DIY Bleach Pen Cat Shirt

Bleach pen cat shirt

 

I was inspired to do this DIY after I saw this sweater on Pinterest. This project cost me ZERO dollars and only took about thirty minutes. Clorox Bleach Pens can be found at most stores for less than three dollars (luckily I had one on hand, it is amazing at cleaning bathroom grout). The only tricky part about this DIY project is making sure to not drip any bleach on other parts of the shirt.


What you need

As far as materials go, you can use any color t-shirt. I chose black because when bleached it turns orange, and that’s the color I wanted my cat to be.

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Step One: Insert a sturdy rectangular object into the t-shirt. Using a hair tie or rubber band, secure the sleeves in the back to make the front of the shirt  taut.

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Step Two: In the middle of the t-shirt start drawing the outline of the cat face with the fine point end of the bleach pen. Make sure that the stream of bleach is steady by testing a line on a piece of paper. I drew a circle first, added the ears and whiskers, and then filled the face and ear portions using the large applicator side on the bleach pen.

Step Three: Let the bleach sit for about twenty minutes. Then rinse the bleach off of the t-shirt. Make sure to not smear any bleach when moving the t-shirt to the sink.

Step Four: Wash, dry and wear.

#DIYbleachpencatshirt

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Vintage Redux (All Gold Everything)

There is something magical about antiquing. My wallet does not favor antiquing over thrifting but sometimes you can find a unique piece for cheap. When I went to my favorite local antique mall, Big Peach Antiques Mall, this past Tuesday I came across some cute kitty finds that were 50% off. I picked up some tiny porcelain kitten salt and pepper shakers, that had most of their paint rubbed off ($2.99 for the pair). I also found an absolutely ADORABLE cat bowl($1.99), which now holds my jewelry in my bathroom.

meow I hold jewelry now

I did not want to change anything about the cat bowl, but my salt and pepper shakers needed some love. I decided they needed to be gold, because nothing is classier than gold. (Trinidad James and Gold Member  approve this vintage redux).

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This redux is  inexpensive and very easy. I purchased gold spray paint from Hobby Lobby for $6.99 (this size will last for many projects).

Step One: Wipe any dust or residue off of your salt shakers.

Step Two: In a well ventilated area start spray painting your shakers in thin even coats. My shakers only needed one coat, if you need to do multiple coats allow at least 5 minutes of dry time in between coats.

Step Three: Let your shakers dry for at least ten minutes, and fill with salt and pepper!

vintage redux

#vintagekittyshakerredux

DIY Top Entry Litter Box

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Let’s face it, litter boxes are a pain in the ass. My cat, Samuel, is so proud of his “duties” that after each time he uses his litter box he feels the need to bound out of it at the speed of light, causing a trail of litter from my laundry room to the kitchen. I know you feel my pain and I bet you sweep around your cat’s litter box multiple times a day too. I am taking a stand, and you should too!

This DIY top entry litter box is cheap (if not free), practical, and will save your living space from litter tracking.

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Step One: Grab a large plastic storage container and a medium sized pot cover (or anything that is round and big enough for your cat to fit through ), and trace the pot cover about two inches from the back of the lid.

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Step Two: Using a Dremel cutting tool (box cutter, or even sharp scissors) cut along the line you traced in step one.

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Step Three: Buff out the rough edges of the hole with a file. The file I’m using is called a bastard file (hehe), but sandpaper would work as well.

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Step Four: Measure the non-slip drawer line and cut a piece long enough to fit on the lid of the container. Then position the pot cover you used as your guide in step one and trace it with a dry erase marker onto the non-slip drawer liner.

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Step Five: Cut along the circle you traced in step four, making sure to not cut into the border of the non-slip drawer liner.

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Step Six: Carefully align the non-slip drawer cover onto the lid lining both holes up. Lift the non-slip material little by little and glue it onto the lid with a hot glue gun. This step was the most time consuming and works best if you have a helping hand. I glued around the edge of the hole first and then glued the rest of the non-slip material down. When finished fill the container with litter and replace your old litter box. 

Samuel has used this litter box for three days and I have only felt the need to sweep close to his litter box once! What I love about this DIY top entry litter box is the litter that would be on the floor is now trapped in the non-slip material. When I cleaned his litter box out it was easy to dump the litter on top back into the box.

This project cost me ZERO dollars. I had all of the materials on hand (minus the power tool and file…which I acquired from my boyfriend).

I hope you all enjoyed this project! Tweet me your finished products! @makeovermeow #topentrylitterbox