Tutorial Tuesday: Watermelon Frenzy

I recently came across this super cute watermelon shirt while browsing through an e-mail I received from Modcloth. As much as I was tempted to just hit the “add to bag” button, I thought not only do crop shirts look ridiculous on long torso, but I can easily create my own version of this shirt. And with the summer season quickly coming to an end, that can only mean one thing, end of season sales. Right now my favorite tank tops from Target are only $5.00 and with about $7.00 worth of fabric paint products, I easily created this shirt for half the price.
What you will need to make this shirt is as follows:

Pencil
Freezer Paper
Exacto Knife
Iron
Paint Brush
Tank Top
Tulip Soft Paints:
Holiday Green
Glacier White
Scarlet Pearl
Tulip 3D paint:
Puffy Black

1.Start by drawing a the watermelon slice to the freezer paper, which is pretty much a half oval. (I added bite marks to mine).
2.Then cut the image out of the freezer paper to create a stencil. Iron the freezer paper (shiny side down) onto your shirt until it adheres to the shirt.
3.Start by using the Holiday Green paint, starting out with a thinner line of paint at the top and gradually making it larger.
4.Now for the next part, you can either use the white of your shirt or the Glacier White paint to make the 2nd layer.
5.Fill in the rest of the watermelon stencil with the Scarlet Pearl paint.
6.Once dry, peel off the freezer paper stencil and walla, you have a watermelon!
7.Next use your Puffy Black paint to create the black seeds. Scatter as you please.
8.Once this paint is fully dry, you can use a steamer or your iron(when turned to steam mode) to puff up the black seeds. (See bottle for instructions).

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Cut offs

Cut offs are once again very popular this summer. It’s a huge DIY trend to not only make your own cut offs but to embellish them as well. Studs, ombre dyed, adding lace, decorative pockets, etc. Here’s a really cute idea of ombre bleaching the top part of the jeans and using fabric paints to make an awesome design:

Although I am not a big fan of the fit, vintage Levi 501’s and a crop top seems to be the big hit this summer. There are tons already embellished and ready for you to wear available on Etsy as well as local boutiques. Or just it up the local thrift store and pick up some old jeans and pull out the scissors, bleach, paint, and studs. Here’s a style I’ve seen numerous times. Just cut along the outer edge of the back pockets and add large studs:

Or just add studs to the entire back pocket:

Here’s a pair that I made at work using Tulip One Step Dye in Coral, Tulip Iron on Studs, and Tulip Soft paints:

And don’t forget to run to forever 21 to choose from their hundreds of crop tops to go with those new cut offs!