Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pinterest Poser Challenge Holiday Style-Bleached T-shirts & Susanna Hoffs

It's time again for the Pinterest Poser Challenge In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,* every week I  detail a new Pinterest challenge whether it be a new recipe or a craft.   
**My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.** 

This is the third installment of Pinterest Poser For the Holidays.  Or otherwise known as, four weeks of gift reveals for some of my favorite relatives.  Luckily, most of my relatives don't read this blog so they won't see the potentially crappy homemade gifts they will be getting.

Except this week, there's nothing crappy about the homemade gift. And in a weird way it involves Susanna Hoffs, you know, the lead singer from The Bangles.

The gift idea this week is: Homemade Personalized T-shirts.  And I am IN LOVE with how easy it was and how much fun it was.  Not only would these shirts make a great gift for, well, anyone, they would also be a fun craft project to make with older kids.

The idea was pinned from the amazing Designmom.com.  I love everything about her site, click here to check it out.

T-shirt on sales for $3.99 at Michael's.  
Duck Paper (a totally rad product I didn't know existed) $1.99 a sheet at Michael's.
Bleach $1.29 from the grocery store.
Scissors, pen and blank paper.

Designmom.com used one of those fancy Silhouette machines to make her letters and designs.  I used a piece of blank paper out of my printer and a red pen.  I wrote down the phrase and cut it out. I then traced it onto the Duck paper and cut that out too.  I placed the letters where I wanted them on the shirt.

Then put a towel inside the shirt as a blocker and then started dabbing the shirt with straight bleach.
***Be careful not to use too much bleach, because it will bleed through the tape.***

I threw the shirt in the dryer for a bit and then peeled off the tape.  BAM! Totally cute shirt for my girl Lu. Merry Christmas!

So what the hell does Susanna Hoffs have to do with all this?  Did anyone out there see her big screen debut in a classic  movie called The Allnighter?  Circa 1987?  

Well, if you didn't you missed a great movie.  It was my favorite movie in my tween years.  I watched it all. the. time.  
Click here to watch the trailer.
It's so 80s.

Susanna Hoffs? Eh, she was okay.  But there was a deeper message that I took away from that movie that still rings true over 20 years later.  You see there were two surfer dude friends in the movie that were taking different paths after college.  One surfer dude (Killer) tells the other surfer dude (CJ) "You be you."

Brilliant. And while the movie poster lacks a worthy message for my daughter, the surfer dudes' quote is perfect for her.

Have a favorite movie from the 80s that you want to quote on a T-shirt? I highly recommend this project.  Make a shirt for an old friend with an inside joke only the two of you get.  Make a shirt for your son who loves Mickey Mouse--that's my next project to make one with Mickey Mouse ears for my son Wade who is obsessed.

Even my husband was getting in on this project.  He started drawing ideas.  Now I have to go get more T-shirts.

Check out last week's amazing projects (click here) from guest Pinterest Poser Challenger Amy (follow her here on Pinterest for more ideas).

Or click here.  to see week one's gift idea.  It involved writing on plates and cups and should only be done by people with pretty good handwriting.

Are you planning on making any gifts for people this holiday season?  

Do tell. 
Share your project ideas or gifts that you've 
made before in the comments.

Check out some of the other Pinterest Poser Challenge projects I've made in the last month:

Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here

Please share what you're working on in the comments here or over on Facebook.

Oh yeah, and come on over and follow my Pinterest boards too.

And just because, here's one of my favorite Bangles songs, their cover of Hazy Shade of Winter from another 1980s classic movie Less Than Zero.

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