DIY Natural Elements Dreamcatcher March 03 2015, 15 Comments

Here at Urbanization we are known for our unique and original store displays.  You can feel the boho inspired vibe and atmosphere right when you walk in the door.  Our Creative Director Sunny Hartley comes up with a creative direction and theme for every season and all the ladies work together to make it come to life.  We handcraft our displays and search flea markets for vintage treasures.  We love hearing from our customers how much they enjoy the displays we make!

This Spring we are going for a natural beachy atmosphere and to anchor the look we are starting with our DIY dreamcatchers.  We have created a step by step guide so you can make your own at home!



Supply list:

- 3 wood sticks of even length.  Ours are about 2 feet long

- natural colored cotton string

- hemp or jute twine

- feathers

- hot glue gun

- scissors




Step 1:  

Lay your sticks into your desired shape.  Use the hot glue gun to temporarily hold them in place.  Next take the twine to tie and wrap it around the edges of the sticks to secure them in place.  


Step 2:  

Cut pieces of the twine and string.    We wanted a v-shape at the bottom of our dreamcatcher so we cut the hanging pieces in decreasing lengths.  Loop and knot them over the bottom base piece of the triangle.  We recommend looping 3 to 6 pieces of string at once to make it look fuller and speed the process along.  You can braid the hanging pieces for more interest and texture.  



Step 3:  

Add your final touches.  We hung clusters of feathers in the middle for a delicate whimsical touch.  In order to hang it up we braided a piece of the twine and looped it through the top of the triangle for a secure handle.  



Step 4:

Hang on your wall or dangle from the ceiling.  Enjoy!





Photo and copy credit: Gennifer Rose

DIY: Find Your Arrow Valentine's Cards February 14 2015, 0 Comments

There's no better way to show how much you care for your Valentine than a home made card!  Our DIY cards are inspired by this year's Find Your Arrow store theme. 


Set 1: Get your supplies!

We rummaged through our craft drawers and found all kinds of goodies we could use for this project.  There's no exact list, just whatever inspires you!  If you plan on using paints then make sure you use card stock paper.  Otherwise your paper will get soggy and crinkle when it dries.



Step 2: Get crafty!

We decided to use watercolor in all sorts of fun ways.  We painted our doilies and used stencils to create all kinds of fun designs.  



Step 3: Assemble!

We built our cards with glitter, feathers, layers of doilies, natural card stock paper and lots of love!  Write in a personal message and give to your loved ones!  Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Urbanization!! 




 Photo and copy credit: Gennifer Rose


Tutorial: Gypsy Head Scarf November 01 2013, 2 Comments

I'm sure you've all seen them. The infamous head scarf. They are absolutely adorable, and can really add that boho touch you're looking for. The Moroccan boho look is a huge trend for this fall and winter and a head scarf is the perfect way to keep warm and add that flair you're looking for to complete your look. 

Store Manager, Sunny came into work as a Gypsy for Halloween her head scarf made the entire outfit. Then that got me thinking... I have always wanted to know how to make a cute head scarf, and I'm sure some of you do too! Unbeknownst to me that it is actually one of easiest looks to achieve.


So here it is, our headscarf tutorial to give you that cute boho gypsy look we've been craving this Fall!


Now you know! It just takes 7 easy steps:) Happy holidays gypsies! 



Dip Dyed Shoes: Inspired By The Trend June 25 2013, 45 Comments

When it comes to the trends featured in our store, it’s always fun to try and come up with other accessories and complimentary pieces that go with the trend. With Dip Dye, I immediately knew I wanted to try to dip dye my boring, solid some plain old sneakers! I love how simple this process is, and how easy it is to do! You can also switch it up and try different colors or try it on other accessories like canvas totes.

All you need are some white sneakers, fabric dye (in your choice of color), Vaseline, baking powder and an old toothbrush.

You can buy simple canvas sneakers at Payless for around $15.00 or go for some Keds. Rit fabric dye works great on cottons and really affordable!

1.Start by preparing your sneakers, removing any laces and removable inserts. To protect the rubber sole from discoloring, coat the sides with a thin layer of Vaseline or petroleum jelly. You don't need too much, just enough to create a barrier between the dye and the rubber.


2. Mix your dye as per the packet instructions, with hot water and salt as required. Thoroughly wet your sneakers before starting, this will help the dye to take evenly.

3. Take your sneakers and quickly dip the toes in and out of the dye bath about 1/3 of the way. Check out the depth of the colour and decide if it is too dark or light for your liking. If too dark, water down your dye mixture and dip again, this time slightly higher than your first dip.

4. Repeat the previous step staggering the level of your dip along the shoes so that the lightest shade starts at the tongue and the darkest shade is at the tip of the toes.

5. Take a damp cloth and gently rub the color, blurring any harsh lines to create a smooth transition from light to dark. Dip the cloth into a watered down cup of dye if need be.

6. When you are happy with the color, allow to sit for five minutes and then rinse the shoes under running water until the water runs clear. Hang to dry overnight.



7. Once your shoes have dried, you can remove the Vaseline from the soles. Take a few teaspoons of baking powder and pour onto the Vaseline. Allow to sit for a couple of minutes and then, using an old dry toothbrush or bristled brush, scrub away at the baking powder. It should start to clump and come away in balls. Continue around the shoe until you have removed all the Vaseline and wipe over with a paper towel. Repeat if necessary until the soles are no longer tacky to touch. (Any residual Vaseline will wear away over time.)

8. Return the laces to your shoes, pop them on and enjoy!