surface by putting some scrap paper or paper towels down before you paint onto the card. I started out by taking my paint brush and some water and painting over the front surface of the card. This is going to allow for the gradient watercolor affect when you are painting. After that, I took my choice of color and set the paint onto the desired area of my card. I used different tilting methods to create various affects so that all of my cards were unique. 

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Step 3: After you let your card dry completely, write a message on the inside and pair with an envelope for the perfect way to send a note to a loved one!

If you make these yourself, make sure to show us on social media by tagging @marketcolors! Happy crafting!

 

DIY: Flower Crown

Cece Willis

It’s officially the summer! Which is the perfect time for music festivals, photo ops, and special occasions. Flower crowns are so pretty and such a great accessory...

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DIY: Summer Hair Ties

Taylor Williams

This super easy DIY is so great for the upcoming summer months. Fabric hair ties are perfect for gently styling up your hair, and also look great on your wrist. I am always wearing one of these soft stretchy ties on my arm or in my hair, but it usually takes me a while to find a tie that is the perfect color, size, and thickness for my hair. Making your own is such a great solution! You choose the fabric-elastic, color, and pattern...creating something so bright and simple that will definitely come in handy during the upcoming summer months!

 

Supplies:

Ruler

Fabric scissor

Spray bottle

Fabric elastic (usually in the fabric department of any craft store)

Fabric dye

Water

Parchment paper

Rubber bands

1) First things first, you want to mix your dye. To be sure you won’t stain your work surface, lay down parchment paper. Choose any color dye and simply follow the instructions on the bottle. I like using liquid dye because it removes a lot of the measuring and mixing process.

Mix your dye directly in a small spray bottle. This will make applying the dye to your hair ties much easier.

 

2) Cut your elastic to a size that will perfectly fit your wrist and work for your thickness of hair. I cut mine at about 9 in. To make sure you get a clean cut, use fabric scissors.

3) As soon as your elastic is cut, fold it in half. Tie a tight small knot at the top, trying to get as close to the top as possible while leaving just a little excess elastic that will stick out from the knot.

 

4) Now comes the best part! I wanted to create a tie-dye look on my hair ties, so I wrapped small rubber bands around my fabric to create a pattern. If you wanted to create a solid look, simply spray the dye all over the hair tie, inside and out. 

 

5) Lay your ties down on the parchment paper and mist the hair ties with the color using your spray bottle. You can spray on the dye as thick or thin as you would like, depending how dark you want the color to be. Be sure and get all sides of the hair tie. 

6) Now that your tie has been sprayed with dye (and it is probably all over your hands!) leave them to soak up all the color and dry slightly- usually a couple hours. The longer you let the hair ties sit, the more depth the color will have.

7) After the hair ties have sat out for a while, rinse them in cold water until the water runs clear and remove the rubber bands. Let the ties air dry.

Once dry, the hair ties are ready to be worn! Share them with friends and style them alongside your favorite Market Colors Stackables!

Happy Summer!

Taylor

DIY: Sparkle Mason Jars

Sarah Miller

It’s the middle of winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add some sparkle to your life! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year, but we’re betting that six more weeks of winter won’t be bad when you’ve made these beauties! These quick and easy DIYs are a fun way to brighten up any room, or to give as a Valentine’s gift to your girlfriends.

You will need:

Clean Mason jar, any size (I used quart)
At least 8oz glitter (any color or combination of colors)
Modge Podge
Foam Brush
Paint brush
Container for pouring glitter (if mixing colors)
Painters tape
Wax Paper

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Step 1: Set up your workspace. Make sure you’re somewhere that you don’t mind getting a little glitter everywhere. You can also set up lots of newspaper to cover the floor or table. Put everything you’ll need within easy reach and lay out a piece of 18” wax paper on your surface. If you’re outside, try to stay out of the wind or set things on the corners to ensure it doesn’t blow away. If you’re mixing colors, now is the time to get the combination you want in a small bowl or container. For this project, I used about ½ clear glitter, ¼ gold glitter, and ¼ silver glitter. Stir the glitter to make sure it’s evenly distributed. Turn on your music and get ready to get started!

 

Step 2: Tape the jar. Depending on how much glitter you want on your jar, you can wrap the painters tape in a few different areas. On this one, I wanted most of the jar covered in glitter except for the very top. Use marking on the jar to help you keep the tape straight, but don’t worry if it isn’t perfect! Try changing it up with only decorating the bottom third, bottom half, or top half of the jar. Put together, the variation could make a pretty display.

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Step 3: Modge Podge. Using the foam brush, paint a fairly thick layer of Modge Podge on the jar. It should look mostly white but shouldn’t be running or dripping. Try not to drop any on the wax paper.

 

Step 4: Glitter time! Holding the inside of the jar in your nondominant hand at an angle, take your container of glitter and gently shake it out. Start from the top (where your hand is) and move to the bottom. When you feel like you’ve mostly covered one side, gently shake the jar until the unstuck glitter falls onto the wax paper. Repeat until the whole jar is covered. Set aside and let dry overnight. To clean up (and reuse!) the glitter, slowly pick up the wax paper until it’s folded down the middle, then tilt it to empty the glitter back into the container. Tap or flick the paper gently to  make sure all the glitter gets back in the jar.

 

Step 5: Check it out. Once it’s dry and all the Modge Podge is clear, check out you jar and see how you like the amount of glitter. I prefer to have more light in my jars that I use for candles, so I only do one coat. If you’re using them for vases or to hold pens or brushes, you might like a more opaque jar. If you feel like there’s not enough glitter happening, go ahead and repeat Steps 3 & 4 until it’s just how you like it.

 

Step 6: Final Coat! When dry, carefully remove the painters tape. There will be a lot of glitter that comes off every time you move the jar, but don’t worry, that’s okay! Once you have the tape off, take your regular paint brush and coat the glittered area iin another layer of Modge Podge. It’s okay to run over into the clear areas of the jar - it won’t show once it’s dry. Again, the whole jar should be mostly white but not running or dripping. Let dry again overnight. Once it’s dry, you’re done!