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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Tanks Are Right On Target!

This season Target’s Mossimo line seems to have stepped it up a bit. The styles remind me of summers long ago when I was riding my bike around the cul-de-sac and fashion was one of the last things on my mind. My latest Mossimo purchase was a long striped, “sun-washed” tank top for $12.99. It’s perfect because 1) it’s long, 2) it’s not cut too low in the front, and 3) it covers my bra straps. I instantly fell in love with it and desired to wear it everywhere but was trying to figure out how I could get away with wearing it to work. The answer was hard to find in my closet that I have been desperately trying to keep down in size but I naturally paired it with another Target item! I bought these cropped pants last year on sale for $7 and I felt that they added an instant coolness to the tank top while maintaining a somewhat professional look.

Very few things make me smile bigger than a complete outfit that costs less than $100. Here’s what I wore:

• Mossimo tank top: $12.99

• Target crop pants: $7

• Stella Laguna Beach Necklace and Earrings set: $9

• Steve Madden heels (about ten years old): $50

• Mom’s Natori necklace worn as bracelet: FREE!

Let Polka Dot Tango know if you love to bargain shop at Target or anywhere else! We would love to hear how you keep your fabulous outfits on the lower end of the price scale!!