DIY Mandala Tapestry ~ Faux Batik Method

For years I’ve found batik fascinating- it’s a traditional fabric colouring method that involves drawing designs with hot wax onto fabric, then dyeing. The wax protects the fabric, and once removed, you have a pretty design. BUT it’s time consuming, difficult, and not everyone has access to the materials and tools needed.

Enter: the easiest “batik” method ever!!

All you need is flour and water! Yup, that’s it.

I’m going to be using this to create a mandala tapestry on an old bed sheet. (Tip: instead of paying for fabric, buy a sheet from a thrift store. Its cheaper, and the edges are already hemmed 😉 )

Here’s how to make the batik flour paste:

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1.25 parts all purpose flour
  • 1 part water

The amount you will need depends on how large your design is. I would recommend mixing as you go to avoid it drying out. I used 1.25 cups of flour and 1 cup water at a time!

Put it into a piping bag (or snip the corner of a plastic bag), and begin drawing your design on the fabric. Make sure you place some plastic underneath the sheet, as it will soak through.

If you’re a perfectionist (like me), you can draw your design in a washable marker beforehand. See the video below to see how I drew perfect circles.

ANYWAY, once you’ve finished your design, allow it to dry for 12-24 hours. It will turn darker, and should be completely dry to the touch.

Next, instead of submersion dyeing it (like the traditional batik method), we will be spraying fabric paint onto it.

Mix 1 part fabric paint and 5 parts water in a spray bottle (you could also sponge it on, if you don’t have a spray bottle). Spray the fabric paint all over the sheet- you can use as many colours as you want!

Allow it to completely dry, then peel off the flour paste. Heat set it with an iron (if your fabric paint instructs you to), and throw it in the washing machine to remove any residue of the flour paste.

And that’s it! If you want to see the video tutorial, I’ve embedded it below. x

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DIY Bath Bombs (with flowers inside!)

Do you ever see those Instagram posts of girls sitting in bathtubs full of rose petals? Well you can make your own bathtub heaven, and it’s SO much easier than you think!

This week’s tutorial is going to show you how to make DIY Lush inspired bath bombs, with surprise flowers inside, that appear when you put it in the water! These DIY bath bombs make fantastic gifts for Mothers Day, Valentines Day, Christmas, for your best friend, sibling, (or yourself 😉

 

YOU WILL NEED:
1/2 Cup epsom salts
1/2 Cup corn starch (aka corn flour)
1/2 Cup citric acid
1 Cup bi carb soda (aka baking soda)
handful of dried flowers
2.5 tsp oil of choice (I used coconut)
2 tsp essential oil (or replace with regular oil)
1 tsp water
1/2 tsp food colouring

You will also need some moulds. If you want to use a spherical mould like I did, you can find them on eBay or amazon!

HOW TO MAKE THE BATH BOMBS:

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DIY Polymer Clay Crystal Clusters

DIY Crystal Clusters- How to make polymer clay crystals at home! (DIY Room Decor) - NatashaRose.com.au

 

Hey all! Today I’ll be showing you how I made these realistic crystal clusters at home, using polymer clay.

This lil’ imposter is sitting on my windowsill with my other (real) crystals, and I’m so happy with how it turned out! I can’t wait to make more and experiment with gold leaf, glitter, and maybe even chrome or iridescent paints to finish them.DIY Crystal Clusters- How to make polymer clay crystals at home! (DIY Room Decor) - NatashaRose.com.au

Anyway- here’s how you can create your own! If you like following video instructions, you might like to check out the video I made here. 

You will need:

  • a craft knife/blade
  • an oven
  • chalk pastels (or another dust pigment, such as eyeshadow)
  • black polymer clay (optional)
  • high gloss glaze
  • translucent polymer clay

STEPS:

 

  • Begin by rolling your polymer clay into cylinders- each cylinder will become a crystal point, so keep that in mind. Vary the size and length.
  • Pop them in the freezer for 30 minutes. When you take them out, they should be nice and firm, so we can cut the edges really cleanly.
  • Cut down the sides of each point to create 4 edges. Then cut each of those corners, to create a hexagonal shape. Then simply cut the top into a multi-faceted point.
    DIY Crystal Clusters- How to make polymer clay crystals at home! (DIY Room Decor) - NatashaRose.com.au
  • Use your craft knife to shave some dust from the chalk pastels. Using a soft paintbrush, apply the pigment onto just the tops of the crystals, and blend it down gently. For some reason or another, the pigment really likes to stick to the sharp edges- which is really good, because it makes the facets of the finished crystals look really clean and sharp!

 

  • Gather all the off cuts of translucent clay and push them into a flat shape- this will be our base! But put it aside for now, we won’t need it til later.

  • Mix some black and translucent clay (or you could mix some black chalk pastel pigment in), and roll it into a marbled grey. Chop little pieces off it, and then form the pieces into a base, exactly the same as we did with the translucent clay.

  • Now its time to bake! Bake the crystal points, as well as the GREY base, but not the translucent base. Follow the instructions on your packaging. And I have to be real with you… I baked them on my car dashboard. What can I say- our oven was broken, and its summer in Australia! #resourceful

DIY Crystal Clusters- How to make polymer clay crystals at home! (DIY Room Decor) - NatashaRose.com.au

  • Once they’ve cooled completely (don’t burn yourself!), sandwich the grey base underneath the translucent one. Because we haven’t baked the translucent base, it will be nice and soft, and we can press the crystal points into it.
  • When you’re happy with the arrangement, you can bake it again. (Yes, polymer clay can be baked multiple times). Unfortunately this time I used and oven, and I burnt it. *cries* But, I made another, and it actually turned out better, so I’m not too mad 😉
  • The last step is to add a high gloss glaze or varnish! This is going to make all the facets of your crystals really pop!

That’s it! How simple is it?? The beauty of using translucent clay is that it looks so natural- kind of milky beige colour instead of opaque white. And using the pastel dust gives us a lot of control over how the colour is dispersed, and also keeps the translucent properties of the clay (unlike paint).

If you create one (or five) of these yourself, be sure to let me know how it turns out (you can also send me a message or tag me on Instagram), I’d love to see!

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