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Studies show that boredom can lead to a surge in creativity, which may explain the sudden boom in home improvement on my entire exploration side. The quarantine came at a time when you could make your ingenuity shine. I felt inspired and had little else to do. I too went down the quarantine handyman's rabbit hole and decided to try my hand at some of the most popular projects on the internet. Accepting this has been kind of a challenge to myself because I am a known impatient person and fail miserably when it comes to anything to do with craft. But no time is as good as quarantine to discover a hidden talent, so I jumped headlong into three internet home improvementers. And of course it got interesting. Keep scrolling to see the failures and successes of my craft challenge.
This DIY was the spark that sparked this challenge. I came across this idea for the first time on Youtube, and of course it didn't take long for it to hit practically every Tik Tok out there. I started with this one first to test my crafting skills as it was the most beginner-friendly DIY on my list, not to mention most of the items I already owned.
What do you need?
The list is short: you'll need a black tracksuit, elastic bands, bleach, gloves, fork, and container to combine the diluted bleach solution.
How do you do it?
Wrap each piece of your tracksuit with a fork to create a pinwheel effect. Secure the resulting shape with large rubber bands and wrap it around the "pinwheel" shape. Use elastic bands to bundle up random sections of your tracksuit to create the tie-dye patterns. Next, create your bleach solution by combining bleach and water in a 1: 1 ratio and pouring it over your tracksuit in random sections in a sink. Wait 8-10 minutes for the solution to soak, then rinse your tracksuit until the water runs clear. Loosen the elastic bands and wash off the sweat with detergent – you can hand or machine wash. Let them dry, and Tadaa, you should be wearing a bleach sweat suit.
Even for a straightforward person like me, this was a very rewarding and easy project. I think it's great that I hardly had to buy any additional supplies to save money in the long run. The pattern also looked like a fancy tracksuit that you could buy for three times the price. If you don't already have a black sweatshirt or sweatpants and need to buy one for this project, you don't have to spend a lot of money – pick one that you can get for relatively cheap like the Wild Fable version of Target. Ultimately, I would definitely do this again.
Aside from tracksuits, no other fashion item feels as contemporary as sneakers. I've been a big sneakerhead for years, but of course, in an age where comfort is paramount, that obsession has only grown. I've always been intrigued by the concept of custom sneakers – the Air Force 1 in particular – and felt even more compelled to try it out after seeing people paint their own kicks on social media. Since drawing and painting are not my forte, I was a little apprehensive about trying this.
What do you need?
Again, the list is simple: all you need is your plain white leather sneakers, paint, brushes, and your imagination. If you want to extend the life of your painted design, use a leather varnish as a protective coating to avoid cracking the paint. Knowing the extent of my limited artistic ability, I didn't want to use actual Air Forces 1s (just in case I botched my picture) so I opted for a similar, cheaper sneaker as a practice run instead.
For one, I was pretty shocked at how meditative this home improvement was: I wouldn't say the thought of painting excites me, but after spending a few minutes sketching out designs and filling them with my little brush, I could i don't stop. Although I used acrylic paint – which is pretty easy to find at any local craft store – I would recommend using paint specifically designed for leather for a longer-lasting finish. If you don't have one, acrylic paint will do, but you may need to repaint several sections for a more pigmented look. Not only was this project fun and comforting, it was cool to customize a few kicks that felt bespoke to me. My bottom line could use a little more work, but I plan on practicing until I'm comfortable painting my actual Air Force 1. I rated this my home improvement difficulty level the highest because you are somewhat limited in your artistic skills. My picture is by no means a Picasso, but I wouldn't be ashamed to wear it outside.
What do you need?
Candle wax, a wick spool, a candle shape and optionally scented oil for a scented candle and wax chips for paint.
Before you fill your shopping cart with candle-making accessories, find out what type of candle you are getting yourself into: do you like more natural waxes like beeswax or soy? Or are you looking for a candle that keeps its shape more firmly when it burns for a long time? Paraffin wax is cheaper, easier to find, and burns longer than soy or coconut mixtures. The same goes for your wick too: for the type of pillar candles I made, I used hemp wick, which supposedly burns cleaner.
I've learned that everything is easier with a candle pourer. It seems like a relatively simple tool, but it makes all the difference when you pour hot wax into a smaller candle mold (I burned myself with a regular pot once and it wasn't fun). Next, test different waxes. I used beeswax and paraffin during my experiment and found that while beeswax eases pigmentation, it doesn't hold up as well when it burns. Paraffin became my wax of choice.
Of all of my quarantine DIYS, this has been the most time consuming, but I felt it was worth knowing how to make my own candles. These supplies are not that easy to find, but Amazon has a wide variety of basic candle making products that make it a more accessible activity. There are so many ways to customize your candle such as: B. add different colors and scented oils and switch shapes. I plan to experiment more on this front in the future. On a scale of 1 to 5, I rated this a 3 for difficulty because, while not difficult to do, it takes significant trial and error to get the right combination of wax, paint, wick, and fragrance find the one that suits your needs.
Next I'll be 39 and my fashion icon is 78 – and that's all I buy.