For When You're Feeling Crafty...
DIY: Change Color of A Leather Bag
THE STAGE DAYPACK SERPENTINE Fog Grey from Declare
So, before you ask "Why would you EVER paint a leather designer handbag?" let me briefly explain... I bought this rug sack in Venice, Italy last year and wore it a lot. It became my preferred choice compared to a purse, because I had room for an Ipad and didn't have to hold it. Over the course of a year, the light grey turned dark grey and it just didn't look good anymore. So, I researched guidelines on how to paint leather, made up my own rules, and got crafty. I suggest only taking on this DIY if you trust yourself with a paintbrush!
What you'll need:
1. rubbing alcohol
2. acrylic paint
3. hand towels
4. different sized paint brushes
5. a blowdryer
6. talc powder
STEP 1: Wipe down your bag with rubbing alcohol to make sure you remove any surface finishes or protective coatings the leather might have. Different websites even recommended to sand it down a little but I didn't because the bag was very raw.
STEP 2: Pick out any colour paint you want, just make sure it's acrylic.
STEP 3: Paint the desired area or design and let dry overnight.
STEP 4: Give it a good blow-dry in the morning, on a cool temperature.
STEP 5: If the colour you chose is on the lighter scale, sprinkle talc powder on a soft hand towel and dust the whole bag. This will allow the paint to absorb the powder & your bag or purse to dry completely.
DIY: Texturized Blueberry Dip-Dye Business Cards
How to make sure no one ever forgets your name. "Jessica, right? The girl with the blueberry business cards." - Some random person I met at a networking event. Maybe I would have remembered his name if he had some. ;D
This DIY project was really fun and didn't require much patience. A cheap & unique alternative to foil business cards.
What you'll need:
1. a carton of blueberries
4. watercolor paintbrush
5. business cards
6. a pot & stove
7. Two glass bowls
STEP 1: Empty blueberries into a pot on the stove, medium heat, & let sit for 8-10 minutes.
STEP 2: Wipe your paint brush with the desired watercolor paint & dip it into a glass bowl. Repeat until the water becomes the color you want mixed with the blueberries natural pigment.
STEP 3: After the 10 minutes is up, pour the hot blueberries & sauce into a different glass bowl.
STEP 4: Take a business card and dip it into the watercolor bowl, then into the blueberry bowl.
STEP 5: Sprinkle salt on the edges of the card that you dip-dyed & let sit overnight.
STEP 6: Dust off salt that didn't stick and you are done!
(If you want a glossed look rather than matte, you can seal it with nail polish, both look nice)