How to make Rainbow Roses
STEP 1: Cut a perfect white rose from your garden with 8-9inches stem or buy such.
STEP2: You need to have water soluble colors. Choose four colors. Colors should be much different from each other with high contrast value. Do not choose both blue and indigo but replace one with violet. In the same way do not choose both orange and red. I shall suggest these combinations: RED-BLUE-GREEN-YELLOW, VIOLET-RED-BLUE-YELLOW or YELLOW-PURPLE-GREY-BLUE.
STEP3: Collect four cups or glasses filled with water. Add color to the water and steer well. Add drops of color until the water becomes totally opaque. Four cups will contain four different color solutions.
STEP4: Split the end part of the severed stem. Use a knife or sharp blade to cut lengthwise up to 6 inches.
STEP5: The four ends of the split stem is now should be dipped into four color cups. It should stand erect. Otherwise give support to it.
STEP6: Wait for 24 hours and see the magic. Look at the transformation of your simple white rose! Now take it out. After that bind the split ends using adhesive tapes.
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J had a plastic toy dinosaur hanging around, that I thought could be improved so that it would go with the rest of our decor. It is always good to add a little geekiness to your decor (and dinosaurs are awesome).
This is also a super simple quick craft that can be done in an afternoon.
First what you need is a plastic animal (dinosaur, cat, alien or whatever is your preference).
You will need white or off white acrylic paint. I prefer a little softer white I think it is not as harsh and helps make it look more “ceramic”.
Your secret weapon in this DIY will be the High Gloss Finish. Martha Stewart makes a great one that really adds that high shine.
Then all you have to do is start painting. Depending on the color of your plastic animal it might take anywhere from 2-3 coats of paint to achieve full coverage.
You want to make sure each coat is fully dried before adding the next. I know it is hard to wait, believe me I feel ya, but everything will look a lot smoother if you wait.
After it is fully covered and the paint has dried, it is time to add the High Gloss Finish. DO NOT BE STINGY WITH THIS. Make sure you are really adding a lot of different layers it helps it to make it super shiny. After it has been glossy-fied let it dry over night before it finds its new permanent home.
You can see that he is currently living on my side of the bookcase. Who could blame me when he turns out that chic.
MAKE IT MODERN: DIY COLORFUL PLASTI DIP KEY TOPS
- Performix Plasti Dip Create Your Color
- Super Glue
- miniature figures or letters (I found a good selection of these at AC Moore and my local Artist & Craftsman)
- glass mixing containers (a note on that below)
- a pack of toothpicks, coffee stirrers, or small paint brushes
- a craft knife
Step 1: Figure out how you want your miniatures set on the key, and glue them on. Be careful and quick when you’re placing them – the glue dries fast and strong, so you won’t get too much of a chance to reposition anything. When considering placement, make sure you leave space for a key hole if you intend to use a key ring.
Step 2: Mix your colors – the tints are VERY heavily pigmented, so a little goes a long way. Keep in mind that less is more, and only mix a drop or two at a time. For example, I made a pretty aqua using about 2 drops of blue, 1 drop of yellow (pictured), and a drop of white. You really don’t need much. Start small and add slowly as you need.
Step 3: Here’s where the Plasti “Dip” was a little misleading. Since you’re using miniatures, you don’t actually want to dip the keys. Rubberizer is really goopy and fills in holes, so if you dip, you could end up with little blobs instead of figures or letters. Instead, use a brush or – what I ended up using – a toothpick to carefully apply the colors. If you apply too much or it hides detail around the edges, you can use a craft knife to trace around your miniature for more detail before you put on a second or third coat. It’ll look a little weird at first, but just pull off any little nubs you don’t want and it’ll work itself out after a couple more coats.
Step 4: Let the Plasti Dip dry for at least 24 hours before using, and you’re set!
so every year after the juniors finish reading The Great Gatsby my high school english teacher throws a Gatsby party at his huge house and everyone shows up in period clothing and Charlestons to 20s music and my english teacher just wears a suit and stands off to the side staring wistfully out the window the entire night
you guys think I’m joking??