Shannon Berrey

How to make a t-shirt bowl

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I love creating and giving personal graduation gifts. If your kids are like mine, they have drawers full of t-shirts--school, sports, camps, you name it. Many are now too small or too soiled. But, even so, I can never get myself to throw them away. I've always known that one day I will use them for something and now I have come up with a project that can finally upcycle some of those shirts--t-shirt bowls. 

     This is Jack's {stained} shirt that I started with. The logo size was perfect for a 8-9" bowl. There was also a smaller logo on the back that I used to make a smaller bowl. 

You need to find a bowl to use as your mold. I thought I would use a bowl I already had. But, when I started searching my cabinets, I decided everything I had was a little too deep. The more shallow and flat the bowl, the less folds in the fabric and the clearer your logo looks. So, I went to Wal-Mart and found this 8 1/2" bowl. 

    

Here is the info in case you want to buy one.

 

I cut a big circle and then placed it inside the bowl to see how it would look.

I wrapped the bottom of the bowl in tin foil.  

And just in case you want to see the other side...

I used fabric Mod-Podge and coated the front side of the fabric with a layer.

 

I laid the coated side down to cover the bottom of the bowl, over the tin foil. Then I coated the backside with the Mod-Podge, smoothing it down as flat as possible.

FYI...it takes days for this to dry.

It's hard to see from this angle, but this cakeplate turned upside down, makes a great place to prop the bowl on to dry because it keeps the bowl suspended about an inch off the plate. 

Now, here's where we detoured a bit. When this was dry {days later} I pried it off of the bowl and found it to be super flimsy. Too flimsy. So, I decided to bulk it up by adding a layer of paper mache on the bottom.  

{I didn't do this, but I should have: After the t-shirt dries, paint it with primer before applying the newspaper. It will avoid the gray color of the newsprint from coming through on the 'right' side)   

I used 2 layers of newspaper with the Mod-Podge. When it was dry, I used scissors to cut a clean edge. Before I added the newspaper, the inside of the bowl was really smooth. When I added the paper mache, I think that it caused the fabric to become a little wrinkly. I wonder if you were to add the newspaper at the same time you mod podged the bottom of the t-shirt, if it wouldn't be smoother...} 

See how yellow the small bowl looks? This is the newsprint color coming through. Learn from my mistakes, peeps.

 

To give the bottom a finished look, I used gold paint applied with a foam brush. 

It takes a couple of layers of gold paint to fully cover the newsprint.

I decided to paint a thin line of gold with a small brush on the inside of the rim for a finished look. {a gold paint pen would also work}

 

 

It's still a little flimsy, but it doesn't bother me. The Fabric Mod Podge has a shiny protective finish but obviously, this is a 'catch-all' bowl, not an 'eat out of' bowl. This would also be a fun Father's Day or a great Teacher's gift {not to mention that is costs almost nothing to make!}     

Needlework paintings

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

 

Did you get a chance to take a look at the impressive portraits created by artist, Cayce Zavaglia in this month's Elle Decor? Holy Love!! These are not paintings, dear readers, but thousands of stitches that Cayce refers to as 'renegade embroidery' that she layers to create these stunning realistic works of art.   

 The back of the above portrait:

'Zavaglia begins each piece by taking photographs of her subject against a plain gray background. After selecting an image, she transfers it to fabric, draws over it in sharp detail--every line, hair, wrinkle--then starts to sew. The hair comes first, followed by the forehead, as she works her way down the face.'  

She does paint the background but then puts the paints away. After becoming pregnant with her first child, she wanted to work less with oils and turpentine and turned to a different medium--needlework.  A large work can consist of 80-100 colors of crewel wool and take up to 7 months to complete.    

 

 

 

 

To see more of her amazing work, check out her website here.

{images via Cayce Zavaglia}

Before and After: Phoebe Howard

Monday, May 21, 2012

I can't think of a better way to start a new week then with an amazing Before and After by the phenomenal Phoebe Howard.

Before:

The room looks large, formal and a little intimidating with it's intricate moldings, wall to wall tile and dark heavy chandelier.

After: 

But take a look at how inviting and comfortable it is now! The walls were coated in creamy white and the floors were covered in a custom rug The clients wanted orange to be used throughout the home and it was paired here with many different patterns in periwinkle.  I love that the shape of the windows were left as a feature and not covered with curtains.  

Before:

After:

{images via Phoebe Howard

Another milestone...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

 

Lots of pomp and circumstance going on at our house! We said 'goodbye' to elementary school during last night's 8th grade graduation and 'hello' to new experiences, new friends and all of the memories that high school has to offer Jack. I am not sure if I am ready to be the mother of a freshman and a senior…

Our summer begins!!


Shannon Berrey Bio
I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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