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DIY Super Kid Cape

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My almost 3 year old son recently started to role play super heroes and bad guys. He even has a special “bad guy” voice he uses when playing the role (which is hysterical). I wanted to allow him to take his creativity to the next level. So I planned a DIY project to make our own super hero/villain capes. He had a great time and loves flying around the house while pretending to save the day or sprinkling the darkness around, haha. We used old t-shirts to make our capes and the following directions can help you create your own.

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What you will need:

Old t-shirt
fabric scissors and/or paper scissors
water-based fabric paint/ink
contact paper
masking, painters or artist tape
paint brushes
hair dryer
clothes iron
sharpie marker
vinyl sticker letters and numbers
drop cloth
yardstick or ruler
flat work space

Start out by prepping your work area with plastic, canvas or old bed sheet.

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Turn t-shirt inside out if it has text or design and smooth down on your work surface. Then cut up the front center to the seam of collar.

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Cut around the collar to the shoulder seams.

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Flip t-shirt over and cut from the botton left corner seam at an angle to the bottom of the collar. Use ruler if you need a guideline.

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Repeat on the right side.

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You are ready to tape down your corners.

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Design your cape by using contact paper to create custom stencils, use vinyl letter stickers for easy text and numbers designs, and use tape to create fun lines and borders.

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Making a Stencil: Draw out your shapes on grid side of contact paper with sharpie marker. Tip: We traced plates and jar lids to create circles of our designs.

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Cut out your sticker stencils.

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Pull the backing off of the contact paper and lay adhesive side down onto your fabric. Remember that the area covered up with contact paper stencils, stickers or tape will remain the color of your t-shirt and all exposed fabric will get painted.

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Using a paint brush, apply even layer of fabric pigment. When using dark fabrics two coats of ink may be necessary.

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Fabric inks must be heat set into fabrics using high heat. Use a hair dryer immediately after applying ink until completely dry to the touch. Continue this step for every layer you add. *Note – Once you are finished with your design it is recommended that water-based fabric inks be cured into the fabric using a household iron on high heat up to 5 minutes and then put into clothes dryer on high heat up to 30 – 45 minutes or more. Some even recommend baking in conventional oven at 350 degrees for a few minutes. I have never used this method but wanted to mention it as an option.

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Remove stencils, tape or stickers when the ink is dry to reveal the amazing design left behind on your new super cape.

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Ta-da! You and your Super Little or Villain are ready to fly around in style.

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Resources:
DickBlick.com, DharmaTrading.com, Michaels.com, Target.com,

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Patterns & Pancakes

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Hello, I am a pattern and texture inspired artist who enjoys cooking, eating whole foods and living an active life in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This blog will feature VKD products and lifestyle tips on design, cooking, eating and entertaining.

Today I am pleased to share two things I LOVE with you in my first post. They are blueberry pancakes and two of my hand-printed table linens. These designs were inspired by my original paintings then redesigned for hand-printed home decor. The pancakes were inspired by my two year old son’s book Curious George Makes Pancakes. So we started making pancakes together (he loves to cook) and came up with this recipe. I hope you enjoy my patterns and my pancakes on the very Happy Labor Day Weekend!

All the best

-Valerie

Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes with hemp and cashew milk, drizzled with flax oil and maple syrup: featuring my VKD O’s design hand-printed table napkins and place-mats. Art for the everyday living. 

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Whole Wheat Blue Berry Pancakes Recipe

4 eggs

2 and 2/3c cashew, hemp or almond milk

6T melted coconut oil or butter

1/2c maple syrup or honey

1T vanilla extract

3 1/2c whole wheat flour

1t sea salt

2T baking powder

optional: 1T hemp seed or flax seed

1 1/2c fresh blueberries (if you use frozen berries I would omit 2-3T milk liquid)’

Yeilds: about 2 dozen pancakes.

Tip: Store any left over pancakes in airtight container or freezer. Then pop them in the toaster oven when ready to enjoy again!

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In a mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs then add melted coconut oil, milk, syrup, butter and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Then add flour, salt, baking powder and flax seed to the bowl and mix well.

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Heat griddle to medium-low and lightly surface with grapeseed oil cooking spray or melted butter. When the surface is ready and hot drop small circles of batter onto the griddle. I like using 1/4c measuring cup to pour my circles. Add blueberries to the pancakes and let cook 3-5 minutes until bubbles appear on. Flip your pancake and cook another 2-3 minutes. Top with flax oil and maple syrup. Or try topping with butter and honey or coconut oil and honey. Enjoy!

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Featured – VKD hand-printed table linens are the Small O dinner napkin and Large O place mat.